301st out of 346 books — 279 voters
Green Dragon, White Tiger
Fearful of uttering such treason, a seventh century astrologer predicts that the second daughter of General Wu will one day ascend the Dragon Throne to rule China. Hot-tempered and intelligent, Black Jade's spirit and luminous beauty attract the eye of Shin-Min, the reigning Son of Heaven, and she joins his court as a concubine. At his death, Pheasant, the weak-willed son...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published 1987 by Futura Publications
(first published 1986)
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I loved this story of a concubine who rose to become an Empress of ancient China. I didn't want it to end. At times the writing was a little poetic so the idea was a little lost, but it was still well-written. Often authors writing about other cultures use so many foreign words and details it seems like they are just trying to show off what they have learned while researching the story, but that was not the case here.
Jun 10, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it 4 of 5 stars
For a book chosen simply because of its size, this turned out to be a pretty interesting read. A fictionalized account of the rise of Black Jade from concubine to Empress of China during the 7th century Tang dynasty. Motley captures the exotic flavor one expects of stories of an ancient and far away land.
Aug 15, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it 4 of 5 stars
A fictional biography about the notorious Empress Wu, the only woman in Chinese history to be an Emperor in her own right. While it's a bit on the cheesecake side, it's still very readable. Recommended.
Annette Motley lives in London. She has a degree in English and Philosophy and was a teacher. Her writing career began with short stories and serials for women's magazines, financially supported by teaching, waitressing, market research and two months in a cotton wool factory.More about Annette Motley...