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Imperial Lady: A Fantasy of Han China (Central Asia #1)

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The daughter of a general banished from the Imperial presence accepts her fate as a political tool and turns a marriage of convenience to an aging barbarian chief into a crusade to bring honor to her family and avert a catastrophic war.

Her name was Lady Silver Snow, and she lived in a distant land long ago, the hand of fate brought her to the sumptuous court of the Son of
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Tor Books
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This is a fantasy that takes place during the Han dynasty in China, detailing the story of a young woman who must present herself to the Emperor as a potential wife-to-be and gets lost in the shuffle of Palace politics. She ends up traveling much further than she ever intended or wanted, but for duty to her Emperor, she travels to Mongolia, where she and her faithful servant must battle dark magic and tribal politics which is no less lethal in Mongolia than in the Palace back home.

Wonderfully wr
3.5 stars.

Wydaje mi się, że obie autorki należą do nielicznego grona amerykańskich pisarzy, którzy potrafią opisać inną kulturę i mentalność. Nie przeniosły współczesnej obyczajowości i nie nadały jedynie płaszczyku starożytnych Chin. Nie wiem, jak książkę odbierają rodowici Chińczycy, ale ja czytając miałam wrażenie pewnej obcości, inności w postępowaniu bohaterów. Panie odrobiły pracę domową także z wydarzeń historycznych. Plusik z mojej strony.

Od strony fabularnej - jeżeli ktoś przemęczy do
The female hero of this book recognizes the abuses of the rigidly heirarchical society she inhabits, despite her enculturation to accept it without daring to question. But she doesn't scruple to murder people forced into banditry, and argues that they deserve to suffer.

In the second part of the story, she has a more measured response to the life of the Hsiung-nu, but tends to concentrate on establishing a place in the society, though she does insitute some reforms, mostly as a response to what s
Nov 09, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this book since I read it for the first time .... when I was a teen. Sometimes when you revisit books you loved when you were younger, you are disappointed. I enjoyed it as much. A fantastic combo of historical fiction/fantasy .... based on a true story of Han princess in ancient china.

Gail Morris
Apr 07, 2013 Gail Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that this tale overlaps another I have recently read called "HEAVENLY HORSES" they are told from different sides one from a man whose sister is being married to barbarians and this one where the strong young woman goes willingly to marry that ruler.
Mar 31, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one of my favorite of Andre Norton's books. I have grown up reading her books. But this is one that read multiple times. I love the rich history and fantasy woven together to make an outstanding story.
It was an Ok story. In my oppinion, it was a little drawn out. But I liked Silver Snow and I liked Willow and her selflessness. A nice story about a Chinese legend/myth.
Mar 14, 2016 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything written by Andre Norton is wonderful. This is a fantasy taking place in Han China
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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