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Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang
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Dec 15, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2011, favourites, bought, historical-ya, reread, author-love
Read on February 16, 2011 , read count: 2


Daughter of Xanadu is brilliant. Strong, steadfast and brave, Princess Emmajin wants nothing more than to join the Mongol army and serve her nation in the most honourable of ways imaginable: all the stories that have been passed from generation to generation, the heaping victories and the grand parades. After much strife, she is assigned a task by the Great Khan: to gain intelligence on the foreigner Latin merchants so that the Mongol army may invade Christendom (Europe). Aimed to please and to gain a place in the army, Emmajin gladly takes to the task. And then she meets Marco Polo, who seems to turn her world upside down.

Daughter of Xanadu interweaves the facts with fictional details. Before reading this, I had no previous knowledge of the happenings that surrounded the Mongol empire in its high-time of ruling. I feel that I have just come out of a really engaging, fun, stimulating and entertaining history lesson. I can say that the story was told with care. Yang really did a phenomenal amount of research for this book, so that I felt as though I was there, right where everything was happening.

Review TBPublished: 23/02
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Aik Chien 인첸 Please take the quiz on Goodreads to test your understanding for the book!

Cass -  Words on Paper Thanks for the link, Aik! I'll be honest and say I had to check up for one of the questions. We should host a Daughter of Xanadu readalong sometime in the future. Seriously? Daughter of Xanadu is probably my favourite historical YA.

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