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The Man in the Dragon Mask

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One Face

Two Men

And A Secret That Could Destroy An Empire

At the dawn of the Ming Dynasty, the emperor will do anything to ensure the future of his empire. Building the Forbidden City in fulfillment of his father's dreams is only the beginning.

But few people share the emperor's vision.

When a consort's betrayal has devastating consequences that rock the imperial court, the
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Red Empress Publishing
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J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Set in ancient China, at the start of the Ming dynasty, The Man in the Dragon Mask by Amanda Roberts is a re-imagining of Dumas' Man in the Iron Mask. It was neat to see a new take on this old story, especially set in China. I love historical fiction, and the cultures of Asia are always fascinating to me. It's a glimpse into cultures that are quite different from the past of my own. I loved the description in this book. It was easy to conjure the illusion of the Forbidden Palace or ancient ...more
Ewa
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This a very good read ,especially if you like Far East history and tales. The magic, the tragedy.
The Ming Royal Family, the characters, the culture and the time of ancient Dynasty is really fascinating.
It’s very interesting and engaging read.
The prologue begins with grief of having twin daughters. It’s misfortune and only one should survive.
The Emperor follows the wisdom of predecessor. Or one could say it’s a curse...and sickness.

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Dr.Venkat Kumaresan
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is impressive and gives a feeling of having watched a big-budget period movie. It brings out the impression of a majestic palace, the sounds, the prisons, culture so well. As a reader and author of self-help books, fiction books have not been my interest. The detailing, narration, and articulation made me feel as if I was living in China during the period. The psyche and character sketch of different characters like Fei, Ruolan, Hongdi, the dowager empress is so well-defined. There are ...more
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the opening scene where the Empress delivers not one but two royal Princes to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty only to have the second one taken to be put to death because it was a bad omen, we are given glimpses of a different culture through the eyes of this talented author. She has a knack for providing details and vivid descriptions of days long past. She brings history to life like no one else

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Carol
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A old story re-worked. I have always enjoyed Amanda Roberts' books. She manages to bring an authenticity to the plot and paints a vivid picture with her writing. Familiar yet different, the story of pain, anger, greed and jealousy told in a different time, in a different place and yet resounds with the same intensity that is suffered in this day and age.

A great read, totally enjoyed.
Betty Reynolds
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel which reflected Dumas' idea of a man in an iron mask! It is a compelling story with many surprises, made more intriguing by being set in China at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. Would it be possible for a twin separated from his family at birth to replace his brother as the emperor?

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Rosario Barrera
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting story, full of palace intrigue, love and betrayal. Also a sort of homage to Alexandre Dumas, this tale is bittersweet from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

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