Mererid Evanna's Reviews > The Empress's Dagger
The Empress's Dagger (Touching Time, #2)
Mererid Evanna's review
May 28, 2019
An excellent middle-of-series novel, a lively and engaging narrative with complex characters. Again the story is told from the perspectives of the psychic Jiayi and the scholar Zhihao, leaving the motivations of others an intriguing mystery. Now that the Mandate of Heaven has been restored, the Empress Cixi wants to consolidate her power, seeking inspiration in the life of Empress Wu. New characters include a possible imperial heir, whose affability may disguise a treacherous heart, and an exacting court lady with her own agenda. The story opens out somewhat, with Jiayi being freer to come and go in the present and being able to stay longer in her visions of the past, both of which plunge her into danger. Also Zhihao begins to have vivid dreams that intersect with Jiayi's visions. I'm interested to see what happens next, if Jiayi wins her freedom and Zhihao his heart's desire.
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May 28, 2019 – Shelved
May 28, 2019 – Finished Reading