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Dragon Lady by [Autumn Bardot]

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Kirkus Review- A slave finds freedom in a life of piracy in this novel set in 19th-century China.At the tender age of 13, Xianggu is sold into slavery by her father, an unfeeling man saddled with debts. She becomes the property of Madam Xu, a shrewd woman who runs a floating brothel in Guangzhou. Xianggu works as a "flower girl" for 10 long years, both a slave and a prostitute, her virginity sacrificed to a paying customer. All the while, she pines for some measure of independence and dreams of emulating Madam Xu and becoming an entrepreneur as well: "I saw my customers as a way to climb up, not fall under." But those dreams come to a crashing end when the "flower boat" is commandeered by the Red Flag fleet, a notorious band of pirates. Xianggu cleverly bargains for her life and eventually becomes the mistress and then wife of Zheng Yi, the squad boss who commands the largest squadron in the fleet. She learns the violent art of "sea banditry" and rises within the ranks of a deadly crew of remorseless criminals, an opportunity to effect her own emancipation: "Prostitution required the violation of my body. Piracy required my soul. The first enslaved me. The second set me free." 

Bardot thrillingly details Xianggu's ascendancy from abject poverty to a position of respected leadership among the hardest of men. A memorable character, Xianggu poignantly exemplifies a broader "story about how to survive in a cruel world, how to claw one's way to the top, how one must do horrible things to live another day." The author delivers a tale that is historically authentic, rigorously researched, and a moving portrayal of a remarkable but morally compromised life.

A gripping pirate story as historically astute as it is dramatically captivating.This book is hands down incredible. Not only impressively well researched but also wonderfully written. Top notch world-building, vivid and absolutely real-feeling descriptions, beautifully fleshed out characters, great pacing with just the right amount of tension, great intrigue, a good touch of romance and a hell lot of action. -Book Dragon
 
Loved this story. I thought it was going to be another impoverished child turned concubine turned Empress. Not at all it's a story about how an impoverished child became the most feared and respected woman in China by being a pirate. It's a tale about a woman pirate and how she overcomes all the obstacles being a female in a man's world. - Punknpearls
 
The characters came alive as I read. The story showed a world completely different. The adventure kept me coming back to read more. - Amazon Reviewer
 
Super fun action-packed book. Great character development throughout the book as a young girl grows from a lowly slave servant to queen of the seas by using her mind and body to conqueror her foes. - Mile High Reader
 
Superb. Great story. A lot going on but easy to follow- Vicky Weaver

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Dedication 
To all the women out there who know what it feels like to try to succeed in a man's world.
 

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07TTTR98T
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 1, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4537 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 81 ratings

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