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- Book 2 of 3 in The Dragon Series
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About the Author
For more than thirty years, William Andrews was a copywriter and a marketing/brand executive with several Fortune 500 companies. For fifteen years, he ran his own advertising agency. At night and on weekends (and sometimes during the workday!), Bill wrote fiction. His first novel, The Essential Truth, won first place in the 2008 Mayhaven Contest for fiction.
The Dragon Queen is Bill’s fourth novel and is the second book in his trilogy about Korea, which includes Daughters of the Dragon—A Comfort Woman’s Story and a planned third book.
Today, Bill is retired and focused on his writing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, who’s been an inner-city schoolteacher for thirty-two years.
- Publication date : March 6, 2018
- File size : 1570 KB
- Print length : 316 pages
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (March 6, 2018)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B075JHQLFW
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,852 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book depicts the cultural practices and the caste system very well as well as the self-serving interests and corruption that the upper classes pursued at the expense of the general population is conveyed clearly.
Eager to read his sequel.
The story is told well and enjoyably, even if the primary Korean character is perhaps portrayed a bit _too_ capable and knowledgeable. After reading other critiques of Daughters of the Dragon Queen I was perhaps sensitized to some of the mistakes on Korean terminology, so each time that Korean names were listed with the surnames last I found myself a bit irritated. It's notable that these sort of trivial issues, once in mind, can negatively affect enjoyment even when I repeatedly tried to tell myself not to let them. It would seem these could have been edited to the more correct Korean treatment.
I also note that considered moves towards Russia and/or the USA as buffers against Japanese pressure seem to have escaped this story. I only found this upon checking the historical veracity of this story so I didn't really miss it at the time, but in retrospect this seems to show the flexibility of the Dragon Queen's approach to diplomacy and might have added to the tale.
I enjoyed this novel quite a bit more than it's precursor.
This has been driving me absolutely nut and kind of ruined the enjoyment of the book. Also, I agree with another reviewer who had mentioned that the whole Anna dressing as the queen and kidnapping Nate (a rather bland and one dimensional character) to tell this story is a bit outlandish and seems forced. It also kind of makes Anna look a bit unhinged. I feel like the set up for Nate was rushed which basically put him in the position of being the human equivalent of a brick wall that Anna could have talked to. I know that she's giving a narrative and Nate is entranced, but the whole thing about her dressing as Empress Myeongseong is just off-putting.
Tl:dr: Book was good, the story of Empress Myeongseong was very interesting, but the modern parallels were off-putting .
The story was interesting from a historical point of view, I now understand more about how Korea’s present day situation developed; but I don’t enjoy having history force fed to me in a fiction book. Had I wanted to read the History of Korea, I could have visited the History section of a Library.
The parallel time line in this book did not work for me at all. The section where Anna captures Nate and dresses up as a Queen to give a historical lecture was frankly ridiculous. Nate himself a one-dimensional unbelievable caricature.
Disappointing, like so many sequels.
Top reviews from other countries
Dragon Queen is a book I really enjoyed, historical fiction with a rich vein of truth running through it. She was a fascinating woman and I wonder what she would of done with her life had she lived in this day and age. Well done Bill, are there anymore books in the pipeline?
Interspersed with this story about 19th century Korea, there are sections that describe the present-day reality. The book doesn't focus on that too much, but it made me realise how little I know about Korea, its history, its divisions and longing for a reunification; before this book, I couldn't tell you more than two sentences about it (the basic things, such as: there's a border that breaks it into two separate nations - North and South, with completely different "management styles", and that the North's leader is Kim Jong-un, who has got an interesting relationship with Trump). It was super interesting to read about how they got there, and how they used to be before 1945, when the Russians and the Americans decided to draw a temporary line on the map - a line that happens to still stand 75 years later (though not in the exact same place), re-enforced by the most heavily militarized border in the world. All in all, I’d say it’s well worth a read, and I’m really looking forward to start the final book in this series.