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About the Author
SHERRY THOMAS is the author of nineteen novels across multiple genres, including the acclaimed Lady Sherlock mystery series, a YA fantasy trilogy that began with The Burning Sky, and more than a dozen romance novels, which have twice won her the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA(R) Award. Born in China, she learned English as a second language, and now lives and writes in Austin, Texas.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
New life is breathed into the ballad of Mulan. . . . Thomas (The Hollow of Fear, 2018, etc.) brings new dimensions to the iconic character, weaving emotional depth and ethnic political issues into the plot. She immerses readers in bustling city streets and freezing swaths of wilderness. Scaffolded by detailed research, the story is based on actual historic conflicts and artifacts. A refreshing new take that pays homage to a legendary character. --Kirkus Reviews
The camaraderie among the princeling's staff (and Mulan's matchmaking between two of the men) will draw readers in, even as intrigue over a traitorous spy and a government coup heighten the suspense. It is Mulan's story, however--her rocky introduction to combat and her growth in valor, plus the growing attraction between her and the princeling--that makes this revisioning of the ancient Chinese legend (that also inspired the animated Disney feature, scheduled for an upcoming live-action treatment) such a captivating tale. --The Horn Book Magazine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : September 9, 2019
- File size : 9863 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Lee & Low Books/Tu Books (September 9, 2019)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07T6C2ZF9
- Print length : 319 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #283,518 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I especially enjoyed the history, culture and geography the author wove in.
I'll be re-reading this and looking for more books by this author.
However, the writing in it can become a bit wordy and pretentious. It sometimes lacks self awareness by using flowery language for simple descriptions, kind of like fan fiction in some instances.
It is the classic try hard writing, sentences will go on for a long time with too many adjectives, when a lot of it could have been implied or more concisely communicated. That is combined with its first person perspective, so it sounds like Mulan herself is trying too hard to tell you the story. It sounds almost like she is exaggerating.
Anyways, the story adapted well to English. It captures China how it actually was, instead of being just a theme, like in Disney. The story is as good as it has always been, and the writer does the story and China justice.
The writing is not horrible, just a bit pretentious and wordy. If you have any interest in China or the original Mulan story, then get this book.
PS: The cover art is fantastic. It is why I bought the book for the reading area in my history class, hopefully encouraging kids to actually read something.
The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan book delivered it all. I loved it.
There was a sweet/"clean" romance and it made my heart melt. It was so so sweet. I would absolutely recommend this book if you're looking for something fun and heart-warming to read.