Daughter of Xanadu
Dori Jones Yang
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
January 11, 2011
352 pages, Young Adult
This novel sounds like an utterly fascinating YA read! I also think that the cover is very beautiful!
Princess Emmajin is determined to become a warrior in her grandfather's army, and he is none other than the fearsome Kublai Khan... Enter the great explorer, Marco Polo, to whom she becomes fiercely attracted as they travel across 13th-century China, encountering incredible adventures. Thus she feels the tension experienced by every modern woman -- that between love and the call to a meaningful life mission.
The love story also offers what promises to be a totally enthralling exposition and contrast of two very different cultures. According to Kat's review, Ms. Jones Yang has thoroughly researched the time period, with the result that one is totally immersed in it. As everyone knows, there's nothing quite like getting lost in a good book!
The author has actually traveled to China, and visited the site where the Palace of Xanadu once stood. Read the interview with Kat of A Myriad of Books, check out her review, and enter the giveaway!! I, for one, am doing all three!
And, last but definitely not least, Ms. Jones Yang has hinted that there just might be a sequel....