Sunday, January 23, 2011

Daughter of Xanadu Giveaway

I'm not hosting a give away. Instead, I want to share about this book that captured my interest. I wanted to read this book. I've read quite a number of books with Asian settings. Since I like to read books about missionaries, most of them happened in China. Not just in books, even in movies. I guess, that's where may Asian fascination started.

Right now, I'm hoping to get this book from a give away hosted by A Myriad of Books.

Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang:
Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin's determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no skills in the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still, he charms the Khan with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a different Marco as they travel across 13th-century China, hunting 'dragons' and fighting elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a different battle as she struggles with her attraction towards Marco and her incredible goal of winning fame as a soldier.

When I was reading the synopsis of the story, I can't help but remember Walt Disney's Mulan. The story is also about a young woman who enters the world of men. Fought like a man, and was determined to show couarage and bring honor to her family.


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