Political conniving, passion, treason and pageantry fill the days at the Emperor's court during the T'ang dynasty. But as the Emperor loses himself in a concubines's delights, he is little aware of the brewing conspiracy that threatens his throne. Only his friend, a eunuch acting as detective, sage, matchmaker and warrior can save his empire. HC: Morrow.
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It all begins because Lady Wu, favored consort of the Emperor, decides to pursue a hobby. Traitorous messages inside flowers delivered for arranging speak to her latent ambitions. She plans the assassination of the young prince; her own son rejects his new right to the throne; the Empress commits suicide; and the Emperor retreats into his grief. Lin Lin-fu, the unscrupulous chief minister and author of the flower messages, begins a masterfully executed reign of terror, impeded only by Kao Li-Shih, the Emperor's chief eunuch and best friend. The intricate tapestry of 8th-century China unfolds as slowly and artistically as a lotus blossom in this spellbinding novel with believable characters. Highly recommended for most public libraries. Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P.L., Col.
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"Set in eighth-century China during the T'ang dynasty, this massive historical novel quickly captures the imagination while its accuracy of detail rewards readers interested in the period . . . a triumphant mix of fact and fiction," judged PW.
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