Author: Linda Ching Sledge
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Subject: Action, Adventure
Publication Year: 1991
Transforming China's Taiping Rebellion (1847-1864) into a backdrop for superior entertainment, this debut novel evokes a realm of infinite mystery where spirit-women heal the sick and divine the future, where wives and concubines perilously ally themselves against their still more treacherous husbands. Through a world that includes the politics of imperial courts, ancient legends of warrior goddesses or catastrophic seductresses, and the followers of the self-proclaimed Younger Brother of Jesus Christ moves the spirit-woman Rulan. A heroine whose rare appeal more than mitigates the implausibility of her adventures, Rulan exorcises demons, stays at a commune of invincible and self-sufficient women, serves as a spy in the household of a mighty family, wages battle alongside the rebel forces and, of course, loves and is loved. Details enhance the story's allure: a meal features "shrimp cunningly arranged on rare, out-of-season vegetables in the shape of a flower." Despite a weak, sensationalistic beginning and occasionally precious language (a "bewhiskered carp") this epic-length historical romance has the power to beguile.
This book is in great condition. The pages are clean and crisp with no folds or creases. There is some creasing along the spine from having been read. There are a few scuff marks on the front and back of the book due to normal shelf wear.