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The Moon in the Palace

(2016)
(The first book in the Empress of Bright Moon Duology series)
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Winner of RWA RITA Award 2017
Goodreads Choice Awards "Best Historical Fiction" semi-finalist 2016
RT Book Reviewers Choice "Best First Historical" nominee


Recommended by Texas Library Association's 2017 Lariat Reading List
One of the Biggest Historical Fiction books of 2016 by Bookbub
One of Washington Independent Reviews of Book's 25 Favorite Books of 2016
A San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention

"I absolutely loved The Moon in the Palace... A rare and beautiful treasure." -- Elizabeth Chadwick, NYT bestselling author

"Randel's gorgeous debut novel seductively pulls back the curtain to reveal the heartbreaking world of...China." -- Stephanie Dray, NYT bestselling Author of America's First DaughterThere is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power



Based on the story of Empress Wu Zetian of China



A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. Young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.
Mei's intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.
In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China--where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death--and the woman who came to rule it all.


Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A colorful and vibrant journey into the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty." - Jeannie Lin


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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Moon In The Palace (Empress of Bright Moon Duology)
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
ISBN: 1-4104-9115-3 / 978-1-4104-9115-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
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February 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon Duology)
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
ISBN: 1-4926-1356-8 / 978-1-4926-1356-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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Audio Editions

September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Moon in the Palace
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
ISBN: 1-72134-570-1 / 978-1-72134-570-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Moon in the Palace, The (The Empress of Bright Moon)
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
ISBN: 1-5318-7640-4 / 978-1-5318-7640-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Moon in the Palace: The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Moon in the Palace: The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Moon in the Palace: The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon Duology Book 1)
Author(s): Weina Dai Randel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU