Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid

eBook - 2005
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A fictional portrait of the last empress of China follows Orchid, a beautiful teenager from an aristocratic family, who is chosen to become a low-ranking concubine of the emperor and rises to a position of power in the Chinese court.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005, ©2004.
Edition: 1st Mariner books ed.
ISBN: 9780547347202
0547347200
9780618562039
0618562036
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 336 pages) : map.

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MagickHartwell
Apr 25, 2017

Fabulous read, could not put it down. So glad I began this trilogy!

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cmlnetatshawdotca
Jan 11, 2017

This cover the last 50 years period of the Ching dynasty, where China is at its lowest point in its 5000 years long history. Backward in almost all science and technology, it was still practicing arrogant attitude against foreigners/foreign country. This Manchu dynasty after ruling China for 2-3 centuries was corrupt and backward, and the Chinese at that time want to kick out the Manchu from the throne, since Manchus were considered foreigners who invade China. It is fascinating to get an insight from the palace...

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julia_sedai
Nov 23, 2016

I found this book tended to be sometimes like a textbook, then like a novel, and back and forth. That being said, I don't mind lots of historical facts so I enjoyed it. It's really interesting to see this time period in China and also read about the life of Empress Dowager Cixi (known as Orchid in this book). I recommend this if you like historical fiction, and for teens and adults alike.

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ferolynn
Aug 11, 2015

An insightful book about how China was ruled and a fascinating window into the world behind the walls of the Forbidden City. This is the story of a young girl who learns the politics of the palace to move from simple concubine to the woman behind the throne, and true ruler of China.

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finn75
May 23, 2013

A fascinating look into the imperial court and its customs. You can imagine yourself there! Strong central character based on a real character made it even more intriguing. To think women lived their lives in this manner!

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Eil_1
Feb 12, 2013

This was a voyage to China, into the lives and customs of the Imperial Court. Certainly worth reading for anyone who is interested in the Far East.

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akleung
Jun 11, 2011

I was instantly HOOKED to this book when I started it, and finished in three days. This is one of my favorite novels, I recommend it greatly. It has a great plot that throws you off and make you wanting more.

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jjens01
Nov 03, 2010

terrific historial fiction
on the last empress of china. I would read again

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 11, 2009

Loved it!

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Jun 11, 2011

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Jun 13, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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