The Empress of Bright Moon


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5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Weina Dai Randel is the award-winning author of the novels The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, a historical duology about Wu Zetian, China's only female emperor. The Moon in the Palace won the RWA RITA Award in 2017, and the series has been translated into seven languages and sold worldwide. Born in China, Weina came to the United States at twenty-four. She holds an MA in English from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and has worked as the subject-matter expert for Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA program and as an adjunct professor for Eastfield College. Interviews with Weina have appeared on WFAA's Good Morning Texas as well as in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, RT Book Reviews, and She lives in Texas with her loving husband and two children. For more information visit


"The second of Randel's duet centering on Mei, a woman destined for greatness, sweeps readers back into the treacherous court of the emperor. Once again, Randel's gift for evoking the atmosphere of the palace shines. Readers are immersed in a world where vengeance is a way of life. Though accurate, the reality and brutality of some incidents may disturb gentle readers. Truly a fascinating read!" - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"The author's talent for dramatic, well-timed dialogue, and portrayal of women's friendships and emotions-especially dislikes, jealousy, andfear - intensifies the reader's understanding of palace intrigue." - Booklist, Starred Review
"A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman's unprecedented rise to power." - Library Journal, Starred Review
..".a rich conclusion... Randel has done much to breathe life into the life of Empress Wu." - Publishers Weekly