Book Review: Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Yang Jones

Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin’s determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no skills in the “manly arts” of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still, he charms the Khan with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a different Marco as they travel across 13th-century China, hunting ‘dragons’ and fighting elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a different battle as she struggles with her attraction towards Marco and her incredible goal of winning fame as a soldier.

I didn’t have time to read this book this week.  I received it on an ARC tour and was just planning to send it back unread but thought I’d at least try the first few chapters.  Once I started it I was hooked and wanted to finish it so I sacrificed some sleep to get it read.

Daughter of Xanadu is a historical fiction novel set in Mongolia at the time Marco Polo visited.  The main character Emmajin reminded me of Mulan – she wanted to become a soldier in the army at a time when it was unheard of for women to desire such a thing.  Dori Yang Jones did a fantastic job writing this book.  Fabulous character development, interesting details, lots of adventure with a little romance kept me interested the entire read.  If you enjoy Historical Fiction I highly recommend you pick up this book which will be released on January 11, 2011.

Content: Clean Read

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: Miss Holly’s ARC Tour