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The Secrets of Jin Shei

by Alma Alexander

Historical Fiction

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Drama, adventure, conflict, mysticism, jealousy and more. A wonderful sweeping epic set in medieval China about a group of women from the Emperor’s sister to a street beggar who form a powerful circle of allegiance.

The Secrets of Jin Shei Synopsis

They are bound together by a declaration of loyalty that transcends all other vows, even those with the gods, by their own secret language, passed from mother to daughter, by the knowledge that some of them will have to pay the ultimate sacrifice to enable others to fulfil their destiny.

The sisterhood we meet run from the Emperor's sister to the street-beggar, from the trainee warrior in the Emperor's Guard to the apprentice healer, from the artist to the traveller-girl, herself an illegitimate daughter of an emperor and seen as a threat to the throne. And as one of them becomes Dragon Empress, her determination to hold power against the sages of the temple, against the marauding forces from other kingdoms, drags the sisterhood into a dangerous world of court intrigue, plot and counterplot, and brings them into conflict with each other from which only the one who remains true to all the vows she made at the very beginning to the dying Princess Empress can rescue them.

An amazing and unusual book, based on some historical fact, full of drama, adventure and conflict like a Shakespearean history play, it's a novel about kinship and a society of women, of mysticism, jealousy, fate, destiny, all set in the wonderful, swirling background of medieval China.

The Secrets of Jin Shei Press Reviews

'The Secrets of Jin-Shei is a completely original – and a completely magical piece of literature'
Joanne Harris

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ISBN: 9780007163748
Publication date: 06/09/2004
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007163748
Publication date: 6th September 2004
Author: Alma Alexander
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction,

About Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is the pen name of Alma A. Hromic. She was born in 1963 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, on the shores of the river Danube. Her father's employment with international aid agencies meant that the family spent twenty years living in various countries in Africa, including Zambia, Swaziland, and South Africa. Educated in the United Kingdom and South Africa, Hromic graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MSc in Microbiology in 1987. She quickly left the lab in order to write about it instead, and spent several years running a scientific journal for the Allergy Society of South Africa ...

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