I am very delighted today to post my first book review and interview with talented author, Weina Dai Randel!
The Moon in the Palace is the tale of China’s famous (and only) empress, Wuzetian.
I first learned about Wuzetian in my Chinese language class at Tsinghua University, where I was forced to learn words such as “decapitate,” “sever” and “jar in a head” in order to read and understand the gruesome tale of China’s empress. While my Chinese language book’s rendition of her history and reign painted her as an ice cold queen who ruled with cunning and fear, a part of me still wondered: Could China’s one and only empress be that ruthless? Is there a back story?