Book Description (via Goodreads): Trials, tribulations and ambitions are depicted in the lives of concubines during the Ming Dynasty. Although owned by the Emperor and kept as slaves to service the Son of Heaven and provide him with male children many concubines had hopes, dreams and ambitions. The Golden Key tells the stories of how some girls achieved their goals. Cho, a Korean girl falls in love with Xian, a young eunuch musician, they plot to escape the Forbidden City. Anja, a blonde Nordic becomes a doctor. Lin Siniang is allowed to return to her former life as a female warrior and Genji achieves her ambition of becoming a higher ranking concubine. Many inventions and discoveries were made during that era. Books made with movable type, compasses that allowed travel in open seas, gun powder and a cure for small pox all cane about during the Ming Dynasty. Recipes you enjoy today in Chinese restaurants were invented by chefs in the thirteen hundreds.
I have received this short story in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Golden Key by Darlien C. Breeze four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was very interesting and factual which I really enjoyed learning about. I don’t know much about the thirteen hundreds and concubines but just by reading this informative story I have begun to understand how difficult and scary it must’ve been for the concubines.
The amount of research and knowledge Darlien C. Breeze has put into this short story is incredible and has intrigued me enough that I will be doing my own research about the concubines some time this week.
I enjoyed reading about some of the fictional characters included in this short story, especially Anja, Cho and Xian. Their stories, although difficult at times, were very interesting to read over. I can imagine, even though their characters were fictional, that the people from the thirteen hundreds had similar experiences or even worse.
I enjoyed Breeze’s writing and would happily read another of her books, especially as she specialises in short story mysteries.
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