Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
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’ve recently ordered this off Amazon and it should arrive some time this week 😀 It has sat on my tbr for quite a few years now and I remember being hesitant to add it at first because I usually only read books that have fantasy elements in them. The fact that it’s set in a more diverse setting to most historical novels (most historical novels tend to be set in Europe or North America from what I’ve seen) was what made me decide not only to add it but to purchase a copy for myself (it was rather complicated finding a seller for this book and my library have told me they can only buy in books that have brand new copies released or are in Amazon Prime, I know, I don’t really understand either 😛 ). I know I might not enjoy this book but still I wish there’d be more historical novels set in different settings to the standard European one… If you know of any feel free to recommend 🙂