The Magnolia Sword

The Magnolia Sword

A Ballad of Mulan

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When her ailing father is conscripted to fight invaders from the north, Mulan dresses as a man to take his place in the army, but an old enemy and an attraction for her troop's commander complicate her mission.
When her ailing father is conscripted to fight invaders from the north, Mulan dresses as a man to take his place in the army. Chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling, they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond. An old enemy and an attraction for her troop's commander complicate her mission. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Incorporated, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781620148044
1620148048
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Ballad of Mulan

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FPL_ElizabethC Apr 28, 2020

The protagonist’s gender isn’t the only secret in this retelling of Mulan. Family histories, political machinations, and racial tensions intertwine in this tale of betrayal and reconciliation in relationships, martial arts, and war.

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mkpederson
Oct 25, 2019

Charming, complex, both plot-driven and character-driven, ... wonderful. So much richer than I thought it would be. Would Sherry Thomas please write the story of Tuxi (Tuoba)?

RomanceAddict Oct 17, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The Magnolia Sword' also tackles concepts such as forgiveness, filial piety, honor, brotherhood, prejudice, the connection between literacy and how future generations will view the past, what it means to be a ‘barbarian,’ what it means to be ‘Chinese,’ and more. I was astounded that so many themes were addressed in a deft manner, but it works to an impressive degree. I’ve read the book two times now, and I’m still reflecting on how all these ideas connect to each other. I generally abhor the idea of analyzing themes in a book (too many high school English assignments!), but I really do think that 'The Magnolia Sword' is worth a reread to fully suss out the myriad interwoven threads."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-magnolia-sword-a-ballad-of-mulan-by-sherry-thomas/

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