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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

Empress: A Novel - Shan Sa

I tried to like this, but in the end I gave up. I did not finish. I stopped.


It's reasonably well written. Events that should be engrossing instead come across as sensational—that's one issue. But the bigger problem is that 100+ pages in, I just could not warm up to the future Empress Wu. I'm not sure why she comes across as flat, but to me she does. And since she is the 1st-person narrator, that ultimately makes the book unreadable for me.


Your mileage may vary, as they say.