Now available with P.S., Empress is the hugely popular historical novel of one of China's most controversial historical figures: its first female emperor, Empress Wu, who emerged in the Tang Dynasty and ushered in a golden age. Writing with epic assurance, poetry, and vivid historic detail, Shan Sa, author of Alexander and Alestria, plumbs the psychological and philosophical depths of what it means to be a striving mortal in a tumultuous, power-hungry world.
“Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China.”
-Alan Cheuse, NPR.org
“A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity.”
“Brilliant . . . illuminates the life and times of one of the ancient world’s most powerful, capable, and overlooked women.”