What others say about Daughter of Xanadu

"A glorious gripping tale of a fierce girl torn between duty, dreams, and reality, love and war!" -- Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of the Song of the Lioness quartet

"Daughter of Xanadu offers rich descriptions and vivid depictions of fictional characters and historical figures, making them charming and believable. A colorful and compelling read."    –  School Library Journal

"Emmajin’s first-person narrative will capture readers with its scenes of adventure and its vivid depiction of a capable young woman in a time of change. The battle scene is realistically brutal, and the love scenes are subtly written, but the most involving element of the storytelling is Emmajin’s ongoing struggle to forge her own way." —  Booklist

"Mongols and elephants?  You’ll find that improbable combination in Daughter of Xanadu, which features a lively account of Khubilai Khan's battle with Burma.  This historical novel isn't just full of facts, but also tells an exciting story.  Marco Polo is one of the characters in the book, and hey, he's sexy!"  -- Lensey Namioka, author of many popular books, including Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

“Daughter of Xanadu tells the colorful tale of the first encounter between China and the West.  Dori Jones Yang makes the era and people come alive with a fast-paced and ultimately beautiful account of two young people, one who was real and the other who could have been.  Rather than the dusty pages and dry facts of history, the author relates the story from the emotional level of two people from different worlds finding a common emotional bond.  Anyone who has an appreciation for Asian history will find many old friends in the story, and anyone with an appreciation of adventure and romance will find a quintessentially human story set against the greatest historic events of the thirteenth century.” - Professor Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and The Secret History of the Mongol Queens

"Part love story, part military drama, part history, this exhilarating novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This moving and thoughtful novel’s greatest strength is Emmajin’s believable and affecting character growth. Her introspection is tempered with enough action sequences to keep up the plot’s momentum." -- VOYA