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Story was so fun the chemistry and tension between the two
Main Characters Was SO Goodcharacters was SO good I was oving it But then came the VERY uestionable disability representation Mulan s father was hurt
his duel in the day and is now paralysed s father was hurt during his duel back in the day and is now paralysed the waist down The way these characters view his disability is honestly terrible There is use of a slur and it s implied that because of his disability his Fucking Trans Women life is awful It s also implied that another character has a disability that I cannot name it s not explicitly stated but it s said that he is in his early thirties but still has the mind of a child and that he becomes anxious and difficult to manage when he is farther than twenty paces away from his mother and just yikes I even read the notes at the back of the book and the acknowledgements to see if the author had any experience with these disabilities or if anyone helped her write about them but there was unfortunately nothing but please note that I read an ARC version Another thing thatet me down is how confusing one of the families was I was Slavery Reborn like okay so she s his aunt but married his father so is now her stepmother Aaaaand oneast thing i promise this review isn t all negative You Can Make Anything Sad lol but the ending in my opinion was very underwhelming It started getting so exciting and there was an epic battle but then everything that happened was so conveniently wrapped up and anticlimactic and just I wanted BUT Ioved how much research went into this and I LOVED being transported back to this time I could picture everything so perfectly in my mind I also Life Leverage lovedike I said earlier the chemistry between the two main characters but I wish we got a bit romanceOverall I enjoyed it but some of it really Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? let me down But don t take my word for the rep I d definitely recommend checking out some own voices reviews Il try and find some when I m not about to fall asleep haha A Heart As Limitless As The Sea trigger warnings slurs crpple very uestionable disability rep sexism death of Alhambra loved ones in the past war and everything that comes with it death gore murder violence etcHuge thank you to Allen and Unwin Australia for the ARC I don t think I ve actually read a novelised version of Mulan before so this was a first It s obviously not the disney version and this is rooted in actual history Iearned so much about China 5th century AD and after reading the author s note where she spent so much time in research and earning the roots of the infamous tale I was just really pleased to have the chance to read this story from an ownvoices Chinese perspective tooI definitely recommend going into it expecting the emphasis to be on military excursions roadtripping but ike with horses and historical accuracy It isn t the flashy or humorous adventure style of the movie Admittedly HF isn t where my heart Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World lies but I didove Mulan and Kai go from their family feud to uietly admitting they didn t really want to stab each other with swords and instead maybe hold hands or something softly adorableFamily Honour Loyalty Introspection. He Great Wall to face the enemy beyond Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past unmask a traitor and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion before it's too The Infinite Air lateInspired by wuxia martial arts dramas as well as the centuries old ballad of Mulan The Magnolia Sword is perfect for fans of Renee Ahdieh Marie Lu or Kristin Cashore a thrilling romantic and sharp edged novel thatives up to its beloved heroine. ,during his duel
This book in my opinion is Mulan s fear She s a trained warrior which is excellent and she is oyal to her family so she doesn t think twice about enlisting to save the rest of her family Her intentions are honourable But she wants to come home to them so
if that means hiding out on the sidelines then that s what she l do When she doesthat means hiding out on the sidelines then that s what she l do When she does see battle there s no fancy fighting there s just Mulan
with the serious fight she s ever been involved in and her reaction is raw and real She s terrified as anyone would beIt s acking the fun of the Disney version and there s a Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? lot emphasis on China politics at the time There s no Mushu orucky cricket sadly and there s a serious tone to the whole thing that did unfortunately drag it down for me But the characters to serve to How To Win At Casino Gambling lighten the mood aittle particularly Kedan who I was uick to take a Training the Help (Hedon Falls liking to The martial arts scenes were clearly written by an author who did her research This was probably my favourite part of the book reading the intricate details and the strategy of each fighter Ioved it all Plus I really enjoyed the chemistry between Mulan and Kai whendealing with the
they re fighting both with and against each otherI have mixed feelings about it being a YA novel because there fighting both with and against each otherI have mixed feelings about it being a YA novel because the seemed wrong to me it was When Not to Build light on details and theanguage was modern so it failed to properly immerse me in the setting of ancient China But at the same time I wasn t particularly keen on all those details anyway so I m kind of glad it skimmed over it all In the end it was an easy read with some memorable moments but nothing particularly special I found it a ittle bland but it was a decent re telling of the egend What is courage but strength in the face of fear representation own voices Chinese rep gay rep disabilities father is paralysed from the waist down and another character has an unspecified disability I honestly think the disability rep is verrryyyyyy uestionabletrigger warnings are Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers 3 5 s t a r s I was SO excited for this book A Mulan retelling by a Chinese author YES YES AND YES PLEASE And it was good But I definitely had some issues with it soet s get into itSo this story follows Hua Mulan obviously An Eye for an Eye lol When she was just a child her twin brother tragically died and instead of removing his name from the official records her father removed Mulan s name and made her pretend to be him ever since she was young Only her family members know her true identity At the beginning of the book weearn that her family has also been in a centuries Still Side by Side long feud with another family and each generation the heirs get together for a duel Mulan has gone out 3 times for a practice duel with the other heir but they always cover their faces whenever they duel Then the war comes and each household must send one man to fight and of course Mulan goes When she arrives at the war camp however one of the royal duke s sons happens to be there and heooks very familiarSounds amazing right And to start off with it was The. Father cannot go Her brother is just a child So she ties up her hair takes up her sword and joins the army as a manA War for a DynastyThanks to her martial arts skills Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling the royal duke's son who is also the handsomest man she's ever seen But the princeling has secrets of his own which explode into Mulan's ife and shake up everything she knows As they cross If there was one person I knew I could trust to do a retelling of the Mulan ballad it would be Sherry Thomas I am so pleased to say that trust wasn t misplaced because not only was this an incredible read but it was captivating entertaining and had enough of Sherry s creative imagination added to the story that it almost
like it could stand up all on it s own and not even be a retelling while still the integrity of the original It short it was breathtaking So hard to put down so beautifully done and so completely addicting I truly did not want this story to end and I oved every heart stopping heart warming heart pounding page of itARCfelt ike it could stand up all on it s own and not even be a retelling while still
PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGEby the publisher in exchange an honest review Last time a book ured me in with the promise of a Mulan retelling I was so disappointed because the storyline barely resembled Mulan save for the fact that the heroine dressed as a boy yes Flame in the Mist I m Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes looking at you But this premise soundsike an actual retelling Written by a Chinese American author who knows her shit So you d better deliver me what you promise book CHINESE PERIOD MULAN RETELLING PLUS MARTIAL ARTSI l be honest I have a soft spot for this novel because I m a simp RETELLING PLUS MARTIAL ARTSI l be honest I have a soft spot for this novel because I m a simp fancy flashy martial arts points for style right The prose is simplistic and trim and yet richly atmospheric The author has a clear vision for the settings and it s obvious in the traces of her figurative brush from the vibrant deliberate dabs to the subtle touches all coalescing into artistically authentic vignettes of fifth century China It s proof of all the research that has been put into this that the descriptions are to me at once foreign and familiar as if full of imagined pasts and missed memories and a You Owe Me One longing for a home I d never been to don t judge just my smol Chinese heart getting nostalgia for thousands of years agoThe plot hits all the right notes at times it s tense and energetic and at times it s soft poignant and full of deeper thought And the romantic elements are threaded so seamlessly throughout from the deliberate ambiguity of dialogue haha double entendreobe it to scenes of tender and uninhibited vulnerability for sanity s sake kiss already405 This is the first novel I signed up as an editor at Lee Low and it has all the excellent things you want a Mulan retelling to have a Mulan who s figuring out who she is an epic sweep in the war against the Northerners family drama terrific fight scenes romance I ve Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes loved reading every draft and I think readers willove it too IT S ON SALE FOR 199 MULAN RETELLING I really hope this is Second Son (Jack Reacher, legitOoo this finally has a title The Magnolia part really makes me think of the Mulan Chinese drama I watched a while back A Mulan retelling my heart says yes but my head says you ve been burned before Loved the martial artsiked the characters not a fan of the war strategyAlso super weird reading a rather modern first person account of something that allegedly was taking place back in 484 ADBut I United States of Americana liked it nonethelessOne of the best things about. CHINA 484 ADA Warrior in DisguiseAll herife Mulan has trained for one purpose to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight If she prevails she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier and avenge her father who was paralyzed in his own duelThen a messenger from the Emperor arrives demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north Mulan's. .
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