The Magnolia Sword

The Magnolia Sword : A Ballad of Mulan

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All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan's paralysed father cannot go, and her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword and joins the army as a man.

Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling, the royal duke's son, to whom she feels a dangerous attraction. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan's life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the 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 late.

Inspired by wuxia martial-arts dramas as well as the centuries-old story of Mulan, The Magnolia Sword is a thrilling, romantic and sharp-edged novel that lives up to its beloved heroine.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 138 x 208mm | 374g
  • Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1760876682
  • 9781760876685
  • 544,743

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'The Magnolia Sword is the epic adventure I have always wanted: an intense, riveting, heart-pounding race against time coupled with a surprisingly tender forbidden love.' - Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author of After the Wedding

'I found this book historically rich like few other tales of the setting are, and full of both family drama and exciting action.' - F. C. Yee, author of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

'A fierce, beautifully written Mulan retelling. The Magnolia Sword, much like its titular weapon, is sharp, glimmering with detail, and intensely powerful. Adventure seekers: this one's for you.' - Arvin Ahmadi, author of Down and Across and Girl Gone Viral
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About Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas is the author of nineteen novels across multiple genres, including the acclaimed Lady Sherlock mystery series, a YA fantasy trilogy that began with The Burning Sky and more than a dozen romance novels, which have twice won her the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award. Born in China, she learned English as a second language and now lives and writes in Austin, Texas.
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3,128 ratings
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4 40% (1,255)
3 17% (534)
2 4% (136)
1 1% (24)
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