Monday, March 23, 2020

The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas - ESSENTIAL

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas, 348 pages.  Tu Books (Lee and Low), 2019.  $20.  

Content: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13.



Mulan often poses as her dead twin brother in order to become the warrior that she thinks her father wants.  Mulan’s training was originally so she could win a dual that will restore her father’s honor and reunite two warrior swords, but when the Emperor requests one person per family to fight against the Rouran invaders, Mulan steps up.  Mulan quickly finds herself a part of the princelings command and learns secrets about her father and the princeling's mother that change how she feels about her family and her training as a warrior.  

I love Mulan and Sherry Thomas does a great job staying true to Mulan’s legend and story.  Mulan and Kai had good chemistry and their developing friendship built with their shared history.   This is a fun, entertaining read that has little twists from the better-known Mulan movie, but is just as good.  The content includes gory battles and deaths.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson.     

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