The Dragon Queen By Andrew Williams – Book Review. From the bestselling author of Daughters of the Dragon comes the story of one of the most extraordinary queens in history. As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, US diplomat Nate Simon is sent to Seoul to gauge the political situation and advise the president. He also needs to find out why someone sent the president an ancient, intricately carved comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon. Though familiar with Korea’s language and culture, Nate knows little of its troubled history. Beautiful and mysterious embassy aide Anna Carlson believes it’s time he learns, starting with the extraordinary story of Korea’s last queen.
Seoul, 1866. The beautiful orphan Ja-young is chosen to be the child bride of Gojong, Korea’s boy king. Highly intelligent but shy, Ja-young faces a choice: she can be a stone queen—silent and submissive—or she can be a dragon queen and oppose enemies and empires that try to rule Korea during the age of imperialism. Her choice leads her to forge a legend that will endure far beyond her lifetime. The more Nate discovers, the more he comes to realize that Queen Min’s story is still relevant today. Now the choice is up to him: be submissive and accepting…or change the world.#TheDragonQueen #NetGalley
This book is told very beautifully and sharply. We will look at the past history of Korea that has connected with the present. For me, this is the perfect way to enjoy a fictional historical novel without getting bored at all. Even I like addicted to this book, from the first page to the last. So first, you have to look at the synopsis of this story. And since the first page, we will meet with Nate Simon who went to South Korea to get an overview of the current situation in Korea. Then what happened was beyond expectations. The reader was brought back to Ja-young’s time on October 8, 1895. At that moment Nate has also been carried away with various feelings for wanting to meet his wife, Jin-ee.
The story created by Andrew Williams makes a very interesting story and easy to learn. This story might get boring if it is just filled with the past. But the way the author makes plot back and forth really becomes an interesting idea. At a certain moment, when the reader gets bored with the stories and past atmosphere when Ja-young is alive, then suddenly the story goes back to Nate’s story. All the images in the story are made accordingly with a true story based on the year of the incident. All of us will know about Queen Min’s story from Korea. The narrative in this story is told in a straightforward and easy to understand the language. This lets us know if the author might have planned this. The various characters in each story really stand out.
Obviously, I cannot find the flaws of this novel. You have to feel it by yourself. Especially, if you are a connoisseur of Asian history like me. All parts of the plot, story, and character in this novel make us feel alive at that time. The horrible ending is made like the peak of a story that cannot be described again with words. I am truly amazed at the end of the story and very grateful to Andrew Williams for writing this book. This story is beautiful and poignant, and this story is worthy of being enjoyed for all Asian history enthusiasts. Definitely, you will read it from the first page to the end. I cannot tell if this book is fiction or nonfiction. The present and past times that occur in the characters in the story are as directly related to each other. The description of the story between Nate and Ja-young has a clear boundary, this is what makes the reader understand easily. The plot in the story is very interesting and there are unlimited ideas in it. It’s really awesome. #TheDragonQueen #NetGalley
I think : Buy It
Page Length: 320 pages
Publisher, date : Lake Union Publishing, 06 March 2018
- Stories that want to get you immersed in Korean history
- Making us understand, that history can’t be changed
- Historical story with a beautiful concept without changing the core of reality
- In some parts a bit boring, but it doesn’t, because it’s historical fiction.