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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Rich in characterization and plot elements, Daughter of the Yellow Dragon is the first compelling entry in A Mongolian Saga by Starr Z. Davies, a historical novel that recreates the world of the Mongol Empire, explores a complicated conflict, and delivers entertainment that leaves readers wanting to read the next book in the series. It is set in the dark years of the empire that Genghis Khan founded, following the story of Mandukhai, a fiery woman whose sole dream has always been that of becoming a warrior. Forced to become the second wife of the Great Khan, she discovers that she can’t pursue her dream any longer. Unebolod is a man who has been in the service of the Great Khan, but he has a powerful grudge and is only biding time and waiting for the opportunity to avenge his family by undermining Esen’s reign. An alliance between Unebolod and Mandukhai morphs into a passionate affair that threatens to shatter their plans. Can they keep the trust of the Khan while working on their deadly plots, and what about the fire burning in their hearts for each other?
Filled with intrigue, passion, and drama, Daughter of the Yellow Dragon is a mesmerizing story that explores the perilous journey of one of the historical women of the empire founded by Genghis Khan. This is a carefully plotted, intelligently written, and accomplished gift for fans of historical novels with rich settings and elaborately developed characters. The world this author has created is filled with imagery and symbolism in which war, violence, and spirituality sync in a mystifying manner. In this world, the wolf and the eagle cease to be an animal and a bird; they become reflections of the qualities the Khan are called to internalize. Starr Z. Davies’ prose is impeccably good, featuring well-crafted scenes of intrigue, romance, war, and palace drama. The dialogues flow easily, naturally, and pull readers into the worldview of the characters while deepening the already strong conflict. This story is nothing short of a masterpiece and the fast pacing coupled with the emotionally rich characters will have any reader racing through the pages.