The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

CHINA, 484 A.D.

A Warrior in Disguise
All her life, 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 duel.

Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan's 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 man.

A War for a Dynasty
Thanks 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 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 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 that lives up to its beloved heroine.

Title:The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan
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  • Chaima ? ?????

    my heart says yes but my bank account says, "girl, you've got too many books on your cart for someone with 5 euros to their name"but...A! MULAN! RETELLING!...

  • Cindy ?? Savage Queen ?

    MULAN RETELLING!!!? I really hope this is legit.Ooo this finally has a title! The Magnolia part really makes me think of the Mulan Chinese drama I watched a while back. ...

  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)

    Last time a book lured 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 ...

  • Simona Bartolotta

    Be still my beating heart. ...

  • Nenia Campbell

    FINALLYThis better be good. The last couple Mulan "retellings" I read were garbage. lol...

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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    Every woman has a great deal of experience presenting herself as someone other than who she is, since no girl is ever everything the world wants her to be. OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS. This is, without a d...

  • Cheryl Klein

    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 a...

  • Brie

    I don't usually do early reviews, but when I do, it's because the book was very good. And this one is better than that. This book is so sweet and elegant and with so much restraint. There's not an ext...

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Well I mean...I have more faith in this than the film adaptation currently in the works....