The Embers of Heaven
Set in eighteenth-century China, this book is a magical epic, with delightful characters, an intriguing scenario and a real feeling of place and history. It has a combination of character, romantic lives, and spiritual quest, set against a credible historical background.
Praise for Alma Alexander and her books: 'The Secrets of Jin-Shei is a completely original -- and a completely magical piece of literature' Joanne Harris 'It's a beguiling notion, a secret sisterhood with its own language, enhanced by a setting in medieval China, replete with tradition, conflict and drama!the unique structure brings together a rich cast. The complex plot touches on astrology and alchemy, Taoism and concubines, and an attempt to hold power within a society fraught with intrigue!it is extraordinarily accomplished.' Financial Times 'The story is founded on the special friendships that exist among women. The strength of those friendships is the magic that winds through this tale!the device of a written language known only to women is a lovely metaphor!this is a book that will speak to many.' Robin Hobb
<p>Alma Alexander is the author of The Secrets of Jin-Shei. She was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in South Africa and New Zealand, and now lives with her husband in Washington state, USA</p>