By Dori Jones Yang
Athletic and powerful willed, Princess Emmajin's decided to do what no lady has performed sooner than: turn into a warrior within the military of her grandfather, the good Khan Khubilai. within the Mongol international the single method to in achieving appreciate is to teach bravery and win glory at the battlefield. the very last thing she wishes is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who demanding situations her ideals within the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no talents within the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. nonetheless, he charms the Khan together with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a distinct Marco as they go back and forth throughout 13th-century China, looking 'dragons' and combating elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a distinct conflict as she struggles along with her appeal in the direction of Marco and her superb aim of profitable reputation as a soldier.
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A young uncle of mine known for his big ears, he had left court to join the army a few years earlier, as was the custom. ” I shouted his name as I ran alongside his horse. Without a second thought, he reached down, and I grasped his hand. He slipped his foot out of the stirrup. I took a few running steps, then put my right foot into the stirrup and jumped up, tossing my left leg over the rump of his bay horse. He laughed as I settled behind him. I hung on to the high wooden back of his saddle. I caught a brief glimpse of Suren’s face, which was shining with disbelief mixed with admiration, as we rode past.
My father, Prince Dorji, home from the monastery for the victory celebration, emerged from the shadows behind my mother, dragging his lame foot. As much as I wished he had become a military man, I needed to show obedience and respect. My father sat down in a Chinese-style wooden chair in the central sitting room between our family’s two bedrooms. Like most Mongols of his age, he had grown up in a ger, the traditional round white tent with a domed roof. Even though the Chinese were now our subjects, the royal family lived in a Chinese-style palace with raised beds, silken quilts instead of sleeping furs, and chairs instead of stools around a fire.
Suren stared him down. The two brothers engaged in a brief power struggle. As a younger brother, Temur was bound to obey, but Suren had seldom insisted. ” Suren challenged him. Temur turned to me, his eyes burning with resentment. ” “Elder Sister” was a term of respect, but it did not hide Temur’s anger. His plan was suddenly clear to me: he had counted on defeating his brother in public. And Suren hoped to cling to his superior position by beating Temur. If I won, I would humiliate both brothers, before the Khan.
Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang