Dining with Jade Royalty
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius
Chang Jia Xin was born into duty.
As the daughter of a well-respected nobleman, it was imperative that she followed the ancient Chinese customs for women - including sealing her fate with the Jade Emperor as his first concubine. Pushed away from her secret lover, a blacksmith named Ma Yuan, Jia Xin was thrown into a maze of mystery and brutal intrigue, where her pampered lifestyle was disastrously unsuitable for the Imperial Palace's network of scandalous behaviour.
Having been befriended by an odd crew of women - the governess, the head chef, the palace geisha, and the Empress's scholarly ward - the new concubine must learn that survival means much more than having a substantial meal every night, especially with oppressive invaders knocking at the door.
•Five sisters by bond,
Players of Heaven's sick game
In the Dragon's lair•
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