NetGalley has books of various genres available by request from many different publishers. Usually, I prefer books of the genre of Christian, Christian fiction, historical fiction, and children’s books. One children’s book that caught my attention was The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu. The cover is full of color and has an Asian feel. The title on the cover seems to be glowing, even on my computer screen.
At first, I read this book from my Kindle Paperwhite, but I was sure there were beautiful, colorful artwork that I was viewing in black and white, and various shades of gray. The storyline is about an emperor who gave a dragon robe for his son while the emperor was on his deathbed.
The story goes on that the emperor is good to his people and is respected. He decided as he gets older that he should choose an empress. So he tells his people that he wants his empress to be beautiful, caring, and trustworthy. Two beautiful young women are brought to the palace, but each have very different personalities.
While one woman is kind and caring, the other is selfish and greedy. The selfishness includes summoning a wizard to change the looks of the kind woman. As several events transpires in the quest to become the empress, the emperor sees through all this and is confused. He tests the women to learn the truth before deciding who he will marry.
This story has great morals that cheaters and selfishness gets you nowhere and being kind and caring is an inner beauty that can never be changed even though outer features are different; it really is the inside that counts. The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu is a book I suggest for preteen and young girls, but it’s a great story for boys, too.