By Jeannie Lin
In 1842, the gunpowder may well of China’s Qing Dynasty fell to Britain’s steam engines. livid, the Emperor ordered the demise of his engineers—and killed China’s top probability of struggling with back…
Since her father’s execution 8 years in the past, Jin Soling saved her relations from falling into poverty. yet her meager mark downs are operating out, leaving her without selection yet to promote the final of her father’s possessions—her final souvenir of him.
Only, whereas looking for a client, Soling is stuck and taken ahead of the Crown Prince. not like his father, the Emperor, the Prince is aware that the single probability of expelling the English invaders is to once more unite China’s cleverest minds to create outstanding guns. He additionally realizes that Soling is the single one that may well persuade her father’s former allies—many who've grew to become rebel—to once more paintings for the Empire. He supplies to revive her relatives identify if she’ll aid him in his cause.
But after the betrayal of her family members all these years in the past, Soling is not sure if she will be able to belief somebody within the Forbidden City—even if her center is longing to think within the engineer with a hidden previous who was intended to be her husband…
Includes a preview of the second one ebook within the Gunpowder Chronicles.
Praise for Jeannie Lin and her novels
“Compelling, memorable.”—Library Journal
“[Lin] is an outstanding storyteller.”—RT publication Reviews
USA Today bestselling writer Jeannie Lin grew up enthusiastic about tales of Western epic delusion, japanese martial arts adventures, and romance novels. previously a highschool instructor, Jeannie is referred to now for writing groundbreaking, award-winning ancient romances set in Tang Dynasty China, together with her Golden center award-winning debut, Butterfly Swords, in addition to The Dragon and the Pearl, My reasonable Concubine, and The Lotus Palace.
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I’d basically fired at wood dummies earlier than. inside of moments, he stumbled to the floor. With a pointy exhale, I compelled myself to run. The industry. My simply probability was once to come back to the opposite part of the river and out within the open, yet I didn’t make it farther than ten steps. an effective mass struck me and my imaginative and prescient blurred as I hit the floor. My palms scraped over airborne dirt and dust and the gun clattered out of my arms. tough palms grabbed at me and that i couldn’t breathe. Couldn’t see. i attempted to scream back, yet no sound got here out. a person used to be on most sensible of me and that i needed to struggle. needed to. “Stop,” a deep voice commanded. He shoved me demanding opposed to the floor and sharp bits of gravel minimize into my cheek. “It can be worse for you should you withstand. ” I heard the clank of iron as my wrists have been locked in the back of me. My attacker dragged me onto my knees whereas one other guy held a lantern as much as my face. That used to be whilst i noticed I wasn’t surrounded through outlaws. the 2 males wore darkish uniforms and headdresses that have been effortless to acknowledge even within the dim mild. They have been urban police and that i was once below arrest. *** My head used to be bowed, knees pressed to the stone flooring of the retaining telephone with my wrists cuffed at the back of me. i'll pay attention a strident voice, hard solutions, yet I didn’t dare lookup. “What is your identify? ” I replied yet was once trembling so demanding that the interrogator couldn’t listen me. “What is your identify? ” he repeated, the query outstanding opposed to the naked partitions. “Soling,” I stated back, attempting to bring up my voice up to I dared. “Family identify Jin. ” My belly twisted. Why hadn’t I simply stayed available on the market? “Who did you come back right here with? ” Biting down on my reduce lip, I shook my head. “No one. I got here on my own. ” I didn’t dare ponder the implications if i used to be stuck within the lie, yet I couldn’t undergo to implicate Hu. He’d performed not anything mistaken. I’d performed not anything mistaken, both, yet I remembered the way it were whilst imperial squaddies had swept via our residence after Father used to be arrested. whatever I stated may in basic terms make it worse. there has been no strategy to set issues correct as soon as accused. worry was once an indication of weak point and weak spot was once an indication of guilt. It was once most sensible to do not anything, say not anything. I stored my eyes reduced and attempted to consider domestic. Of my brother, Tian. Of mom. “Do you recognize that smuggling guns is a criminal offense punishable by way of loss of life? ” the interrogator prodded. My center stopped. “W—weapons? yet I wasn’t—” “Speak up! ” “You’re scary her. ” a brand new, calmer voice got here from open air the bars. My gaze flickered up in brief to determine a tall guy in a high-collared jacket status outdoor the telephone. He used to be wearing black from head to toe, his gown without any insignia. the instant he spoke, the interrogation ceased. It used to be transparent to me who held the authority the following. He stroked an extended, sharp beard as he seemed me, and that i ducked away, understanding I were staring for too lengthy. “I commend you to your commitment, Lieutenant, however the woman doesn’t seem like a bloodthirsty insurgent to me. ” “The reviews from Thistle Mountain declare the uprising boasts women and men of their ranks.