The Pirate Empress: Black Tortoise: A Serial Novel, Book 1 (Volume 1)

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THEY BUILT A GREAT WALL...
For a thousand years Chinese kings and emperors sent warriors to themountains to repel invaders who threatened to steal the jewels and beautifulwomen of the East. What they did not know when they built the wall was that itwould fail to keep the intruders out or the people inside...
 
Lotus Lily, the secret daughter of a mighty Ming emperor, thrown into sexualslavery for being a girl, escapes the palace walls to become a pirate and afreedom fighter. Only to be thwarted by monsters from the past...
 
Part One of Deborah Cannon's epic adventureTHE PIRATE EMPRESSLotus Lily lives in the Imperial palace as a concubine-in-training, unknown to her emperor father who had ordered her death for being a girl. Set against the backdrop of war on the Dragon Wall and the pirate tyranny on the south coast, a prophecy states that her future son will be the next Son of Heaven. She is wanted by the emperor's armies, desert warlords, and the Fox Faerie, and now masquerading as the boy Li, must run for her life."A Sweeping Odyssey, captivating from cover to cover." - Midwest Book Review (MBR Bookwatch USA)

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THE PIRATE EMPRESS is set during the Ming Dynasty and follows the fascinating trajectory of the building of the Great Wall, and the evolution of the vast pirate consortia that terrorized imperial waters at the time. The story came to me because of a trip I took to China where I walked the Great Wall, glimpsed the Ming tombs on the misty horizon, and explored the excavated armies of First Emperor Qin-- all of which helped me to bring to life a heroic age of Chinese myth and empire. I received a wonderful review for THE PIRATE EMPRESS from the Historical Novels Society, which I felt truly captured the essence of the entire series. Here it is in full:
"Women do not inherit anything but misery in China," is the caustic sentiment expressed to a Ming princess named Li in Deborah Cannon's sprawling historical-fantasy epic The Pirate Empress.
 
Li finds herself in the center of a vast and very tangled web of palace intrigue, imperial politics, and of course plenty of derring-do on the ocean, as she's forced into marriage with a brutal sea captain in order to further her quest to save her kidnapped son, who has been prophesied to become an emperor, a future Son of Heaven.

Complicated forces are aligning against that destiny, and hovering over friend and foe alike is the supernatural Fox Faerie, who seeks the destruction of all mankind. Readers who might remember Barry Hughart's wonderful fantasy novels set "in an ancient China that never was" will take to Cannon's fast-paced and wonderfully written tale, which mingles supernatural beings with well-researched flesh-and-blood characters and historical details from the Ming Dynasty.
 
The characters sparkle with life, and their dialogue crackles--this is an intensely readable and well-done work of fantasy-infused historical fiction. Strongly recommended. - Fiona Ness, (Historical Novel Society)

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Deborah Cannon grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her fiction is inspired by her career as an archaeologist, which took her from Canada’s west coast to England, the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga and finally to the shores of Lake Ontario where she continues to be fascinated by myths, legends and cryptids. In 2013 she won an honourable mention for her short story Twilight Glyph in the Canadian Tales of the Fantastic contest and in 2014 her story “Tang’s Christmas Miracle” appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada. Her career as a science fiction/fantasy writer began when she sold two short stories to Farsector SFFH magazine. She has contributed to the Canadian Writer’s Guide and is best known for The Raven Chronicles, a series of paranormal archaeological suspense novels and a time slip series for young adults, The Pirate Vortex. Recently she launched a fiction series of Kindle Short Reads called Close Encounters of the Cryptid Kind. Her latest release The Pirate Empress is her first Chinese epic fantasy. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her archaeologist husband and two Shih-poos, working on future titles for these series.

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