Threads of Silk Read Online Free - When I was a child, I thought my destiny was to live and die on the banks of the Xiangjiang River as my family had done for generations. I never imagined that my life would lead me to the Forbidden City and the court of China’s last Empress.
Born in the middle of nowhere, Yaqian, a little embroidery girl from Hunan Province, finds her way to the imperial court, a place of intrigue, desire, and treachery. From the bed of an Emperor, the heart of a Prince, and the right side of an Empress, Yaqian weaves her way through the most turbulent decades of China’s history and witnesses the fall of the Qing Dynasty.
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September 05, 2016
Threads of Silk is a new historical novel which is sure to fascinate fans of Chinese history. The novel is about one woman’s perspective in the twilight of the Qing Dynasty (which ended in 1911), and is full of historical details. The author certainly did her research; the world of Threads of Sil...
October 17, 2016
This was a flowing and lyrical story. The imagery is beautiful, and while the story unfolds slowly, it's a lovely floating tale.
The actual contents and events aren't beautiful though. Yaqian does not have an easy life as a young girl in China at the end of the 1800s. The historical events are tol...
November 08, 2016
This was a lovely addition to my collection of historical fiction and fantasy about China. I haven't known or read much of this period specifically in Asia (1840 to 1908), and the only event I could recognise was the Boxers' rebellion, however Threads of Silk was utterly charming.
It's very Chines...
November 21, 2016
I think any comparisons to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan are inevitable, for anyone who has read both and that this book. The similarities are certainly there - women beginning their lives with foot binding, and this binding changing their destinies.
In my opinion, Snow Flower is a better book....
January 29, 2017
Always a fan of Chinese historical fiction so I was thrilled to discover this book. An intricately woven story threading the life of Yaqian, a young talented embroiderer, in the Forbidden City to work for the shrewd last empress of China during the Qing Dynasty. I was pleased that the horrors of...
April 24, 2017
All Yaqian wanted was to manage the silkworms. She didn't want to have her feet bound and all the other things Chinese girls went through. She decides she will devote her life to her embroidery after having her feet bound. She doesnt want to get married and have kids.She falls for a prince but re...
January 22, 2018
While this book technically fits the genre, I prefer one that gives more depth to historical events, versus a storyline that happens to coincide with historical events. Otherwise, this was a quick read but wasn't as intellectually fulfilling as I was hoping for.
October 02, 2016
A glimpse of the social, cultural, economical and political background of 19th century China.
“Threads of Silk” is an intriguing tale of the life journey of a peasant girl, how her wheel of fortune turns and she lands far away from her home.
Summary:- When I was a child, I thought my destiny was...
November 03, 2016
I absolutely loved reading this book. For some reason, I'm very attracted to reading books about China and their culture and this book completely hooked me from the get go.
The one thing that I keep wondering about, was how restricted Chinese women were, and I know, after reading this book, that I...
June 19, 2017
Epic story telling of China's history told from the point of view of an embroiderer and all she encountered in her many years of service to the Empress. Loved this tale and how it felt like I was in it with her. The time period and everything surrounding it is incredibly well researched but in th...