BY AUTUMN BARDOT
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
“Prostitution required the violation of my body. Piracy required my soul. The first enslaved me. The second set me free. ”
Against all odds, a prostitute becomes the most powerful pirate chieftain in the South China Seas. Sold into slavery by her parents, Xianggu works on a floating brothel for ten years before a midnight pirate raid changes her life. Determined to rise above her lowly status, the fearless young woman embarks on a journey requiring beauty, brains, and brawn.
Red Flag boss, Zheng Yi, is captivated by the spirited Xianggu and soon makes her his wife. This begins her adventure into the violent world of sea banditry. But Xianggu must do more than learn to wield a sword, sail a ship, and swim across a bay. She must become indispensable to Zheng Yi or risk losing everything, even her life.
In 18th century China, when men made and enforced the rules, the Dragon Lady lived by her own.
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Xianggu is a teenager when she is sold into slavery by her father. Xianggu is bought by Madame Xu, the Madame on a floating brothel. Xianggu quickly learns the ways of the brothel and becomes indispensable to Madame Xu. After years on the floating brothel, Xianggu is a prized flower girl and has trained to take over for Madame Xu. However, the brothel is raided by pirates and Xianggu uses her skills to change her situation. Soon, Xianggu is the wife of the Zheng Yi, the boss of the Red Flag pirate ship. As Zheng Yi's wife, Xianggu does more than satisfy his needs, she learns everything about the ship, pirate hierarchy, how they conduct business and learns to battle. Xianggu is determined to rise above the situation she was handed in life and piracy is the key to her success.
Dragon Lady is an amazing adventure about a real extraordinary woman who faced adversity, survived and made the best of every situation thrown her way. The overwhelming theme of the story is "who is to say what is good or bad?" and using determination to change your own fate. From the moment Xianggu is sold into slavery and uses the power of a story to calm the other girls with her, I knew Xianggu's character would prevail. Xianggu used everyone as a stepping stone to her own growth, despite being in a position below them. The writing carried me through Xianggu's life with wonder and amazement, showing both of Xianggu's sides of fierce determination and shrewd business sense as well as sincerity, compassion and fairness. A great amount of research is evident when reading about Xianggu's time aboard the Red Flag, from the layout of the ship, to the food the pirate's ate and all of the crew to keep the ship running, the details are all precise and I could imagine the large ship clearly. Xianggu's role and importance in history is also shown as she played a part in battle planning, money making schemes, doling out punishments and creating pirate code. Overall, an absorbing story of Xianggu's rise to power and her ambition to lead on her own.
This book was received for free in return for and honest review.
About the Author:
Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and erotica about sassy women and daring passions!
Her erotic fiction includes Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World, published by Cleis Press. Confessions of a Sheba Queen (erotica) will be available Jan 2020.
The Impaler’s Wife is her debut historical fiction, released in April 2019.
Autumn has a BA in English literature and a MaEd in curriculum and instruction. She’s been teaching literary analysis for fourteen years
When Autumn’s not writing or working, you’ll find her hanging out with her ever-growing family, spoiled husband, and pampered rescue pooch. Her favorite things include salty French fries, coffee, swimming, and a great book.
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