Took a few days off and had time to read! I have been wanting to read “The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan” by Sherry Thomas since it arrived and with the new movie coming out, now was the perfect time. Following the basic story line of the classic tale, Thomas has crafted a fantastic version using the history of the sword Mulans father gave her. I finished the book in 2 days, that is how good it is.
Two swords, the Heart Sea and Sky Blade, owned by a family of martial artists were passed down from generation to generation until the master had no children. Instead he entrusted each sword into the family of his two best students. Each generation must prove their worthiness by having a “discourse in dueling”. If they cannot prove their worth, they must hand over their sword to the other family. And so the families duel, generation after generation training up one promising warrior to duel for the right to hold both swords. Mulan, whos father has disguised her as her deceased twin brother, has been in training for the duel since she was very young and the date set for the duel is coming soon. But war breaks out and China conscripts one male from each family to fight. Knowing that no one from her house is able to fight, Mulan responds to the call and ends up in an elite team commanded by a royal dukes son…a son who happens to have the other sword.
Hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did!