“The contrast between the goings-on within the city and those beyond the heavily-defended ramparts are stark. “Because the night was mild they sat round the apricot tree, which Guang had festooned with paper lanterns.’ These two worlds and their collisions keep the reader gripped until the final chapter.” Telegraph and Argus

“The author’s knowledge of and love for this region and era are clear, and the reader is definitely immersed in the atmosphere and culture of the time. I recommend this to anyone interested in China and also anyone who feels like reading an interesting and well-written tale of love, betrayal, war and difficult decisions.” Ann Northfield, Historical Novels Review, Issue 56, May 2011