Almost as good as her other Oriental books but I found the main character didn't engage me fully so that, although I read all of it, I didn't read with that intense curiosity and eagerness that marks a really good read.
i last read pearl s.buck books over 40 years ago. i was delighted to find i could get them on amazon and sent away for my favourite "imperial woman". i was half expecting to be a bit disappointed. but no, it was as interesting as i remembered and a real page turner. i have read other books about this empress and this is definitely the best. a big thumbs up for this book. highly recommended.