Disclaimer: The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu was supplied to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe” is a wonderful fairy tale set in ancient China. It tells the story of a brave young emperor and two beautiful young women, who are suddenly thrust the incredible, once-in-a-life-time opportunity of marrying the emperor and becoming the next empress of China. Their journeys take them from their humble homes to the grand palace where their lives are forever changed for the better, and, at times, even for the worse as the competition to win the emperor’s heart intensifies. The young women meet their unexpected challenges in very different ways. But their struggle is the depiction of the fight between good and evil.
The best part about this little book is the gorgeous illustrations. The fairy tale itself was good and has a nice little lesson about how outward appearance does not necessarily reflect inward character, as well as one on how even if one is “ugly,” good actions will make one “beautiful,” which I thought a very good message to have.
But the illustrations just are what make this book. There’s one on every page and they are spread top-to-bottom and are visually stunning. The only negative is that this book is only available as an e-book, which means that you have to admire the pictures from a screen rather than hold the book in your hands and take it in that way (note: There may indeed be a print copy; but it apparently had a limited release and so the chances of getting one are slim).
The Emperor, His Bride, and the Dragon Robe is a good fairytale, made even better by the illustrations. I love good-quality illustrations with my children’s books/fairy tales, and these are amazing ones to have.
My rating: 4/5
Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Children’s
You can buy this here: The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe