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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeannie Lin Narrator: Sarah Lam Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tang Dynasty Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470337353
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Former emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.

Li Tao lives life by the sword and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell—yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Drawing on a lushly depicted, exotic backdrop, Lin creates an intriguing romance between well-drawn characters whose secrets lure readers deep into the story. Lin has found a marvelous niche to delve into fascinating cultural elements and sensuality.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Beautifully written, deliciously sensual, and rich with Tang Dynasty historical and political detail...Exceptional.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mely | 2/9/2014

    " I like the two main characters, but the pacing is a mess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2014

    " Jeannie Lin keeps the reader engrossed in this story from the beginning to the last page. I read it in two days, staying up until midnight to finish it. I first met Li Tao in Butterfly Swords, so was thrilled he was the hero of this book. And what a hero he is. Ling Suyin, the heroine, is spunky, independent, and demure--a perfect yin to Li Tao's yang. I'd recently tried to get into a Tang dynasty mainstream novel and was bored silly even by page 140, so couldn't finish it. But Jeannie Lin never gives the reader a chance to be bored. There's tension, spice, and twists and turns galore. I've enjoyed her first two novels and can't wait for the third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Kelly | 1/13/2014

    " My God, I loved this book! It's my first Jeannie Lin novel, and I was blown away by her skill and level of craft. A beautifully written story with deep, heart-wrenching emotion. And I was riveted by the setting and the history, and how Lin made it such an integral part of the story. The Dragon and the Pearl was the opposite of a wallpaper historical - can't wait to read the rest of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/12/2013

    " While Jeannie Lin's "Butterfly Swords" still has my vote for the best Tang series book, "The Dragon and the Pearl" is still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathyred | 9/28/2013

    " I loved that this is NOT set in historical England, but in historical China. Realistic political and personal struggles "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/4/2013

    " Very enjoyable and compelling story of the Tang Dynasty Era in China. Jeannie Lin is adept at writing subtle nuances in body language that draw out the inner conflict in the character. The history and the people of that time come to life. I look forward to reading more from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 8/3/2013

    " Review coming. More like 4.5 but said five because I loved this book. Was emotionally connected from the first page and the writing was executed beautifully. The style was lyrical and although a different genre reminded me of Zoe Archer. I liked this much better than her first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree Ross | 5/26/2013

    " very sweet book "

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About the Author
Author Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first romance while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. After four years of trying to break into publishing with an Asian-set historical, she earned the 2009 Golden Heart Award for Butterfly Swords, and her first three Tang Dynasty romances have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. As a technical consultant, backpacker, and vacation junkie, she’s traveled all over the United States, Europe, South Korea, Japan, China, and Vietnam. She’s now happily settled in St. Louis with her husband and children. She continues to journey to exotic locations in her stories.

About the Narrator

Sarah Lam is a British Chinese actress noted for her television appearances.