By Dori Jones Yang
Athletic and powerful willed, Princess Emmajin's made up our minds to do what no girl has performed earlier than: develop into a warrior within the military of her grandfather, the good Khan Khubilai. within the Mongol global the single option to in attaining appreciate is to teach bravery and win glory at the battlefield. the very last thing she wishes is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who demanding situations her ideals within the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no talents within the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. nonetheless, he charms the Khan along with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a unique Marco as they shuttle throughout 13th-century China, looking 'dragons' and combating elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a distinct conflict as she struggles together with her allure in the direction of Marco and her wonderful aim of successful repute as a soldier.
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All the boys of the court. ” My heart leaped. Archery was my best skill. I had spent years perfecting it, both still and mounted. At an age long past that when most Mongol girls gave up, I had persisted. This could be my chance to show, in public, that I was better than any of my boy cousins. But would they let me take part? The boys greeted the proposal with a cheer. With just a few words, Temur had made it happen. I wondered if the Great Khan himself would watch the contest. I had to find some way to compete in it.
She sang as she worked, in a sweet soprano voice that calmed me. It occurred to me that I would miss her once I left home, whether for marriage or for the army. When she finished, she bit her lip, facing me. “Please, Emma. ” I hated to disappoint her, to keep her life on hold. Just then, a messenger arrived, saying Aju would be coming earlier. His son Jebe was to enter the archery tournament. Word had spread quickly, and young Mongols around Khanbalik were arriving at court, eager to compete. My heart leaped.
The questions kept spilling out of my mouth. “This machine—will it be used in future battles? ” Aju put his airag bowl on a side table and stared at me until I went silent. Then he looked at my father. “She sounds more like a soldier than a wife,” he said. He rose. My father looked chagrined. The betrothal talks had ended. He had lost. ” I hoped that was true. But I felt a pang when I saw Drolma’s pale face twisted with distress. My father returned, sat down, and called me to him. His thick eyebrows formed a solid line.