Sŏndŏk, Princess of the Moon and Stars
THE ROYAL DIARIES is pleased to introduce historical novelist, Sheri Holman, who makes her debut on the list with a captivating story of fourteen-year-old Princess Sondok from seventh-century Korea.
During the seventh-century, the land which is now Korea was fraught with political and religious intrigue. The country was split into Three Kingdoms, each fighting for supremacy: Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche. Besides the warring kingdoms, there are three religions in conflict: Shamanism, the ancient female-dominated faith wherein Shamanist priestesses wield great power at court, foretelling the future, performing important national rituals, and healing sickness; Buddhism, the contemplative State religion; and Confucianism, a recent import from powerful China.
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Review: Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, AD 595 (The Royal Diaries)User Review - Carrie Slager - Goodreads
Say what you want about The Royal Diaries, but I've just discovered another awesome female ruler that I never knew existed before. Sondok was the first woman in Eastern Asia to rule in her own right ... Read full review
Review: Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, AD 595 (The Royal Diaries)User Review - Sam Grace - Goodreads
An improvement on the Nzingha book but not as captivating writing as the Indian Princess of Princesses, which is too bad as her life was obviously fascinating. Still, a solid 3 stars (not a rounding up as in the case of Nzinga). Read full review