The Serpent's Children: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1849
When villagers call Cassia and her brother, Foxfire, "the serpent's children," they mean it as an insult. But to Cassia it is an honor, for legend says that once a serpent sets her mind on something, she never gives up. And in a time when famine, drought, and violence mark her family's life, Cassia has nothing less than survival to fight for.
Their father is a revolutionary, determined to free China from invaders. Foxfire, certain he'll find a mountain of gold, flees to a faraway land. Cassia will need all of her strength and wisdom to keep her family together, and to prove that she is truly the serpent's child.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - benuathanasia - LibraryThing
I'm not too fond of the ending (it left a lot up in the air). However, the story as a whole was very interesting and offered a good insight into the early days of European-Chinese relations as well as a great view of village life in pre-20th Century China. Read full review