Weina Dai Randel

My first television interview!

WFAA-ABC Channel 8, Good Morning Texas, interviews me about Empress Wu, the one and only female emperor in China, and my novels, the Empress of Bright Moon Duology, which tells the Empress’s rise to power.

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“I absolutely loved The Moon in the Palace… A rare and beautiful treasure.”

Elizabeth Chadwick, NYT bestselling author

“A must for historical fiction fans.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“Seductive and alluring.”

RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4-1/2 Stars

The Moon in the Palace depicts Empress Wu’s sharp, persistent spirit.”

Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“A very successful and transporting novel. ” — Historical Novels Review, Editor’s Choice

“Lyrical and intriguing.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Richly detailed novel.” — The Dallas Morning News

“Magical.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

“Randel brilliantly evokes Mei’s many struggles in THE MOON IN THE PALACE.” — BookReporter

“Intriguing.” — South China Morning Post


“The author’s talent for dramatic, well-timed dialogue, and portrayal of women’s friendships and emotions-especially dislikes, jealousy, and fear – intensifies the reader’s understanding of palace intrigue.”

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“A compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“…a rich conclusion… Randel has done much to breathe life into the life of Empress Wu.”

Publishers Weekly

“Truly a fascinating read!”

RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Suspenseful, romantic finale.” — Shelf Awareness

“One of the most beautifully written, impeccably researched and well-constructed historical fiction novels released this year.” — BookReporter

“Highly recommended.” — Historical Novels Review, Editor’s Choice 

“Well researched and smoothly crafted, and with a sincere and winning style.”

— Washington Independent Review of Books