THREADS OF SILK by Amanda Roberts is a story intertwining China’s history and Yaqian, a peasant girl who becomes the personal embroider to Imperial Concubine Yi (a.k.a Empress Cixi). Through Yaqian’s eyes we see the rise of Empress Cixi and the ending of the Qing Dynasty.
There were many things I admired about Yaqian: love for her art and to become a master embroider, her want of independence in age where it was unheard of, and her friendship and loyalty to her Empress. Yaqian’s journey from a humble, innocent girl to woman trying to find her place in an opulent court filled with intrigue, politics, and witnessing China’s tumult history made very interesting story. At times I felt I was reading a personal diary. I enjoyed the scenes between Yaqian and Empress Cixi. Watching Yaqian’s relationship blossom from the Empress’ personal embroider to a friend and confident was fascinating. I enjoyed Yaqian’s perspective as we witness Cixi taking the reins of power and doing all she can to ensure China’s independence and the continuous of the Qing Dynasty. Roberts does a wonderful job of creating a mesmerizing story that kept me entertained.
THREADS OF SILK is a story for those who enjoy Chinese history, women rising from humble beginnings, and friendship.