This is not your momma’s period political romance novel.
And I’m going to call it right now: General Huo Qu Bing, aka the single most awesome ass-kicking romantic hero ever written on paper, is MINE. DMY is wholly different than BBJX in almost every way, except for the overarching thread of political intrigue centering around imperial succession.
A wolf girl grows up amongst the wolf pack of the Xi Yu desert region of Western China, where many different tribes existed which sought to remain independent from the encroaching military forces of the Western Han empire.
This wolf girl saves a man dying of thirst in the desert, and he in turn kidnaps her.
A Han scholar who is an advisor to the Dan Yu (Leader) of the Xiong Nu tribe, this man becomes this feral wolf girl’s adoptive father.
He forces this child of 7 or 8 to learn to walk upright, speak the human language, and live amongst the people, namely the Xiong Nu tribe. She resists initially, howling at the moon to be freed, but she eventually settles into the human world and grows up amongst the sons, daughters, and tribesman of the Xiong Nu.
(Ballad of the Desert) the novel this weekend are this: (1) General Huo Qu Bing is about to become the best character Hu Ge has ever played in his career (EVER) and (2) oh my lordy was that a love story (and love triangle) for the ages.
Between squealing, gasping, holding my breath, and then crying tears (whether happy or sad, I’ll play coy and not reveal just yet), I think I just found a period romance political intrigue novel better than doesn’t royally F-up the drama adaptation, DMY can easily be even better than BBJX the drama.
It’s more sweeping, has tons more action scenes, everyone will be smoking hot in their Han dynasty attire (no Qing queues for the men, yay!
), and the love story between the OTP makes me blush like a school girl just recalling scene after bone meltingly romantic scene.
I actually read a few chapters of DMY awhile back, with the introductory sections interesting but nothing that would compel me to keep reading.