The Magnolia Sword (a Ballad of Mulan): A Ballad of Mulan (Hardcover)

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"This was a really interesting read on the ballad of Mulan that was a joy to follow! I love a fast paced read and honestly 352 pages flew by while I was reading this one. I absolutely adore Wuxia and Sherry Thomas did a good job capturing the feeling of a Martial Arts epic while also making it more friendly to more mainstream readers. I look forward to this capturing younger folks imaginations and leading them down the same paths of adventure that I have followed. I highly recommend this to younger readers who yearn for swordfights and duels and the other trappings of a great adventure as well as those looking for a fresh look at a very old tale!"

— Will B.


Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education

Bestselling writer Sherry Thomas weaves an enthralling retelling of a story that has thrilled readers for centuries: the ballad of Mulan.

CHINA, 484 A.D.

A Warrior in Disguise
All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel.

Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan's father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man.

A War for a Dynasty
Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling--the royal duke's son, who is also the handsomest man she's ever seen. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan's life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion ... before it's too late.

Inspired by wuxia martial-arts dramas as well as the centuries-old ballad of Mulan, The Magnolia Sword is perfect for fans of Renee Ahdieh, Marie Lu, or Kristin Cashore--a thrilling, romantic, and sharp-edged novel that lives up to its beloved heroine.

About the Author

Sherry Thomas is the author of nineteen novels across multiple genres, including the acclaimed Lady Sherlock mystery series, a YA fantasy trilogy that began with The Burning Sky, and more than a dozen romance novels, which have twice won her the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA(R) Award. Born in China, she learned English as a second language, and now lives and writes in Austin, Texas. Please visit her website at and follow her on Twitter at @sherrythomas and on Instagram as @writersherrythomas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620148044
ISBN-10: 1620148048
Publisher: Tu Books
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English