Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars (book review)

Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, by Sheri Holman, is the story of the young Korean princess named Sondok. She loves nothing more than stargazing, but her father won't allow it. So when a Chinese ambassador and his royal stargazers come to her father's palace, Sondok gets a few ideas of her own. But when she meets the ambassador, Sondok finds that he isn't at all the man she imagines. He's ruthless and cunning, and he hates her. It seems as though Sondok will have to put up with this man if she wants to follow her dreams. Will she hold on, or will she crack under the pressure her father and the ambassador are putting on her?

This is the second time I read this book, and I think I got a lot more out of it this time. It was a quick read, and it left me wanting to know the rest of Sondok's story at the end. Fortunately, although this is fiction, Sondok was a real person. I hope I can do some research and find out more about her.