The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas
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Articles / September 7, 2019

A- The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas September 9, 2019 · Lee & Low Books/Tu Books Teen FictionHistorical: OtherYoung Adult Sherry Thomas is the rare writer that I’ll follow to any genre. I inhaled her gorgeous European historicals as a teen and reread them at least thrice a year (The Luckiest Lady in London remains in my list of Top 10 Favorite Romances of All Time). When she wrote YA fantasy in the Elemental Trilogy, I mourned the loss of her historicals but nonetheless gobbled up those new books as well. When she moved on to historical mysteries, I yet again mourned the loss of another genre but fell in love with the clever and riveting world of Lady Sherlock. And when she announced her upcoming YA Mulan retelling, my impatient hand was ready to one-click and devour her new book. By now, I had learned not to mourn — you see, it doesn’t matter what genre she writes in. Her stories are so lush and emotionally-wrenching that I’m bound to love anything she writes. The Magnolia Sword: The Ballad of Mulan is no exception to that rule. Hua Mulan has spent her life training for one purpose: to defeat…