Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Background information when reading Strike the Zither

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Strike the Zither

Kingdom of Three #1

by Joan He

Strike the Zither by Joan He X
Strike the Zither by Joan He
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Strike the Zither tells the story of Zephyr, a brilliant strategist working to help warlordess Xin Ren gain the throne of the realm. As she outsmarts foes human and supernatural alike, Zephyr must acknowledge her fate and decide how far she's willing to go to see Ren on the throne. Zither is a tale of strong females fighting for their place in the empire and a brilliant reimagining of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a classic Chinese novel that glorifies China's Three Kingdoms period.

covers of various translations of Romance of the Three Kingdoms

The Three Kingdoms period (220-280 CE) began after the Han Dynasty fell to natural disasters and rebellion. Afterwards, the nation divided into the titular three kingdoms—Wei, Shu and Wu—each led by vicious warlords seeking to gain control of all of China. Eventually, the Shu and Wu kingdoms were conquered and the Jin Dynasty was established, bringing an end to the Three Kingdoms period. Although this period lasted only 60 years, it was one of the bloodiest times in Chinese ...

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