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During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situa During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situation, Mógū prospers from a golden opportunity with the pirates who kidnap her. Quickly adapting to sword fighting and collecting riches, she shows Zheng Yi and Po Tsai more lucrative ways to live. Over miles of open ocean, plundering Portuguese and British fleets, through love and loss, Mógū rises to each challenge with surprising grit. Negotiating amnesty for her band of outlaws, she seeks a place of her own for peace and happiness. In her best book yet, D.W. Plato weaves an unforgettable tale of how one woman's strength leaves us inspired and thinking long after turning the last page.


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During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situa During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situation, Mógū prospers from a golden opportunity with the pirates who kidnap her. Quickly adapting to sword fighting and collecting riches, she shows Zheng Yi and Po Tsai more lucrative ways to live. Over miles of open ocean, plundering Portuguese and British fleets, through love and loss, Mógū rises to each challenge with surprising grit. Negotiating amnesty for her band of outlaws, she seeks a place of her own for peace and happiness. In her best book yet, D.W. Plato weaves an unforgettable tale of how one woman's strength leaves us inspired and thinking long after turning the last page.

45 review for The Dragon From Guangzhou

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Kerry

    From the author of Glue (Dacia's Diary Book 1) (2017) comes another brilliant historical novel set in China. Reaching back in time of 18th century. A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity. Brilliantly eliminates the time. This book was lushly written, with a meticulous eye for detail. Now the narrative and characterization, the parts that matter most. I personally found the characters quite emotive, while some people found them dry. I liked it. The plot move From the author of Glue (Dacia's Diary Book 1) (2017) comes another brilliant historical novel set in China. Reaching back in time of 18th century. A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity. Brilliantly eliminates the time. This book was lushly written, with a meticulous eye for detail. Now the narrative and characterization, the parts that matter most. I personally found the characters quite emotive, while some people found them dry. I liked it. The plot moved along at a good pace. An amazing piece of literature, reading this was an incredible experience. Poignant, funny, metaphysical, tragic, allegorical, psychologically profound, and highly entertaining, it bridges the worlds of historical events, dreams and "reality," and is a truly astonishing achievement. Reading does not get any better than this. The Dragon from Guangzhou is majestic, splendid, lush, relentless and beautiful in all the ways you’d expect it to be. An excellent fictional look at a neglected, but fantastic piece of history, and a wonderful way to get swept away by the winds of history. It’s a stunning work. You should read it. Highly Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    D.W. Plato

    Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite It was the beginning of the nineteenth century and ruthless pirates ruled the seas surrounding China and South East Asia. Just as Europeans were trying to exert their naval and cultural power on the Chinese and others in the region, one group was determined to fight and defeat them. Perhaps the most notorious pirate of them all was, surprisingly, a woman, Mógū. In DW Plato’s The Dragon From Guangzhou, we track Mógū’s life from when she was given up Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite It was the beginning of the nineteenth century and ruthless pirates ruled the seas surrounding China and South East Asia. Just as Europeans were trying to exert their naval and cultural power on the Chinese and others in the region, one group was determined to fight and defeat them. Perhaps the most notorious pirate of them all was, surprisingly, a woman, Mógū. In DW Plato’s The Dragon From Guangzhou, we track Mógū’s life from when she was given up by her mother to the orphanage nuns, through her sale to a brothel on the infamous “flower boats” until the notorious pirate, Zheng Yi, falls in love with her and kidnaps her to make her his bride. Discovering a life of unparalleled luxury as the wife of a famous and wealthy pirate, Mógū soon becomes bored with being a pampered lady and seeks to accompany her husband and their “adopted” son on raiding missions and battles against the accursed foreigners, not to mention the navy of the Imperial Chinese Empire. Based on what would later become the British island of Hong Kong, Zheng Yi and his pirates would strike fear into anyone who dared to cross their path all over the South China Sea. The Dragon From Guangzhou was definitely one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. As a historical fiction fan, it was right in my wheelhouse. However, author DW Plato’s narrative and characters were what lifted this book out of the ordinary and into something special. There was great pleasure in watching a strong, independent female character rise to greatness and power at a time when females were dismissed, out of hand and especially daughters were shunned and unwanted by the intensely patriarchal society of the time. A highlight for me was the fascinating interaction between Mógū and her husband’s lover and adopted son, Po Tsai. A more complicated love triangle would have been difficult to imagine. I particularly enjoyed seeing the moral side of Mógū, despite her clear penchant for violence and readiness to fight. Like all good leaders, she put the needs of the men, women, and children of her protectorate before her own, more often than not. The writing is flowing and seamless with the action fast and furious, allowing me to complete the read essentially in one sitting – I never wanted to put it down! This book has everything lovers of battles, heroism, relationships, and history could ever want. When a book teaches me about a period in time and a culture I have not read of before, it succeeds in its mission. The Dragon From Guangzhou succeeds, big-time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eva Lazar

    There is a lot of good to be said about this book. The story unfolds in a natural fashion, and it is easy to feel for the characters and the situations they find themselves in. There is always something happening, and the general lack of unnecessary intrigues means that no word is wasted. The descriptive writing style was transportive, and there is a general sense of purpose throughout the book. The heroine is somewhat reckless, but also fun. When placed in positions of power, she rules with fem There is a lot of good to be said about this book. The story unfolds in a natural fashion, and it is easy to feel for the characters and the situations they find themselves in. There is always something happening, and the general lack of unnecessary intrigues means that no word is wasted. The descriptive writing style was transportive, and there is a general sense of purpose throughout the book. The heroine is somewhat reckless, but also fun. When placed in positions of power, she rules with femininity and strength, a combination which makes her very likeable. The delicate balance that is struck between positivity and drama is held until the end. A fantastic read! This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chirag

    Reading adventure stories have always been fun. The best part about reading adventure stories is that you get a different thrill. To be honest I enjoyed watching such genre untill the first adventure book I read. The book I just read must be around my 6- 7 read from the genre but I can definitely say that I would rate this at number 2 out of those 7 books. The book I am talking about is called "The Dragon From Guangzhou". Here's my experience. I usually start with the title of the book because th Reading adventure stories have always been fun. The best part about reading adventure stories is that you get a different thrill. To be honest I enjoyed watching such genre untill the first adventure book I read. The book I just read must be around my 6- 7 read from the genre but I can definitely say that I would rate this at number 2 out of those 7 books. The book I am talking about is called "The Dragon From Guangzhou". Here's my experience. I usually start with the title of the book because that's the most exposed part of the book to the viewer's eyes. The first image that I formed after reading the title was something really dark and appealing. The cover on the other hand was a nice attractive one. Apart from this the burb was nice and detailed which is a positive point and gives the first time viewer a nice detailed description which interests the reader. Talking about the content of the book, to be very honest my initial interest was formed by reading the burb then I was like I want to read this book. The book being an average read of about 220 pages the book established a very keen storyline. Although I wasn't expecting it to be this good may be because I know the author is a part time author but it was really surprising how it all went. First of all the story was so unique anf detailed that it felt like I was reading something real. The characters, the emotions, the theme, the situations everything was so on point. The best part about the book is the flow I got while reading the book. It was so smooth that I didn't feel the time passing. The adventure, the thrill and the storyline makes it a great read and the one you should definitely read. I am recommending it to all the readers here please go and check this because this is a great read. There's absolutely no point left to not pick this one. So if you haven't bought it yet what are you guys waiting for go grab your copy fast.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melina Lobo

    TW: rape. 🦄🦄🦄 “Anyone else have a problem taking orders from a woman?” 🦄🦄🦄 During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situation, Mógū prospers from a golden opportunity with th TW: rape. 🦄🦄🦄 “Anyone else have a problem taking orders from a woman?” 🦄🦄🦄 During the Qing Dynasty in 1801, pirates kidnapped Mógū from a floating brothel off the shore of Guangzhou. So began one of the most notorious adventurers to take on the waters of South China. Mógū's rough start as a discarded daughter raised by nuns worsened after puberty when she was sold to work on a flower boat. Shrewd and determined to come out on top of each bad situation, Mógū prospers from a golden opportunity with the pirates who kidnap her. Quickly adapting to sword fighting and collecting riches, she shows Zheng Yi and Po Tsai more lucrative ways to live. Over miles of open ocean, plundering Portuguese and British fleets, through love and loss, Mógū rises to each challenge with surprising grit. Negotiating amnesty for her band of outlaws, she seeks a place of her own for peace and happiness. 🦄🦄🦄 The Dragon From Guangzhou is a historical fiction novel by D.W. Plato that is set in the early nineteenth century. This is the fourth book I've read by the author and it's definitely one of my favourites. The author characterizes Mógū as a woman who is eager to be held in the same standards as society would hold a man. Given the century this is set in, it is not very easy, but Mógū's strong will helps her prove her worth. She defies most of the expectations that is set for her to be sit still and be the pretty wife but instead shows that she has what it takes to be so much more. Although we do see times of submission, she does not let her opponents and partners view her as weak. The way the book is written makes it easy to finish in a breeze and I enjoyed the plot, even though the 'romance' wasn't particularly appealing to me I did enjoy a lot of the story that was more focused on Mógū's journey in a man's world. Overall, I did enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it if you're someone who reads historical fiction. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 8/10 Melina L.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sawarak

    I always love adventure story and this book gave me a good reading experience. Not only it is an adventure story but also a historical story in 19th century; setting around south China and the island which would become Hong Kong. . Meet Mógū, the orphan who worked in the brothel. She was kidnapped by the pirate and was forced to marry the kidnapper. However, she was not the quiet type of girl, she found her way in helping her husband in pirate business and battles. In the time that women were dis I always love adventure story and this book gave me a good reading experience. Not only it is an adventure story but also a historical story in 19th century; setting around south China and the island which would become Hong Kong. . Meet Mógū, the orphan who worked in the brothel. She was kidnapped by the pirate and was forced to marry the kidnapper. However, she was not the quiet type of girl, she found her way in helping her husband in pirate business and battles. In the time that women were dismissed and were expected to be a housewife or sitting quietly all day, our lead character tried to make her own path. It was not easy for her especially in the society that men were in charged. . If you love girl power, adventure and historical story, you can't miss "The Dragon From Guangzhou"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    The Dragon From Guangzhou was an enjoyable read. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, so I'm a sucker for stories like this one. The suspense came naturally instead of feeling forced and dull like some historical fiction novels can be. There were times when I wish the story were longer, or certain scenes and events were more elaborated on, but that's not innately negative, for it shows that I was longing for more. One notable and bothersome quality loomed from the first chapter to the last, a The Dragon From Guangzhou was an enjoyable read. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, so I'm a sucker for stories like this one. The suspense came naturally instead of feeling forced and dull like some historical fiction novels can be. There were times when I wish the story were longer, or certain scenes and events were more elaborated on, but that's not innately negative, for it shows that I was longing for more. One notable and bothersome quality loomed from the first chapter to the last, and that is the unrealistic dialogue. The verbiage used in this novel would not appear in the 19th-century among nobles and pirates, etc. However, it's uncommon to find a historical fiction novel that utilizes time-relevant dialogue. All in all, 4/5!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Noori Do

    First of all, I am afraid I chose the wrong time to read the book. Maybe if I have read it another time my review, reaction and rating might be different. Maybe I will come here later (or maybe not) and update my review. I loved the book and story, might not say 100%, but that's the point, right? You will like something and dislike another. I wasn't expecting the story development will go this way, but still I enjoyed the reading. In the beginning the way Mogu tried to show she is equal to her hus First of all, I am afraid I chose the wrong time to read the book. Maybe if I have read it another time my review, reaction and rating might be different. Maybe I will come here later (or maybe not) and update my review. I loved the book and story, might not say 100%, but that's the point, right? You will like something and dislike another. I wasn't expecting the story development will go this way, but still I enjoyed the reading. In the beginning the way Mogu tried to show she is equal to her husband and "son", she seemed acting childish, but then she proved me wrong. She is one of the greatest girl power characters, I might say. For some reason I had to skip some parts, but those were personal issues, not because of the book. Ending scene was one of the sweetest things ever...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Morey

    The Dragon from Guangzhou is set in Southern China and Vietnam in the early nineteenth Century, prior to the Opium Wars and the British colonisation of Hong Kong, which is hinted at later in the story. The deeds of the key character Mógũ are based on real events of the time and it's clear that Mógũ hasn't studied The Three Obediences or The Four Virtues, instead abandoned at a young age she sets her own and unique path in life. Strong-willed and at times jaded, Mógũ binds this fast-paced story t The Dragon from Guangzhou is set in Southern China and Vietnam in the early nineteenth Century, prior to the Opium Wars and the British colonisation of Hong Kong, which is hinted at later in the story. The deeds of the key character Mógũ are based on real events of the time and it's clear that Mógũ hasn't studied The Three Obediences or The Four Virtues, instead abandoned at a young age she sets her own and unique path in life. Strong-willed and at times jaded, Mógũ binds this fast-paced story together in a satisfying and totally believable way. The Dragon of Guangzhou is a story I enjoyed reading very much. Recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookgypsy

    Every once in a while, I come across an author who I will drop everything I'm doing to read their latest work. D.W. Plato is definitely that type of author. I loved the story so much! Mogu is absolutely bold and brilliant. She's the main character of a fantastic tale full of inspiration and empowerment that is well told with strong characters, tender moments and the gentle reminder that women are a force of nature. This book is ultimate girl power! Mogu did not let anything stop her from doing w Every once in a while, I come across an author who I will drop everything I'm doing to read their latest work. D.W. Plato is definitely that type of author. I loved the story so much! Mogu is absolutely bold and brilliant. She's the main character of a fantastic tale full of inspiration and empowerment that is well told with strong characters, tender moments and the gentle reminder that women are a force of nature. This book is ultimate girl power! Mogu did not let anything stop her from doing what she felt she needed to do. She went through heartaches and triumphs with grace and dignity. She's the type of hero we all need!

  11. 5 out of 5

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