Great book, not surprisingly, I did have the pleasure of reading another novel of hers this year.
Empress Orchid" was better than "The Last Empress" but still this was a great sequel. If you're not into sad and depressing stories then this one is not for you. The overall mood of this book is loneliness and melancholy. Empress Orchid has a life that I do not envy. She was immortal, literally and figruatievly. She has to witness the deaths of her loved ones and 2 of her sons, I wouldn't be able to bear it.