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“This powerful tale of resistance and everyday heroism will resonate with fans of Pam Jenoff and Martha Hall Kelly.”


“Night Angels offers a fresh non-western-centric perspective on the rise of Nazism and Jewish persecution. Recommended.

Historical Novels Review

Schindler’s List takes an Eastern twist in Night Angels, the incredible true story of the Chinese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in WWII Vienna. Quiet, scholarly Ho Fengshan has just been made consul general in Vienna, preoccupied with his troubled American wife, Grace, and disquieted by the new anti-Semitic laws sweeping Austria. Grace’s friendship with Jewish musician Lola forces both Fengshan and his wife to the breaking point: How much can one sacrifice to save innocent lives? Weina Dai Randel pens an unforgettable tale of quiet heroism and blazing defiance in the face of evil.”

Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

Weina Dai Randel once again takes readers into a chapter of history we know too little about. Night Angels is a fascinating look at the bravery and foresight of real-life Chinese diplomat Dr. Ho Fengshan... An illuminating look at a little-known, inspiring piece of history we should never forget.”

Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Weina Dai Randel’s Night Angels is a gorgeous WWII historical tale of daring diplomatic pursuits that had me turning the pages way past my bedtime. Based on the true heroic story of Dr. Ho Fengshan, Randel’s prose is rich and powerfully layered. By day, Fengshan is a warrior for his country and a fighter for humanity while secretly issuing thousands of visas to Jews to Shanghai to escape Nazi persecution. It is a sweeping novel filled with love, loss, high stakes, sacrifice, and redemption that will break your heart and fuel your soul.”

Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire

“An exquisitely delivered tale of three souls—a Chinese diplomat who risks everything, his benevolent wife, and a Jewish language tutor—all caught up in the hell that was Nazi-occupied Vienna, and the resulting quest to hold on to hope and their humanity. Hauntingly beautiful.”

Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

National Jewish Book Awards Finalist

Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction Nominee

Weina Dai Randel is the award-winning author of four novels, Night Angels, The Last Rose of Shanghai, The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, a historical duology about Wu Zetian, China’s only female emperor. Weina is the winner of the RWA RITA Award, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist, and a two-time Goodreads Choice Award semifinalist. Her books have been translated into twelve languages.

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Praise for

The Last Rose of Shanghai

The Last Rose of Shanghai is a powerful story of the relationship between a Shanghai heiress and a Jewish refugee… one readers will never forget.”

Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“Weina Dai Randel’s poignant, sweeping love story paints a vibrant portrait of a little-known slice of World War II history. Not to be missed!”

Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Huntress

“This is an unforgettable, page-turning tale of an impossible affair between lovers from two cultures.”

Janie Chang, bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road and The Library of Legends

“Filled with page-turning suspense and a poignant and unforgettable love story, Weina Dai Randel wholly immerses the reader in this richly detailed and powerfully drawn story.”

Chanel Cleeton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Starred Reviews
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“A must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.”

Library Journal (starred review, for The Moon in the Palace)

“A full-immersion, compulsively readable tale that rivals both Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid (2004), about the dowager empress Cixi, and the multilayered biographical novel Empress (2006) by Shan Sa, which also features Empress Wu.”

Booklist (starred review, for The Empress of Bright Moon)

“The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons.”

Shelf Awareness (starred review, for The Moon in the Palace)

“A very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells, and social mores of seventh-century China.”

Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice, for The Moon in the Palace)