Release Date: 1st April 2018
What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld?
When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang’s great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must traverse Diyu to find Shang’s spirit, face harrowing obstacles, and leave by sunrise—or become King Yama’s prisoner forever. Moreover, Mulan is still disguised as the soldier called Ping, wrestling with the decision to reveal her true identity to her closest friend. Will Mulan be able to save Shang before it’s too late? Will he ever be able to trust her again? Or will she lose him–and be lost in the Underworld—forever?
First of all, I absolutely love Mulan. It is up there with my fave Disney films. With that said, I was really excited to start this book and see how Elizabeth Lim would twist the tale and make it her own. She didn’t disappoint!
I found the World was well-written and crafted however, it felt a bit jarring to put demons and the likes into a traditional story. I did enjoy that aspect but I suppose I never really connected supernatural and the tale of Mulan. An interesting mix really!
I missed Mushu in this story but the other characters made up for his loss. The details and intricacies and the overall moral of this story was beautiful. A very personal journey to see your own reflection.
An interesting retelling!