Weina Dai Randel is the Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of four historical 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, the National Jewish Book Award finalist, and the Goodreads Choice Award “Best Historical Fiction” nominee. Her latest novel, Night Angels, was longlisted for the Mass Book Awards in 2024. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages, including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Hebrew.

Born in China, Weina came to the United States at twenty-four, when she switched from Chinese to English and began to speak, write and dream in English. After living in Texas for many years, she now resides in Massachusetts.

Other Works

  • The Last Rose of Shanghai

  • The Moon in the Palace

  • The Empress of Bright Moon


Awards and Recognition

  • Longlisted for the Mass Book Awards 2024
  • National Jewish Book Award Finalist
  • Winner of Romance Writers of America RITA Award in 2017
  • Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction semi-finalist