Tai-Pan is the second novel in James Clavell’s Asian Saga series, but it’s definitely not a sequel to Shogun. Rest assured, however, that Tai-Pan is every bit a page-turner as the former novel, and I have to admit, I liked Tai-Pan even better.
The novel takes place in the early nineteenth century, when Hong Kong has just become part of the British Empire. English traders, including Dirk Struan (the Tai-Pan of Noble House) gamble with the future of Chinese/English trade in the midst of political upheaval in their British homeland and in China itself.
Clavell truly outdid himself with the plot development of Tai-Pan. I especially enjoyed the intrigue and romantic similarities to Romeo and Juliet with warring houses and ill-fated love.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1983