Boxers told the Boxer side of the Boxer Rebellion. Saints tell the story of Vibiana, who we briefly met in Boxers. Vibiana was a Chinese girl who was not loved or appreciated by her family. They thought she was a demon or a devil. She becomes friends with Dr. Won mainly for the cookies, but along the way he teachers her about being a Christian. She joins the other Chinese Christians as they hide in a fortified stronghold and try to protect themselves for the Brother-Disciples. She has visions of Joan of Arc and likens herself to Joan. It seems they are both destined to be warriors for God. Like Joan, Vibiana too must sacrifice a lot for her faith.
I love how this book ties together with Boxers. They really should be read together to get the full story. Vibiana plays a role in the life of Bao at two different points. We also get a different side to the story told in Boxers. Neither book is especially enlightening about the Boxer Rebellion, its causes and its effects. But they do tell the story of a couple of characters journey’s during the Rebellion and what they fought and died for.
I received a copy of the this book from the publishers at ALA 2013.