The Girl With No Face

The Girl With No Face

The Daoshi Chronicles

Book - 2019
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"The adventures of Li-lin, a Daoist priestess with the unique ability to see the spirit world, continue in the thrilling follow-up to the critically-acclaimed historical urban fantasy The Girl with Ghost Eyes. It's the end of the Nineteenth Century. San Francisco's cobblestone streets are haunted, but Chinatown has an unlikely protector in a young Daoist priestess named Li-lin. Using only her martial arts training, spiritual magic, a sword made from peachwood, and the walking, talking spirit of a human eye, Li-lin stands alone to defend her immigrant community from supernatural threats. But when the body of a young girl is brought to the deadhouse Li-lin oversees for a local group of gangsters, she faces her most bewildering-and potentially dangerous-assignment yet. The nine-year-old has died from suffocation . . . specifically by flowers growing out of her nose and mouth. Li-lin suspects Gong Tau, a dirty and primitive form of dark magic. But who is behind the spell, and why, will take her on a perilous journey deep into a dangerous world of ghosts and spirits. With hard historical realism and meticulously researched depictions of Chinese monsters and magic that have never been written about in the English language, The Girl with No Face draws from the action-packed cinema of Hong Kong to create a compelling and unforgettable tale of historical fantasy and Chinese lore"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Talos Press,, [2019]
ISBN: 9781945863097
1945863099
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm

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misterwisp
Nov 25, 2019

As a sequel it does a good job picking up the threads of the previous book. The writing is rich in detail yet still fast paced. The use of Chinese mythology,folklore, and culture gives the book a unique feel.

The author's research of the place, time, and culture is clearly deep and woven nicely into the story without ever getting in the way. It complements some of the character struggles very well.
Once again the historical Chinatown of San Francisco is beautifully captured. The details of place and the empathy shown for the Chinese immigrant experience shine through.

The struggles of the main character with her place in her culture and society felt very authentic and make you root for her, so the book has that going for it as well as the action.

Action, setting, and character elements are all done very well, so there is a lot to like here. It's worth a try!

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