It's the end of the 19th century in San Francisco's Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes - the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father - and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.
When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer's ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.
With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.
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"A brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Fresh fantasy, narration not perfect"
No, the audiobook has some volume issues and the voices didn't quite all work for me. It was nice to not have to figure out the pronunciation of Chinese terms and names however.
Generally yes, she used different voices for each. It wasn't always consistent however.
This story is excellent.
I really got tired of the heroine. In the history of literature there might not be one other heroine who complains so much about how they're overmatched, inadequate, in pain... It gets to the point you start to feel like skipping ahead. I resisted that but I was happy to be finished the story.
The cultural aspects were intriguing but, for me at least, not enough to save the story.
"I hope it becomes a series!"
I loved this book. I found myself doing other activities just so I could listen to more of the story.
The story line and characters were amazing. I felt like I was really being drawn into the story with the full range of emotions that each character was displaying.
The narrator was very good. I've listened to her with other audiobooks, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.
I really hope that this book becomes a series. I'll be keeping my eye out for more 😊
"a must listen "
I loved this book, the author opened a while new world for me and the reader brought the story to life. I hope that there are more stories the Author has to tell of this strong female protagonist.
Yes, hearing the chinese words read aloud really adds to the experience.
A great introduction to a rich mythological tradition. Also great kung fu scenes.
The final battle.
I was caught up in the whole book, but no particular moment stood out.
Although it hints at a couple of tropes from the urban fantasy genre, for the most part I felt this was a very original and compelling book. I absolutely love the descriptions of the ghosts and the spirit world, and a heroine who is clearly a badass but still working within the conventions of her time and culture. You can also tell there is some fantastic research here. There is an authenticity to the world the author creates, even though (as is explained) some details had to be changed in order to create a good story. It's also a very very entertaining book - the fight scenes are fantastic and there are a lot of them. And because the heroine is both very strong and trying to fulfill her duties to her community, I'm totally caught up in her journey. I want more, is what I am saying.
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