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The Weeping Empress Paperback – December 14, 2011
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"a consistently nuanced notion of good and evil--which is refreshing in the genre."- Kirkus Indie
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The book started with Chiyo not knowing where she was or what was happening, and as I went through the same emotions, it had an effect on me as if I was there, going through the same situations. That created an emotional bond with Chiyo, which intensified as the story progressed.
I'm a huge fan of Japanese world, their tradition, and sense of morale and duty, so I was rather susceptible to this kind of story, and was enchanted by the dance of the good and bad Sadie created. It really makes you think how you'd react, you are pulled deep into character's psyche, you start to understand their reasoning and motivations behind their doings, and although they are killing people, that doesn't bother you. Somehow, I viewed them as the "good guys" and fell in love with their personalities.
The biggest thrill this book caused was my own redefinition of good and bad. I was so happy that the characters were not typically goodish or notoriously bad, that they walked the edge of grey, as well as the fact that the book did not end in a perceivable way. What creeped me out is how much I was in tune with the characters, how their actions were not so odd to me, how much I felt as part of their group. Well, I guess that makes me a weirdo. :)
There's nothing beautiful in being ripped out of your happy, cozy life, losing everything and everyone you loved. But there is something beautiful in surrendering to the beast inside of you, in grotesqueness of killing, in mind's power over the body, and the self-discipline. In a very dark and destructive way, you find out who you truly are, what you're capable of, what you're made of. If I compare her previous happy life and this one, I say she was given an opportunity of a lifetime. She could have had a normal, happy life, but what's so spectacular about that?
Holy beans! (or something equally, if not more profane) you think to yourself. Where on God's green Earth are we? How do I return to whence I came? Nevermind that. Let's get out of here.
Chiyu obediently follows this same train of thought, linking up with fleeing citizens, the two warriors guiding them to safety. Pretty standard stuff that proceeds about as much as you might expect. Then, after all of their efforts, the two epic heroes do something shocking (a euphamism that with any more detail would be considered a spoiler) and at the same time we learn about a fairly striking prophecy. At this point the story takes off.
From this point on I enjoyed this story. Not that I didn't enjoy the story leading up to this unexpected turn of events and important reveal, but this is the point where the tale entered fabled New Territory, piquing my interest as it had not before. Suffice to say, characters we anticipated might be archetypal and bland were abruptly not so. I'll spare readers any further detail outside of this small tidbit: the title fits, as you might expect.
As an added bonus, I enjoyed the tidbits of scripture, or what have you, provided at the outset of each chapter, giving us an insight toward a prevailing religion and shaping the ensuing story.Read more ›
The exodus of the goddess Kali wreaks havoc upon dynasty-era Japan, which is the time period to when Chiyo one day wakes up. The beginning of this book is awfully slow--as is the end, but at least stuff happens, then; I really had to struggle to get there. In fact, it isn't clear what's happened to Chiyo until the very last few pages, which does serve as a surprising, fitting plot twist, but I would have preferred not to plow through more than 200 pages to encounter it.
As Chiyo becomes unsettlingly involved in the social upheaval of the Samurai, her anger, vengeance, and mental instability soon make her realize the cruelty in herself, and the purpose it serves in fate's even crueler decisions.
I wish I had better things to say about The Weeping Empress but overall it's just excruciatingly sluggishly paced and most of the content doesn't flow well. The premise was promising, but the execution rather disappointing, and the characters unexplored.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this book in my kindle for awhile now, how I missed it is beyond me. I found this book very interesting and so different from others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Kahele
A friend bought this book for me. Wish I could give negative stars...boring, boring, boring! The writing was poor, the story slow and the characters lacked depth. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Camille Smith
I found myself a little confused at first because it wasn't really clear that Chiyo had travelled through time. I thought maybe her wine had been drugged and she'd been shanghaied. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MadameRue
I'm not going to give a synopsis of the plot. There is already plenty of that. I will tell you that it is a book of lyrical writing, a reluctant and angry woman warrior, a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marti Freedman
Cast into a world in which you might only read about, Chiyo awakes to finds herself in a battle alongside Muhjah and Senka for which they are saving refugees from a group of... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Live Outside
When Chiyo wakes up in a strange world, dressed in pajamas, she's unprepared for the violence and danger that await. How did she get there? Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Diane Rapp
I'm a new Sadie S. Forsythe fan. Empress is not my preferred type of reading, but Sadie won me over completely with her superb narrative drive. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Harvey Griffin
The Weeping Empress is a unique blend of historical and contemporary fiction. I really enjoyed this compelling story of a woman thrust from her everyday life as a wife and mother... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Valerie
I have recieved The Weeping Empress by Forsythe (thank you very much) in exchange for my honest review.
I have started this book the same day that I recieved it. Read more