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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061994057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061994050
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action and sexual tension… a smart, entertaining read.” (Australian SpecFic)

“WHITE TIGER is a fast paced novel with liberal quantities of romance, action and fantasy. The present-day setting blends seamlessly with the solid grounding the book has in myth and folklore. It is a rich tapestry of culture, action and love and makes for good entertainment.” (OzHorrorScope)

“A wonderful rollicking yarn that kept me engrossed right to the end.” (Robbi Neal)

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Action, intrigue, demons and dragons

Kylie Chan creates a fast andfurious story balanced betweenthe celestial and the mortal,the powerful and the innocent . . .

Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman.

She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in themortal domain.

When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realize that Emma herself is more than she seems . . .

Customer Reviews

I just don't feel much for the characters.
Pamela
Even if you are unfamiliar with martial arts and all that, Ms Chan explores the world within her books in such a way that you, the reader, get swept into it.
Lys Smith
I will be putting Kylie Chan on my "must read" list for book two.
Arwen

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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Pamela VINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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Let me start this review by saying that I really wanted to like this book. The concept is pretty cool, and there aren't enough fantasy/urban fantasy books out there that deal with Chinese mythology, or Asian mythology in general. I want more fantasies set in Asia. This book, unfortunately, just didn't do it for me.

As I read, it occurred to me that this book feels more like a first draft than a finished product. It is very long, and unfortunately not much happens in its 546 pages. The novel is obviously setting up the next book in the trilogy, but what's unfortunate about that is that most of the novel's "plot" is set up for future stuff. Not a lot happens, and I was very bored even when I knew I was supposed to be feeling some sense of urgency.

The book is in first person, and unfortunately the protagonist, Emma, isn't all that interesting. There's a whole lot of telling and very little showing. Yes, I get that Emma is frustrated, but I don't really believe it because I'm just being told that she's frustrated instead of being shown how that emotion is telegraphed through her thoughts and actions. I spent the first hundred pages of this book frustrated myself by the continual and rather clumsy attempts to create suspense and tension through Emma's boring and sparse narration.

See, Emma is an Australian ex-pat in Hong Kong, and she's just taken a job as a live-in nanny for the daughter of a wealthy, handsome, mysterious guy named Mr. Chen. But there's something funny about Mr. Chen, and this is supposed to be a big mystery that's revealed in a surprise about a hundred pages in. Except that I figured out what the mystery was about forty pages in, and so I had to sit through chapter after chapter of Emma saying something like, "Tell me what's going on!" and Mr.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rapturefish on January 31, 2009
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It's an interesting enough read, and the premise is quite original - an Australian woman finds she's the nanny to the child of a Chinese god and gets drawn into a world of Chinese deities, beings and demons - all set in the modern cosmopolitan life of Hong Kong. That's enough to keep you interested as you go through the book, and along with the various gods and beings introduced you get a snapshot of the weird and wonderful life in Hong Kong.

As far as plot goes, it isn't anything surprising - there seems to be a lot of introductory elements, and apart from some big attacks on the main protagonists and the ever-present lookout for demons you don't really feel that anything changes the trajectory of the main cast. More attention seems to focus on the romance between Emma and Chen. But it's not the plot that really keeps things going but the premise and the curiosity with Chinese culture, the martial arts and the unique situation of relating to a deity.

As a former ex-pat who lived in Hong Kong I understood the localities, chinese phrases and other cultural references more than a non-Hong Kong reader - if you're in a similar boat, then you'll like this book even more. Even if you're not though I believe you'll find it an insightful book for the research behind it, the concept original and the characters humorous and likeable. Also, to a lesser point, as an Aussie-born Chinese I could appreciate the little Aussie traits that are found in Emma's character.

A worthwhile, accessible read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Kindred on August 2, 2013
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I just finished Kylie Chan's first book of the Dark Heaven's Trilogy, White Tiger and resurface to reality with mixed feelings. Let me start off with the good points first because the reason I'm so conflicted is that the good and the bad are so polarized.

How rare is it that readers in the West are treated to such an in depth and well researched depiction of Eastern Mythology? The amount of effort put into bringing it to life and the end result are absolutely amazing. If there are mistakes in the mythology Chan's used, it's completely over-lookable. When I finished reading White Tiger, I actually felt like I'd learned something, and not to sound arrogant, but I LOVE mythology and rarely feel like I've learned so much as seen a new portrayal of something. This was simultaneously unfamiliar, exciting and educational.

Just as thrilling was the setting. It was wonderful to read something set in such a different and exotic country, and fairly portraying the good with the bad. American metropolises are the default for stories of this vein and it was refreshing to see it all somewhere else, and not through the rose tinted lenses of an American. Nothing against America, but this was different and Chan made it work.

Also different and unique are her diverse cast of characters, both mundane and mythical. She stays true to the mythology for those that are more than mere mortals, and fleshes out all of her characters in an incredibly pleasing way. The allies are amusing and the villains are truly vile. Maybe not initially, but I personally wanted to run her bad guys through with a sword by the end.

Unfortunately I can't say I care one way or the other about her lead character Emma Donahoe. Simply put, she's flawless.
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For more information on Kylie and her books, please visit her website at www.kyliechan.com.

Suggested reading order:

'Black Scales White Fur', an independent novella.

Xuan Wu Series of nine full-length novels:

'Dark Heavens' Trilogy (Available as an Omnibus edition in Australia/NZ)
1. White Tiger
2. Red Phoenix
3. Blue Dragon

Continuing ten years later, with the same cast:

'Journey to Wudang' Trilogy (Available as an Omnibus edition in Australia/NZ)
1. Earth to Hell
2. Hell to Heaven
3. Heaven to Wudang

Continuing immediately after 'Heaven to Wudang':

'Celestial Battle' Trilogy
1. Dark Serpent (To be released April 29 2014 worldwide outside Australia)
2. Demon Child (To be released June 2014 in Australia, September 1 2014 worldwide)
3. Black Jade

Novella: 'Black Scales White Fur'
- independent, stand-alone, and spoiler-free. An ideal first sample of Kylie's work.

Hybrid graphic novel, illustrated by Queenie Chan: 'Small Shen'
- a prequel that can be read independently of the Xuan Wu series. It tells the story of Gold, one of the minor characters, starting in 1720 and finishing just before the beginning of 'White Tiger'. Only published in Australia/NZ to date.













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