- Series: The Daoshi Chronicles (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Talos (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940456363
- ISBN-13: 978-1940456362
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Girl with Ghost Eyes is a fun, fun read. Martial arts and Asian magic set in Old San Francisco make for a fresh take on urban fantasy, a wonderful story that kept me up late to finish."
"Lyrical and captivating... a thrilling adventure through historical Chinatown, and an exquisite blend of history and myth set in a spirit-world you'll never forget."
--Rob Thurman, New York Times bestselling author
"An impressive first novel set in a beautifully realized world of Daoism and martial arts... One of those books you can't wait to get back to."
--Lian Hearn, author of the international bestselling Tales of the Otori series
"A brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898... This fantastic tale smoothly mixes Hong Kong cinema with urban fantasy, and Li-lin is a splendid protagonist whose cleverness and bravura will leave readers eager for her future adventures."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Packed with evocative imagery of the multitudes of spirits lurking just out of sight. Li-lin is a strong, determined character."
--Library Journal, starred review, Debut of the Month
"[a] dazzling fantasy novel full of Chinese folklore and ancient monsters and magic"
--Goodreads newsletter, six Best Books of the Month
"a thrilling world of kung fu, sorcery, and spirits... a compelling page-turner... nicely channels Hayao Miyazaki's powerful visual imagination... a bright new voice in fantasy."
--The A.V. Club
"A joy to read... blends fluid, kinetic martial arts sequences with grotesque creatures and enough dramatic tension and pathos to hook readers and keep them."
--Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"a well-researched look into Chinese folklore, as well as commentary on how Asian immigrants were treated during the 19th century."
--Bustle.com, 15 Diverse Magical Fantasy Novels to Read ASAP
"Filled with wonderful detail from Chinese folklore and mythology,and plenty of action as two tongs battle to control Chinatown. The very best fantasy employs strong characters who are real people with real problems. I enjoyed every page."
--Libraryreads, Top Ten Books of the Month
"Li-lin is one of my all-time favorite female characters after reading this book; I simply fell in love with her... I expect to see The Girl with Ghost Eyes on lots of "Best of" lists this year. It's certainly going to be on mine. Highly recommended."
--The Speculative Herald, 10/10 rating
"Masterful writing... Boroson has done his research quite extensively, and he's approached every aspect of the book with thoughtfulness and respect... I am absolutely ravenous for more of Li-Lin's story."
--Christina Ladd, Geekly Inc.
"This debut just wowed me through and through. I can't mention enough how enthralling this story is."
--Fantasy Book Critic, #1 Debut of the Year
"Well-researched folklore and the intricate customs and structure of San Francisco's immigrant community at the century's end make this debut fantasy feel like nothing you've read before... rich, folklore-based fantasy in a vivid moment of history... The vibrant life of Chinatown's immigrant community is revealed with an action-packed punch."
--Come Hither Books
"a delightful blend of fantasy, horror, mystery, and suspense, with a heavy dose of Chinese mythology and a touch of Bruce Lee... a real palate-cleanser if you've grown used to medieval fantasy and Christian-based horror and unspeculative historical fiction."
--Top New Fantasy
"Boroson's meticulously researched novel is a beautiful blend of ancient Chinese myths and hard historical realisms."
"[A] suspenseful, tightly plotted story about magic outside the European tradition."
--The Globe and Mail
"A magical tale steeped in Chinese folklore and history, with memorable characters, exciting action, and one very special eyeball spirit."
--Books, Bones, and Buffy, Best Surprise of 2015
From the Back Cover
"Maoshan isn't like other traditions. We are ghost hunters, spirit mediums, and exorcists. When creatures out of nightmare trouble Chinatown, people come to the Maoshan for protection. With paper talismans we drive away the spirits, with magic gourds we imprison them, with peachwood swords we destroy them. People fear those who live at the border of the spirit world. They say a haunt of death taints us. They might be right."
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A culturally sensitive portrayal of the times, this book deftly captures the hardships and stigma of being a widow in the late 1800's. Li-Lin's relationship with her father, and her unending struggle to win his approval, adds a deep layer of humanity to the story. Li-Lin is an underdog, and all the way up to the thrilling end, I could not help but cheer for her as she goes from being an afterthought in society, to a warrior respected by the living and the dead. The book is not only a journey into the otherworldly, but also an emotional journey that mirrors life, with lots of ups and downs, failures and successes.
And have I mentioned the creatures?! Wow. As I was reading, I could vividly picture their odd and grotesque features as they parade gleefully down the street. You not only have the grim and the macabre, but also the colorful and the offbeat. They reminded me of great films such as Spirited Away and 1980's Hong Kong spirit magic films. They are unlike anything you've ever read about.
As a Chinese-American, I appreciate the author's genuine effort in depicting the characters as flesh and blood, with real emotions and struggles, and not the caricatures you usually see with Asian characters. Li-Lin is not the typical sexpot with a sword dressed in a skimpy outfit; she is a true woman warrior to be revered. Also, many of the religious and folk terms used in the book are the genuine article. I could tell much research was done, with a great emphasis on their authenticity. I believe that once you get into the story, any perceived cultural barriers will dissolve and you'll root for Li-Lin like you would your own sister. I had a great time reading this book, and I'm eagerly looking forward to further tales of Li-Lin's journey. Highly recommended. Definitely worth revisiting.
Boronson weaves such a beautiful tale with such a demonic world, I have to say that. It is very impressive to see how the author took the command of the novel, internalizing as the main character Li-lin, a young widow bound by the sense of honor. She travels between worlds, kicks in the spiritual world, and turtle breathes in the real world of Chinatown. Her peachwood sword might not be as powerful as a daonu of seventh ordination, but her determination will certainly make the memory-eaters flinch.
It's true I really enjoyed reading many familiar names of Chinese folklore in the novel – Bai Fa Mo Nu! But what I love most was how the author described the culture in a poetic and unforgettable gesture. For example, Li-lin asked, “How long must I protect you if I agree?” The answer goes, “From the time of ten suns to the time of none.”
Oh, how I love that, and everyone, who knew the tale of Hou Yi would love that.
Li-Lin, a grieving widow who still follows the "old ways" of The Dao, tries to be a dutiful daughter, but she must become a fierce warrior as she is the only one who can stop an evil that threatens to destroy not only Chinatown, but the rest of the world. She collects a motley crew to lead against this evil, from the spirit of her father's eyeball (it's complicated) to the 3-eyed seagull spirits. It is beautifully drawn with words, and I adored the way events unfolded in their own time and at their own pace, even though we know the clock is ticking and the evil is coming.
This is one of those books that you think about even after you've finished the story. The characters have become old friends and you miss them immediately. It also immerses you in a time and place so well that you immediately imagine the sights, the scents, and the people.
In short, it isn't high literature, but it is a wonderful read with a good plot and interesting characters. It is perfect for a rainy day read, and I truly hope the author continues to create new Li-Lin adventures.
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