- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Baaa Press (October 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940776007
- ISBN-13: 978-1940776002
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,489,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Long Way Paperback – October 2, 2013
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"A fine historical fantasy tale featuring a memorable, tenacious protagonist." --Kirkus Reviews
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The Long Way takes you along life's alley of the miserable and unfortunate, born to servitude, injustice and cruelty in China, through a horrific ocean voyage to the emerging, gold-digging West Coast of the United States. With pain in your heart for the heroin Leung Chi-Yen you emerge yourself in the story so fluidly written that it is hard to put the book aside. Her character evolves from the powerless but smart slave girl in China to a young woman with substance and knowledge of her mission in life. Against all odds, enduring every kind of insult and injury her aim is clear and true and her reward is great. Other interesting characters in the book are her side-kick Sin-Feng, their opium addicted monk/warrior/teacher Liu Kun, and the villain Malvenue. Together they are the web that ties history and magic together in a book that ends in tragedy and hope and leaves you wanting for more.
I liked the author's effort in using real historical background and putting a dragon into it...this story could have just as easily been set up as a nice story about a young girl's struggle to escape the sex trade in her own country and her new struggles to become independent in a new country where customs and attitudes from her homeland still prevail among her people here, plus the hateful discrimination that whites had for Chinese workers back then.
I enjoyed the story, but as some mentioned, the timeline moves about a little quick, you don't get a real good feel about how those passing years went for the characters. Other than that, I liked the book.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, will definitely read the sequel when it’s released.
Chi-Yen and Sin-Feng are admirable characters one only hopes to get to know better. And then there is a dragon. What more do you want?!
Semper Fi : Tommy
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