The Girl With Ghost Eyes

The Girl With Ghost Eyes

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It's the end of the nineteenth 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 great shame to Li-lin and her father. 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 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 woman 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.
Publisher: New York : Talos Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781940456362
1940456363
Branch Call Number: FIC BOROSON, M.
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm

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Glokta
Dec 18, 2017

It's pretty awesome. The lady protagonist is badass but not one dimensional. She is well written. The setting of San Francisco Chinatown back in the day was incorporated really well into the story. The culture and the feel of the place really come through in the writing. The main character fights supernatural evil with magic and martial arts, both of which get articulated very well and come across clearly. The magic system is much more interesting than just summoning up willpower to launch; according to the back of the book it is actually based in real Chinese folk beliefs which is an awesome way to do it and well executed in the book. I hope we get more stories with this character.

KimberlyReads Oct 20, 2016

With a spirit world layered just over ours and mythical creatures that spill over to threaten reality, The Girl With Ghost Eyes has the hallmarks of urban fantasy. But well-researched folklore and the intricate customs and social structure of San Francisco's turn of the century immigrant community make this debut fantasy feel like nothing you've read before.

If you're looking for rich, folklore-based fantasy in a vivid moment of history, The Girl with Ghost Eyes will satisfy. Chinatown's immigrant community is delivered with an action-packed punch.

Recommended for:
* Fantasy in a rich historical setting
* Spirits and magic from Chinese folklore traditions
* Cultural immersion with vivid characters and lyrical language

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Lauradeanne
May 02, 2016

This book had adventure, intrigue, fascinating creatures & rituals and beliefs based on ancient Chinese religions and superstitions, lots of dialogue reflecting Asian culture, and a female heroine. There was a lot of kung fu and fight scenes and confrontations with unsavory characters, but the structure held together and made this an exciting and interesting ride. It took a few pages to get started, but then discovered a whole world within these pages, unique and bewitching, and one I'll remember.

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bibliokrisp
Feb 19, 2016

After reading a thought-provoking, longer collection of essays, this was the perfect book to read--fast-paced, with a strong, smart woman who can see ghosts and battles many evils in the course of this story, which will be the 1st in a series. Do you like Kung Fu movies? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? This might be the book for you.

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May 02, 2016

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KimberlyReads Oct 20, 2016

It’s the end of the nineteenth 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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