Ahoy there mateys!
the girl with the ghost eyes (M.H. Boroson)
Another port plundered and what a lovely one this is. This author’s debut novel is a historical fiction fantasy set in Chinatown of San Francisco in 1898. It is expertly written, in my opinion, and full of surprises – including the ending. I also thought the writing was rather lyrical. This novel definitely kept me engaged. It deals with elements of Daoism, kung fu, monsters, magic, love, and Chinese folklore.
The story concerns a young girl named Li-lin who can see the spirits due to her “yin eyes.” Her whole journey is filled with grief, learning, and pure spunk. Watching her grow as a character and face the consequences for her actions is wonderful and, at times, sad.
Besides the main character, my other favorite character was Mr. Yanqiu who has to be read about to be believed. In fact a lot of the descriptions of the “spirit world” are quite something.
I won’t spoil the plot of the novel but I hope a lot more people read it. And the author hints there might be a sequel coming . . .
Amazon has this to say about the novel:
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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