Sunday, July 14
Book Review: The Nine Fold Heaven
Author: Mingmei Yip
Summary: When Shadow, a gifted, ambitious magician, competed with the beautiful Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying--Lung's son.
Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. Camilla also has her own secret agenda--she has heard a rumor that her son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals--including the vengeful Rainbow Chang--each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.
My Rating: 8.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book picks up pretty much where Skeleton Women leaves off, and by the end, pretty much all of the unanswered questions of are answered. I may not have enjoyed the book as much as Skeleton Women, but it was an excellent follow-up to the previous book and an excellent book on its own.
Like with Skeleton women, the narrative of the book carries the story forward and I found it was one of the main reasons why it was so hard to put the book down. While I did find that the pace was a little off in this book, it didn't seem to flow as well as it did with Skeleton Women, the narrative still had a very strong voice that kept me invested in the book.
The plot itself was also what kept me reading the book, which I finished in almost one sitting. While I was happing with how some things turned out there were other questions and pieces that seemed to be either unanswered or brushed off. I was hoping to find out more about Rainbow - but she seemed to be almost forgotten. In the book, her appearance was too short and I found she seemed to disappear from he book to soon. I was also hoping to see more of Shadow and Gao, although both of their endings to the book were very fitting, and consistent with who their characters were, I wanted just a little more from them.
My only other problem with the book was the ending, while I did like it, I did find it a bit predictable. It worked wonderfully with the story as a whole - but I was able to guess how things would turn out. It was a good ending though, everything came together nicely and I was happy (even the few predictable parts), with how certain parts of the ending turned out.
While I did enjoy Skeleton Women more, this was a excellent follow-up to the book - and like with Skeleton Women, I'd also recommend this one to read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, I do suggest reading Skeleton Women first, as this book does carry on where Skeleton leaves off. While it can be read as a standalone, it does spoil events in Skeleton Women.
What to read next: If you haven't read Skeleton Women, then that's the book to go to.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.