With Ghost Eyes The Girl 4/5 ****
M.H. Boroson - Fantasy Fiction
When M.H. Boroson was just nine years old he was a guest at the house of a friend who happened to be Chinese-American. Little did he know that visit would impact him so profoundly that he would write his debut novel based in 1898 San Francisco, Chinatown. His friend’s uncle told the boys a story of a Chinese fox lady who wore a magical pearl which gave her the ability to steal the energy of men.
Intrigued with the story, Boroson headed to the local library with the intent to read more of Chinese folklore. To his surprise books of this genera weren’t available.
He spent several years talking to and taking notes about as many Chinese stories as he could. Eventually he realized he could combine his love of Kung Fu movies, history and Chinese ghost lore to write a book; The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the final product.
Li-Lin is a young, widowed daughter of a prominent Daoshi exorcist, a ghost hunter, with yin eyes, the ability to see the spirit realm. Her father fleas China for reasons Li-Lin thinks she understands but the challenges that face her in her journey to save Chinatown will bring about a new understanding of her past and her father’s emotionless tendencies towards his only remaining family, Li- Lin.
Li-Lin not only faces the challenges of defeating some of the spirits world’s most dangerous and precarious spirits but she must also rise above the male dominated world she lives to save the only home she knows.
If you are looking for a novel filled with authentic Chinese magic, martial art action scenes, with bizarre spirits (like a walking, talking eye ball) of Asian folklore, then look no further and find yourself lost in the pages of The Girl with Ghost Eyes!
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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