That's why they're called myths. The blurb talks about the possible targeting of his daughter Simone by kidnappers and Emma's entry into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger. So prepare for a rant. Second read: I didn't have the best recollection about this book, but I was really tired this week and I needed to read something non-taxing. And then it happened again. John Chen, a client of hers, wants to hire her to be a full time nanny for his This is the first book in the Dark Heavens trilogy. She now lives in Queensland with her two children.
And wait for it she did, the reveal was postponed at least a dozen times over months! Emma gradually realises that John Chen is no ordinary businessman and that nearly all the demons in hell would like to see him dead. Lacked a sense of immersion as I never felt that any of the characters were ever truly in any peril and anything that surprised me read:that wasn't predictable was only due to the fact that it didn't make sense and came completely from left field. As a part time teacher of John's daughter Simone when there is a problem with Mr. The writing was a little odd, I actually went to look up to see if it was translated into english, as at times it did appear to be. And there are a whole load of very interesting characters in the story that just beg to be explored more deeply, that, had Ms Chan's storytelling skills had a little more sophisticated back when she wrote this, she could have done some awesome work with. It is a rich tapestry of culture, action and love and makes for good entertainment. The action is another big let-down.
I loved some, not all the characters though. Forget that he's operating under the same protective faculties for years. She is currently looking after a child named Simone, who is John Chen's daughter and Chen is one of the Chinese Gods. Every so often demons attack, but we also eat endless meals, do lots of martial arts training, go to the beach and buy swimwear. If every art form on the planet was based completely on what was possible in reality, then we would be bored, and we would be boring. Then again, he seems to lack that too, since that's a plot point.
John is absent for the whole book, except for a few tiny glimpses. I'd love to teach her. Chen's bodyguard and Simone - John's daughter are absolutely delightful, and Emma herself is a strong character who I totally fell in love with from the very beginning when she resigned from her job as a teacher. Kylie Chan did a wonderful job of coloring in my knowledge of some of the Chinese gods. She is super employable coming from an English background, and her employer Kitty Kwok asks her some apparently offensive questions about what her other employers do for a living. It is a typical unrequited love scenario that I thought had gone the way of the dodo. I can't feel her living.
The friends she has in Hong Kong are just as compelling as Emma, really. Said person the promise was made to has been dead for years, if that doesn't negate the promise, he should have found a loophole by now. We'll let the brilliance behind her pass. Once this book decided that it was going to be a romance it just got worse. It's billed as a martial-arts, mythological urban fantasy. It's not an offensive book - it's just insipid and stupid. But I like learning more.
Other This book is a mess. I like fantasy based on mythology and Chinese is quite new for me. The writing was a little odd, I actually went to look up to see if it was translated into english, as at times it did appear to be. Also, Emma is described as not so pretty and chubby and even dotes on her looks, and yet many guys hit on her a tell her she's goregeous? We could have talked about it this past week! Every time I try to read another page, my hands tighten on the cover and I just picture the oh-so-satisfying sound of paper being ripped from its gluey binding, and it's time to step away before I do something more rash than toss it in the Goodwill pile. The pros of gaining knowledge and insight into another culture and society just didn't outweigh the bad character development for me. I kept reading this book in hopes that Chan would find her stride at some point. In spite of the fact that she has absolutely no personal charm, the world seems to comply.
That so would not happen in real life. Kind of plain, doesn't wear make-up, isn't really into clothes or shoes, slightly overweight. However, they cannot write a story and it has ended up reading more like a non fiction book. But, like I said, she's a main plot purpose. This is a 562-page book paperback edition and allowing for the glossary and as such should have allowed us ample time to be pulled into what could have been a delightful and rather unique story. After reading this book I immediately ordered the next two books and finished them all within a couple of days, which is amazing considering these books are over 500 pages long. Second thing, why is he still complying with such an idiotic and dangerous promise? I bought this book believing it would be a gripping, fast paced, action packed story with martial arts, Chinese culture and mythology.
First off, the main character, Emma Donahoe. I did like her Australian-isms but her personality was so 2-dimensional. Obviously a start to a long trilogy as it felt that a lot of story angles and plot lines were being set up but none were addressed or resolved in the first book. He's said to be a big, black ugly guy. White Tiger is the first book of an excellent trilogy, however it stands perfectly well on its own merits.