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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 uniue 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 affordWhen 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 groundWith 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

10 thoughts on “The Girl with Ghost Eyes

  1. says:

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is such a cool novel It invents a whole new genre a blend of kung fu Daoist magic crazy monsters tong wars immigrant narrative female empowerment spiritual journey and social realism I googled to see what things look like19th c ChinatownYellow paper talismansPeachwood swordCreatures

  2. says:

    If you like historical fiction and you enjoy a good well written fantasy then this is definitely the book for you Set in Chinatown San Francisco in 1898 the story shows much of the way of life of Chinese immigrants at that time as they struggled to maintain their cultural beliefs and customs and yet still adapt to their new homeThat's the historical fiction aspect and it is very well done As for fantasy the author uses for his main character a very strong feisty Chinese girl Li Lin is the daughter of a traditional exorcist and is able to see spirits and demons She also practices Chinese magic and martial arts and is the epitome of a kick ass heroineThe result is an action packed story based in Chinese mythology and set within the customs and traditions of the period It is well written the characterisation is good and wow would it make a good movieWell worth a read

  3. says:

    And to think I almost missed this one Normally Book Bub is a hit or miss they're terrible when it comes to offering diverse reads and I know for a fact that there are a LOT of great books with lead characters of color just waiting for a chance to be discovered but somehow this ended up as an offering and I'm so glad I grabbed it Needless to say this would make a killer Netflix series Strong Asian heroine a sense of the lives of Chinese immigrants in turn of the century San Francisco ghosts demons the Tong it's all here and very well crafted Too bad I breezed through this but it was that awesome Li lin was the kind of kick ass heroine who could take it as well as dish it out And I loved the San Francisco setting Even though it was set in the past I recognized many of the streets and places named in the book And the new cover with the Chinese girl is awesome

  4. says:

    DNF at 23%No one really likes slow paced stories But with this one everything happened so fast that at the end of the first chapter I was likeThe second chapterThe third chapterYou see where I'm going with this?I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy such pace but me no From the start I need at least a little background story some set up maybe even a little filler to understand the character so I can care for himher but in this case all sorts of shit were happening to Li lin and I was allI also didn't really like the world of the story Don't get me wrong there was nothing wrong with it It's just that in my cough mind palace cough I give each world a feeling a sensation Li lin's world was dark and gloomy in a way that didn't really interest me Add that to a character that I don't care about and voilà we got ourselves a DNFAlthough I was really curious to read about Chinese folklore and culture Basing on the blurb and the reviews the book is really rich regarding everything Apparently everyone has enjoyed this story So I do think you should read this book Chances of disliking this story are lower than 5% I was just unlucky enough to fall in the category That's why I'm not going to rate the book It's one of those cases where it's not the book it's just me

  5. says:

    Brilliantly written endlessly fascinating story about Japanese American people who deal with the spirit world on a daily basis Adorable characters Yes especially the eye and a well written plot drive this novel straight through to the end I adored every second of it and I hated for it to end I cheered for the good guys and reveled in the endlessly wondrous worlds they traveled Definitely highly recommended5 stars and please read this soon——————3 years later and this is still brilliant Emily Woo Zeller is the narrator of the audiobook and she is brilliant also The author’s note is also incredibly informative

  6. says:

    My name is Xian Li linand I am a Maoshan Nu Daoshi of the Second Ordination Li lin is also a grieving widow a devoted and obedient daughter She has yin eyes She can see ghosts and must hide her ability in order to continue being an obedient daughter No nasty magic allowed Although the Maoshan tradition is keeping malevolent spirits away actually seeing ghosts is unacceptable so Li lin is trapped straightaway in an impossible situation set in an insoluble conflict with unfathomable tong disloyalty all while her heart is still freshly broken Rock hard place Cliff Li lin is a reluctant heroine set on a journey by forces beyond her ken with few allies trickster acuaintances and evil sorcerers Classic Boroson is a superb writer this is his first novel and I hope he sells the screen rights for a tidy sum Imagine Big Trouble in Little China with a female hero minus the cultish cutes Meanwhile I hope he's writing another Li lin book right now

  7. says:

    Characters like Li Lin do not come around every day and rarely are they part of a non anglo culture She is an exceptional protagonist in a novel full of interesting and exciting characters As much as I like her as a character I like that the author gave her plenty of opportunities to fail This is not a story where things go smoothly and plans are carried out with ease And so we see our protagonist fail when we expect a victory and succeed when we thought all hope was lost I recommend this book to young adults and adults alike I cannot wait for the next one

  8. says:

    Excellent action packed read Strong female character

  9. says:

    Wow I just loved this bookIt was so well researched and embedded with culture from many sources So first of all hats off to the amazing work that must have gone into crafting such a well put together story while respecting the culture whence it came The story's gist while not revolutionary brought a few new twists and kicks to the character can see human world and spirit world that I'm used to which was greatly appreciated The characters themselves were wonderful So fully formed and flawed but real and representative of the culture and time period Although I admit Mao'er and Shuai Hu were my favorites Xian did not fail to deliver an amazing heroine who was soft and hard all at once My one dislike was the overall pacing of the story and especially the climax At times it felt just a wee bit dragged out with cultural details to prove the author knew what he was saying via the characters or that the resolution to a scene was just a few beats late in the grand rhythm of it all Still not enough for me to give GwGE anything less than a full 5 stars

  10. says:

    “In San Francisco during the late 1800s a young Chinese widow tries to keep her father alive and win a place in his heart she doesn’t realize she already owns This story is filled with wonderful detail from Chinese folklore and mythology and plenty of action as two tongs battle to control Chinatown The very best fantasy employs strong characters who are real people with real problems I enjoyed every page”Janet Martin Southern Pines Public Library Southern Pines NC