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White Tiger by Kylie Chan review

White Tiger by Kylie Chan (Dark Heavens #1)

Egalley thanks to HarperCollins

Synopsis from Goodreads
ACTION, INTRIGUE, DEMONS AND DRAGONS Kylie Chan creates a fast and furious story balanced between the celestial and the mortal, the powerful and the innocent - Emma Donahue has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman. She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain. When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realise that Emma herself is more than she seems.

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How can I describe the sense of wonder I experienced when I finished this book? I can not. This was a wonderful, glorious journey, but this book is not for everyone.

I think that people who like me grew up on enormous amount of Hong Kong movies will love it. People who went to Asia and saw with their own eyes that alien for Westerners multi-layered culture will love it. For everyone else it's a gamble.

I spent 9 months in Asia, and still pretty much don't know anything of the culture and way of thinking, but I can recognise what Kylie Chan showed to us in White Tiger, and I think it took an enormous amount of research and talent to do it.

It's a beautiful book, which if you are patient enough will give you a glimpse of Chinese culture and mythology which you practically don't see in modern literature.

It's slow, it's evenly paced and that's why the relationship which develops between Emma and John Chen is completely believable. An employer and and employee first, friends second, master and his student third... It's gradual, but never boring. Leo, Mr.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.

There are so many mythical characters, Chinese gods and demons, traditions and complicated teachings. It's beautiful how John teaches Emma martial arts and how to work with her chi, how she becomes so much more than she thought she'd ever be.


I'm not going into details of the plot, I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I'm in awe of this book and I'm so relieved that book #2 Red Phoenix comes out in October, and book #3 Blue Dragon comes out in November. I need to know more.

Do read it if you are interested in Asian culture. The book is out today.

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Прекрасная книга, совершенно в неё влюбилась и буду читать вторую и третью часть трилогии.

Азия описана просто шикарно, плюс книга раскрывает взгляд на китайскую культуру и мифологию, что практически неизвестны на Западе. Я думаю, что те, кто вырос на гонгконгских боевиках, пьяных мастерах и крутосваренных эту книгу полюбят. В остальных не уверена. Либо понравится, либо читать не смогут.

События развиваются очень медленно, а это значит, что отношения Эммы и Джона Чена меняются так, что в них веришь: от работодателя и няни, к друзьям, мастеру и его ученику и наконец выливаются во что-то большее.

Лео - бодигард Джона и Симон - дочка Джона выписаны превосходно. Так в чём же фишка книги?

Джон не просто богатый китайский бизнесмен, он - бог боевых искусств, который остался на земле когда влюбился в простую смертную. У них родилась дочь, но когда его жену убиди демоны, он не смог вернуться в Поднебесье и остался ограждать дочь от опасности, всё слабея и слабея в своей земной оболочке... Джон - шикарен. Длиннющие, плывущие по воздуху чёрные волосы, превосходное тело, закалённое в боях.

Эмма - обычная женщина, но с огромной силой духа. Когда она узнаёт, что на самом деле происходит в доме мистера Чена, она настаивает на том, чтобы её включили в занятия и обучили как защитить себя и Симон, и вот тогда Джон и Лео начинают понимать, что Эмма обладает исключительными способностями...

Обучение безумно понравилось, боги, окружающие Джона невероятно интересны. В общем, я от этой книги в полном восторге. Прочитаю продолжение как только оно выйдет.



TheReadingOwl said...

I've never heard about this book before, but I'm adding it to my TBR list now ;)

Aleksandra said...

Sounds good!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I hope you both like it, because as I said it's a gamble. You might love it or you might it pretty boring :) I'm definitely reading more!

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