The Girl With Ghost Eyes

The Girl With Ghost Eyes

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" The Girl with Ghost Eyes is a fun, fun read. Martial arts and Asian magic set in Old San Francisco make for a fresh take on urban fantasy, a wonderful story that kept me up late to finish ."
--#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs

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 unique 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 afford.

When 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 ground.

With 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.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Publisher: New York :, Talos,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781940456362
1940456363
Characteristics: 274 pages

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misterwisp
Nov 28, 2016

This book is lots of fun. There are monsters, martial arts, and magic in abundance. The characters and the world are even well developed and engaging.

The setting is San Francisco's Chinatown in the late 1800's during the Chinese immigration boom. It feels very authentic and well described without distracting from the main story.

The main story does a great job managing character development at the same time as building the tension leading to the grand finale. The main character Li-lin manages a lot of things. She is a young widow, and immigrant, a daughter, and a guardian of her community. There are struggles related to all of these threads that are woven together nicely. You really get a sense of her pain and her strength and the society she lives in.

KimberlyReads Oct 20, 2016

With a spirit world layered just over ours and mythical creatures that spill over to threaten reality, The Girl With Ghost Eyes has the hallmarks of urban fantasy. But well-researched folklore and the intricate customs and social structure of San Francisco's turn of the century immigrant community make this debut fantasy feel like nothing you've read before.

If you're looking for rich, folklore-based fantasy in a vivid moment of history, The Girl with Ghost Eyes will satisfy. Chinatown's immigrant community is delivered with an action-packed punch.

Recommended for:
* Fantasy in a rich historical setting
* Spirits and magic from Chinese folklore traditions
* Cultural immersion with vivid characters and lyrical language

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Lauradeanne
May 02, 2016

This book had adventure, intrigue, fascinating creatures & rituals and beliefs based on ancient Chinese religions and superstitions, lots of dialogue reflecting Asian culture, and a female heroine. There was a lot of kung fu and fight scenes and confrontations with unsavory characters, but the structure held together and made this an exciting and interesting ride. It took a few pages to get started, but then discovered a whole world within these pages, unique and bewitching, and one I'll remember.

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bibliokrisp
Feb 19, 2016

After reading a thought-provoking, longer collection of essays, this was the perfect book to read--fast-paced, with a strong, smart woman who can see ghosts and battles many evils in the course of this story, which will be the 1st in a series. Do you like Kung Fu movies? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? This might be the book for you.

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Lauradeanne
May 02, 2016

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KimberlyReads Oct 20, 2016

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 unique 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 afford. When 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 ground. With 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.
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