Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Nine Fold Heaven by Mingmei Yip

In this mesmerizing new novel, Mingmei Yip draws readers deeper into the exotic world of 1930s Shanghai first explored in Skeleton Women, and into the lives of the unforgettable Camilla, Shadow, and Rainbow Chang.

When Shadow, a gifted, ambitious magician, competed with the beautiful Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying--Lung's son.

Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. Camilla also has her own secret agenda--she has heard a rumor that her son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals--including the vengeful Rainbow Chang--each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.

At first when I received this book and I saw the title I automatically thought I wouldn't like this book, but once I read a couple of chapters I found that I was starting to like the book and I was able to get into the story. 

At the beginning of the story one of the characters is describing how things managed to happen for him/her and the description and explanation is a little fast paced, but only through the Prologue. Once you get into the next few chapters it really draws the reader into the story. 

I found I couldn't put the book down once I got through the first three chapters. I ended up really liking this story and I found that the main characters were easy to like. I think this author is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the other authors out there. I think Mingmei Yip has a promising future as a writer.  I think this book would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a wonderful read.  Overall I give this book and this author a “B+.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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