Publisher: Angry Robot
Pub. Date: April 4th, 2010
Age Level: Urban Fantasy
Obtained: Received for Review
When 28–year–old Emma Donahoe becomes a nanny to John Chen's daughter, Simone, 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 world.
Emma gradually realises that John Chen is no ordinary businessman and that nearly all the demons in hell would like to see him dead. John and his American bodyguard, Leo, begin to teach Emma their particular brand of martial arts and special defensive techniques ... they also begin to realise that there is something that is different about Emma but exactly what it is, nobody can say.
A fabulous, fast–paced and very entertaining fantasy adventure ... a trilogy based on Chinese mythology, set in modern–day Hong Kong, where an ancient god falls in love with a young Australian woman ...
The author is very knowledgeable about Chinese Mythology and martial arts. It was very interesting to learn about it because it’s new territory for me. I loved some, not all the characters though. I loved the little girl, she was just a cute character and a very strong one as well. Although I really wish that the author would have explored her character a little more. It has a pretty awesome storyline, although it kind of drifted off coarse here and there but it got right back on. Ok on to some of the things I didn’t enjoy about this novel. It was very long and it took a lot of pages to explain a single concept. One thing that annoyed me the most was the fact that every time the Emma asked John or his employees what was going on, she kept getting told the same thing over and over again and it bored me. Sometimes the actions of the characters confused me as to why they would do that particular thing. Ex: When Emma moves into John’s house not knowing anything about him really (oh and not to mention he has a lot of weapons and martial arts stuff), just that she has to tutor his daughter. That so would not happen in real life. Overall it’s an okie read. I give this novel 2.5 out of 5 paws.
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