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White Tiger: Dark Heavens Book One par [Chan, Kylie]
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Revue de presse

“Packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action and sexual tension… a smart, entertaining read.” (Australian SpecFic)

“WHITE TIGER is a fast paced novel with liberal quantities of romance, action and fantasy. The present-day setting blends seamlessly with the solid grounding the book has in myth and folklore. It is a rich tapestry of culture, action and love and makes for good entertainment.” (OzHorrorScope)

“A wonderful rollicking yarn that kept me engrossed right to the end.” (Robbi Neal)

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“Packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action, and sexual tension….A smart, entertaining read.”
Australian Specific

A young woman accepts a position as nanny to the young daughter of a handsome, wealthy, and mysterious Chinese businessman—only to discover her new employer is really a god…and every foul demon in creation is out to destroy him! With a premise like that, fantasy aficionados and die-hard action lovers alike will no doubt be expecting something exceptional—and Australian author Kylie Chan delivers big time! White Tiger is the first book in Chan’s breathtaking trilogy that ingeniously blends magic, martial arts, and urban fantasy with a healthy dollop of paranormal romance thrown in to sweeten the pot. Fans of Hong Kong kung fu movies and the novels of Lilith Saintcrow, Liz Williams, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, and Ilona Andrews will flip over White Tiger, Kylie Chan’s remarkable non-stop martial arts supernatural adventure love story.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 White Tiger Book Review 2 août 2013
Par Julian Kindred - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I just finished Kylie Chan's first book of the Dark Heaven's Trilogy, White Tiger and resurface to reality with mixed feelings. Let me start off with the good points first because the reason I'm so conflicted is that the good and the bad are so polarized.

How rare is it that readers in the West are treated to such an in depth and well researched depiction of Eastern Mythology? The amount of effort put into bringing it to life and the end result are absolutely amazing. If there are mistakes in the mythology Chan's used, it's completely over-lookable. When I finished reading White Tiger, I actually felt like I'd learned something, and not to sound arrogant, but I LOVE mythology and rarely feel like I've learned so much as seen a new portrayal of something. This was simultaneously unfamiliar, exciting and educational.

Just as thrilling was the setting. It was wonderful to read something set in such a different and exotic country, and fairly portraying the good with the bad. American metropolises are the default for stories of this vein and it was refreshing to see it all somewhere else, and not through the rose tinted lenses of an American. Nothing against America, but this was different and Chan made it work.

Also different and unique are her diverse cast of characters, both mundane and mythical. She stays true to the mythology for those that are more than mere mortals, and fleshes out all of her characters in an incredibly pleasing way. The allies are amusing and the villains are truly vile. Maybe not initially, but I personally wanted to run her bad guys through with a sword by the end.

Unfortunately I can't say I care one way or the other about her lead character Emma Donahoe. Simply put, she's flawless. She starts off a little overweight but quickly overcomes that with martial arts training and makes absolutely no mistakes throughout the entire book. If anyone doesn't like her, they're evil or nobody likes them. If she can be said to have a flaw, it's ignorance, which brings me to the next weakness of the novel.

Secrets are kept from her for absolutely no good reason whatsoever that put her life in jeopardy. I won't spoil what they are, but I cannot buy that Leo wouldn't have said something given his protective and independent streaks. As soon as she's told what's going on around her, which is delayed too long, again for no believable reason, he should have brought this up and instead shuffles his feet.

Lastly, despite the well designed and fleshed out characters, the book is not at all character driven, which was a big disappointment for me. In fact, it's arguable that White Tiger has no plot at all unto itself. Things, really cool things, happen to and around the characters, but not because of anything Emma does or doesn't do. I kept seeing all these little hooks placed throughout the novel and expecting it all to suddenly come together, but it doesn't. It's a timeline of events featuring Emma and company, a slice of life if you will. If that's your cup of tea, then this book is perfect for you, but I didn't go in expecting that and so when the pieces didn't all come together at the end I felt a little cheated.

On the whole, I'll tentatively give this book my stamp of approval, firstly for the three amazing things Chan did right, and secondly because as soon as I catch up on my other reading I plan on checking out the sequel.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting setting/concept, but the writing doesn't come through 21 septembre 2011
Par Pamela - Publié sur
Format: Poche Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Let me start this review by saying that I really wanted to like this book. The concept is pretty cool, and there aren't enough fantasy/urban fantasy books out there that deal with Chinese mythology, or Asian mythology in general. I want more fantasies set in Asia. This book, unfortunately, just didn't do it for me.

As I read, it occurred to me that this book feels more like a first draft than a finished product. It is very long, and unfortunately not much happens in its 546 pages. The novel is obviously setting up the next book in the trilogy, but what's unfortunate about that is that most of the novel's "plot" is set up for future stuff. Not a lot happens, and I was very bored even when I knew I was supposed to be feeling some sense of urgency.

The book is in first person, and unfortunately the protagonist, Emma, isn't all that interesting. There's a whole lot of telling and very little showing. Yes, I get that Emma is frustrated, but I don't really believe it because I'm just being told that she's frustrated instead of being shown how that emotion is telegraphed through her thoughts and actions. I spent the first hundred pages of this book frustrated myself by the continual and rather clumsy attempts to create suspense and tension through Emma's boring and sparse narration.

See, Emma is an Australian ex-pat in Hong Kong, and she's just taken a job as a live-in nanny for the daughter of a wealthy, handsome, mysterious guy named Mr. Chen. But there's something funny about Mr. Chen, and this is supposed to be a big mystery that's revealed in a surprise about a hundred pages in. Except that I figured out what the mystery was about forty pages in, and so I had to sit through chapter after chapter of Emma saying something like, "Tell me what's going on!" and Mr. Chen or his bodyguard saying, "We will tell you soon!" Lather, rinse, repeat ad nauseum. The attempts at foreshadowing make the big reveal painfully obvious and frankly makes Emma seem a bit dense that she doesn't just come out and say "You're [Insert Spoiler Here]!" to Mr. Chen's face.

The characterization is pretty bare. Emma pretty much has no personality. Most of her narration is in short, choppy descriptions of action with very little of her thoughts or motivations. Mr. Chen is handsome and kindly, but we're supposed to have the idea that he's mysterious and dangerous. I never really feel it. Leo, the bodyguard, is grumpy but cares for Mr. Chen and his daughter, and that's about it. Simone, the aforementioned daughter, is way too twee to be believable as a realistic kid. I just don't feel much for the characters.

The writing itself is very simplistic, and while that's sometimes a good thing, it feels extremely stilted here. Simple writing should be quick to read, but this is so dull that I had serious trouble with it. The sentences are very choppy, and the author occasionally throws in intensely awkward exchanges like the following:

"'I am staying with Simone!'

'You really do love her, don't you,' he said softly, his face intense.

The words came out before I even thought about them. 'More than anything in the world.' And it was true. Simone was very special to me.

We shared a thought: both of us loved her more than anything in the world."

Gee, I would never have assumed that they loved Simone more than anything in the world if I hadn't been told so twice.

The actual concept and setting of the novel are interesting, and I'll happily say that Ms. Chen obviously knows Hong Kong well and does a pretty good job of creating the setting. I just really wanted to enjoy a book about Chinese mythology and martial arts. Instead, I feel like I was stuck with 546 pages of very little plot and a whole lot of scene-setting. White Tiger probably could have been a very interesting book, but I wish an editor had gone through it with a machete and cut out the extraneous scene setting and directed the plot a bit better. As it is, I wasn't interested in the book despite the Asian setting.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fascinating Read If You Want To Know About Chinese Culture 31 janvier 2009
Par rapturefish - Publié sur
Format: Broché
It's an interesting enough read, and the premise is quite original - an Australian woman finds she's the nanny to the child of a Chinese god and gets drawn into a world of Chinese deities, beings and demons - all set in the modern cosmopolitan life of Hong Kong. That's enough to keep you interested as you go through the book, and along with the various gods and beings introduced you get a snapshot of the weird and wonderful life in Hong Kong.

As far as plot goes, it isn't anything surprising - there seems to be a lot of introductory elements, and apart from some big attacks on the main protagonists and the ever-present lookout for demons you don't really feel that anything changes the trajectory of the main cast. More attention seems to focus on the romance between Emma and Chen. But it's not the plot that really keeps things going but the premise and the curiosity with Chinese culture, the martial arts and the unique situation of relating to a deity.

As a former ex-pat who lived in Hong Kong I understood the localities, chinese phrases and other cultural references more than a non-Hong Kong reader - if you're in a similar boat, then you'll like this book even more. Even if you're not though I believe you'll find it an insightful book for the research behind it, the concept original and the characters humorous and likeable. Also, to a lesser point, as an Aussie-born Chinese I could appreciate the little Aussie traits that are found in Emma's character.

A worthwhile, accessible read.
17 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 25 mai 2012
Par Susan Bartos - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I very much wanted to like this book. (Notice how many of the negative reviews start this way?) An urban fantasy with an (apparently) strong female lead, including Chinese culture, myth, and matrial arts? What's not to like? Well, plenty, as it turns out.

The fight scenes just didn't ring true. The author's bio says that she has studied kung fu; however, this isn't readily apparent in the descriptions of fights. In fact, when the heroes are fighting, there's hardly any description of the action at all. Plus, there's never any feeling that any of the characters are in real danger. They dispatch all enemies easily. One of the biggest battles, which changes the course of the events of the book, happens "off-screen." And, yes, I know both Leo and Mr. Chen are hurt in one battle, but they are both healed easily with magical aid.

The characters are all very one-dimensional. It was hard to empathize with them. Simone is unfailingly cute, Leo is grumpy but kind, Mr. Chen is the mysterious martial arts teacher. Emma, especially, comes off as little more than a caricature. The author stresses over and over again how she is "just a normal human" when nearly everyone else in the book is a god, spirit, boddhisatva, or demon. However, the normal human takes a job as a nanny for Mr. Chen and quickly is elevated into a position in his household which can only be described as exalted. Further, she begins to study matial arts, and in less than a year, she goes from being "round" (her description of herself in the book) to having random strangers asking her if she's an aerobics instrctor. She can take on someone who's been studying martial arts for six years with Mr. Chen, and she is "one of a thousand" humans who can learn particular techniques. Everything comes easily for her; there's no conflict, no struggle. She even gets the guy in a spectacular way. Frankly, I found her characterization bordering on "Mary Sue" territory.

While the book does read quickly, there is repetition galore, as others have pointed out. Things that could have been condensed into one chapter are spread out over several, and while I understand it was the author's intent to make this book a set-up for the next two, the repetition doesn't leave room for other things that needed exposition. For example, where did the classification of demons as "level ten," "level twenty," etc., come from? And how does one tell what level they are? I would have liked to learn more about the demonology of the book's universe, but it was sadly lacking.

Usually, I am willing to give a series another try if the first book is weak, but I don't think I'm going to do that with this one.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Chinese Mythology and Romance! 26 janvier 2012
Par JKom - Publié sur
Format: Poche
First of all, this is NOT an action-filled, high-kicking kung-fooey potboiler. It is first and foremost a romance between a human and a god, solidly based in Chinese mythology. If you have no feeling or understanding of Asian culture and legends, this story will have a different 'pacing' than you may be used to. To use a movie comparison, instead of rapid-fire Jackie Chan, the "Dark Dragon" series is more like the classic Shaw Brothers "Water Margin" movies.

For those of us who do love and are a part of Asian culture, it's an entertaining and solid series of the type we don't often get to see in the fantasy novel world. Chinese mythology is a rich history to mine ideas from, and their Celestrial interactions with mortals are as legion as are the Greek and Roman gods.

I'm only surprised it's taken so long for someone to incorporate Chinese myth and classic qi kong with a good dose of romance. My DH is from Hong Kong and normally reads Warhammer 40,000 novels, but we're both former martial artists, and both of us really enjoyed this series. All the cultural references and characters' behaviors completely ring true; it's an insight into the clash between the old aristocracy and the brash new Westernized generation.

We're eagerly looking forward to Ms. Chan finalizing the US publishing rights for the next Dark Dragon novels (only the first three are in publication in the US at this time).
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