Brisbane author Kylie Chan has hit fantasy gold with her incredible tale of Chinese Gods on Earth in her first trilogy The Dark Heavens. They follow the story of a young Australian woman living in Hong Kong, who finds herself caught in the middle of a war that goes unseen by your average mortal. But Emma isn't your average mortal.
Kylie Chan married a Chinese National, and lived in Hong Kong herself, hence the backdrop for her masterpiece. Now living in Brisbane with her huband and two children, it provides a beautiful contrast to the hectic streets of Hong Kong.
Emma, and Australian working in Hong Kong as a Kindergarten English teacher, quits her job and devotes herself full time to working for Mr. John Chen, who requires a full time nanny for his four year old daughter, Simone. It doesn't take long for sparks to fly between Emma and the enigmatic single father Mr. Chen, but John is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, and Emma accepts that. It also doesn't take long for Emma to realise that this is one weird household. The Chauffer, a huge black gay guy called Leo, is actually a bodyguard, and Mr. Chen carries a sword around whenever he leaves the house. Strange people come and go without ever saying a word, and Simone always talks about the "bad people". Emma can't help but wonder what the hell is going on! But no one seems to want to tell her, and when John finally begins to give her answers, they are vague and unhelpful. Emma's thinking everything from career criminal to "Universal Exports", not that John's ever heard of James Bond before...
Finally, it all makes sense, and they finally decide to explain things to her. She takes it remarkably well, all things considered. Ever seen the Four Winds play mahjongh? You're about to! And trust me, it's not pretty. Funny, but not pretty. Follow Emma's journey through a world where Gods and Demons are very, very real. Where Demon Princes want the Gods dead and Demon Kings call themselves George!
This series is so very, very awesome! It is impossible to put down, but why would you want to with so much stuff going on? There is some truly brillian dialogue going on, and some great conversations are had, Emma's friend Lousie is a total scream, and their tradition lunchtime competition is something you can't miss. Another brilliant supporting character is Bai Hu, the White Tiger of the West. He is promiscuous and loud and annoying, and you have to love him for it. Especially when he offers John nearly 100 horses in exchange for Emma, and Emma tells John to take him up on the offer!
Read this series and you will never stop laughing, and you will never look back. And you will never, NEVER, find anything better than this! Kylie Chan has everything in her books, from prissy dragon princess to sentinent rocks, and who doesn't love a sentinent rock? But best of all, Kylie forces you to ask yourself that age old question... What the hell is she?
With The Dark Heavens now complete, Kylie is now working on continuing Emma's story in Journey to Wudang, with the first book Earth to Hell set for release early next year. Simutaneously, she is also working on a Dark Heavens side story called Small Shen, set before Emma's arrival in the Chen house, focusing around Gold, one of John Chen's most trusted servants. This is also to be released early next year.
The Dark Heavens trilogy, seperately titled White Tiger, Red Phoenix and Blue Dragon, are now avaliable at your local book stores, and you're missing out if you don't rush out and get them. I myself can't wait for Earth to Hell, 2010 has never seemed so far away!
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Jaimi Hooper (White_Tigress)
May 2, 2009
Oct 2, 2013 06:50 AM UTC
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