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Review- White Tiger by Kylie Chan

Title: White Tiger (Dark Heavens Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy

Author: Kylie Chan

Publisher: Harper Collins, 2006

Source: Free from Amazon Vine Program for review

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from the back of the book: 

Action, Intrigue, Demons and Dragons

Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman.  She understands that Simone may be the target for kidnappers but 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 domain.

When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realize that Emma herself is more than she seems.


 This is a lo-o-ong book, 546 pages.  When I requested it from the Vine program I had no idea or I might have had second thoughts.  I am so very glad that I got this book to read.  I like nothing better than being introduced to a subject of which I had no prior knowledge; the mythology of the Chinese gods.

Kylie Chan weaves an interesting story around humans Emma and Leo and celestial gods in human form; throwing in danger and action with underworld demons.  Emma, our heroine goes from nanny to invincible force-to-be-reckoned-with.  Leo, the bodyguard of the Dark Lord and his child, is friend and confidant to Emma.  The Dark Lord himself, John Chen, is the god of martial arts and of the water, whose non-human form is the turtle.  There are blossoming romance and frustrating situations along with true love.  The action is fast, scary, violent and often bloody.

The author offers a glossary and information about the mythology in the back of the book.  Both were fascinating and a welcome addition to the novel.

I have only a couple of negative comments.  I am curious why this book was titled White Tiger?  The White Tiger was a secondary character but the book was about the Black Turtle.  I also thought the repeated device of making the heroine wait for answers to what were ultimately important questions, rather annoying.  Neither of these negatives should keep one from reading this fascinating novel.

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