Thorn of the Night Blossoms: A Legends of Tivara Story (Scions of the Black Lotus #1) by J.C. Kang is a novel about assassins, posting as prostitutes in China, with fantasy elements mixed in. Mr. Kang is a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.
- 177 pages
- ISBN-10 : 171226592X
- Publisher : Independently published
- Language : English
This is a short novella, but with fantastical world-building elements which make it a worthwhile read, as well as the excellent storyline. The story takes many fantastical elements, together with Chinese-like mythology and out of this world martial arts to create a fast moving narrative.
Thorn of the Night Blossoms: A Legends of Tivara Story (Scions of the Black Lotus #1) by J.C. Kang can be finished in one afternoon, and while it is very well written, it is more plot driven than character driven. That being said, one of the more interesting arcs to the story is the relationship between Jie and Lilian.
I was surprised at how well done this novella is. For a short book the character introductions and, as I mentioned, world building are expertly done. We get to know the ladies, how they are trapped in their role and being used by the Black Lotus Clan. We don’t know much about the Clan, but we know enough to give the readers a background of the characters involved. We get to read a bit about their training, but the relationships the characters build feel like they’re deeper than the feelings they have for the organization.
A quick, immersive read with lots of twists and turns. The writing style sucks you in, for a short novella this was much better than I expected.
Jie is a half-elf assassin working in a house of ill repute to gather information for her clan, the Black Lotus. Jie is loyal, stubborn, but her overconfidence seems to be her downfall.
Lilian’s talents are poising, sensuality, and poetry. She can get information out of anyone, and have them thank her for the pleasure. Lilian’s mission is an important warlord, but she is also in the crosshairs, as well as other clan sisters. Together Jie and Lilian must test their loyalties.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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