This week's tour is an Urban Fantasy THE GLINT OF THE LUOPAN by Sally Feng hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Thank you for including me on your tour! Be sure to check out my review below and sign up for the giveaway!
The Glint of the Luopan Sally Feng Genre: Urban Fantasy Publisher: CinnamonBooks Date of Publication: 11.11.2022 ISBN: 978-3000739385 ASIN: B0BKY2KQ15 Number of pages: 292 Word Count: 65.000 Cover Artist: MiblArt A Daoist journey through New York and Beijing. A secret society. A young woman on a mission to find her dad.
Lai Fang, a Chinese native living in New York, is working to recover her lost memory and find her father. Along the way, she finds herself in the arms of the mysterious Suresh who supports her search in unconventional ways.
Guided by a Luopan, scattered remnants of recollections, technology, and a little magic, Lai Fang desperately clings to what she hopes will be the path to her truth. However, what if the truth lies far beyond the scope of human comprehension? What is the truth to begin with?
The Glint of the Luopan weaves a mesmerizing web of a world that begins as a dream and unfolds in a journey for family, hope, and love.
Now on to my review! I give THE GLINT OF THE LUOPAN ⭐⭐⭐1/2!
This book has wonderful descriptions of New York and Beijing. The author uses a diary for the main character's (Lai Fang') back story in every other chapter, which I thought was smart. On top of that, she also does a wonderful job explaining Chinese expressions and culture within the story. I like how she uses Chinese characters alongside an English translation for these expressions. This helps us non-native speakers understand how complex the Chinese, or Mandarin, language can be and why their parables and proverbs sometimes sound odd in English.
I'm an action-packed gal and like to jump right into the weird, mystical, and secret world immediately when reading these types of books. The author instead began the book on a date with another character, Suresh (who is important to the story), and developed their romantic relationship. While I understand the importance of this I also felt this could have been intermingled with the main character discovering the Luopan and her abilities. This would have satisfied my eagerness to jump into the plot and hero's journey.
Overall, if you like espionage with mystical elements intertwined then you'll enjoy THE GLINT OF THE LUOPAN.
About the Author:
Sally Feng is an expert in Chinese culture and philosophy and loves to spread the
word about these topics. She holds a Master’s degree in Literary Translation and
Sinology. Her interests also include the paranormal and Asian religions.
After completing her first novel translations for different publishers, she published
the Urban Fantasy title “The Glint of the Luopan”. It's set in New York and Beijing
and deals with Chinese magic and philosophy, among other things.
She works as an author, translator, and editor. The Glint of the Luopan is her
5 printed copies of THE GLINT OF LUOPAN