Spirit Mirror by Stephen MarleyDescription: First of the Chia Black Dragon series, Spirit Mirror is, compared to the other novels, the nearest to a conventional fantasy. That said, this dark fantasy set in Han dynasty China already possesses most of the elements that make up Stephen’s sub-genre which he dubbed ‘Chinese Gothic’. Series:
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Chia, a beautiful woman who possesses an immense lifespan from her non-human father (whom she murdered) is introduced as a lesbian, part-demon, sometime vampire! Even in this early novel, this most unlikely of women comes across as remarkably believable and sympathetic, a tribute to the author’s powers of imagination and empathy. In this tale, Chia is lured by her unhinged and deadly brother into releasing beings from a mirror dimension in his attempt to corrupt the newly-laid roots of Buddhism in China.
Also in this series are Shadow Sisters, Mortal Mask
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