Mortal Mask by Stephen MarleyDescription: Set in second-century China, this fantasy centres on the conflict between an immortal goddess, Chia and the undead spirit of her evil brother. Chia is deadly in battle, capable of terrible deeds and much feared, but she is also sexy, funny, clever and lonely. Series:
Chia Black DragonVolume:
Random CenturyReader Rating: 9
out of 10 Votes:
Chia truly comes into her own in the magnificent second novel of the series. Wearing gloriously anachronistic modern clothes and shades (of her own devising) she strolls insouciantly through second-century China, dispensing wisdom and wisecracks in equal measure. Mortal Mask is an ingenious reinvention of the classic ghost story, replete with sharp twists and turns of plot, an atmospheric meld of wonder and horror and a profound sense of enfolding mystery, like a waking dream.
Set in a seaside bay populated by drugged Taoist hermits and haunted villagers, Mortal Mask recounts Chia’s investigation into the possible resurrection of her malevolent brother and her eventual entrapment in the multidimensional house that her father built long ago. It is here that she learns of her real origins and the truth behind the mask. This book is a genuine masterpiece.
Also in this series are Shadow Sisters, Spirit Mirror
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