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The Weeping Empress Kindle Edition
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'The Weeping Empress' begins with our protagonist, a normal modern woman called Chiyo wakes up in her pyjamas in the middle of a battle in what appears to be medieval Japan. She soon finds her inner dragon as she picks up a katana and starts to fight. She travels this new alien time and world with her two trainers and companions, Muhjah and Senka and she has to fight for survival in this world and the pain of being ripped away from her family back in the modern world.
This novel is blisteringly unique. It has an original and bad-ass heroine, lots of action, great characters and a cracking pace. The only thing I would like (apart from a sequel) is a bit more description of the world that Chiyo finds herself in. I understand we need to feel her confusion in this alien land but a bit of background to the oppression of her new home would be good. In the sequel perhaps? If you liked 'Kill Bill', martial arts and Japan, then this is definitely worth a download.
Our heroine Chiyo is the main protagonist throughout and we stay with her on her journey of pure anger, destruction and self-discovery as she tries to fight her way through a new and harrowing life that she has been dragged kicking and screaming in to. Throughout the book you see a little more of the old her being repressed and the new warrior inside being released. She is haunted by her old life, but what really unleashes her rage when the book reaches its end is the sheer betrayal and usage on her. It begs the question that do we really know what is in our destiny and do we have a hand in it at all. On reflection, throughout the book, Chiyo's character kind of reminded me a little of Frankenstein's monster, in the way that it became what it had been made to be.
It's strange, but when I read a book the images that it conjures up in my mind are always live action, but when reading this I could only see it in anime. It was almost like watching Kill Bill in my head, where it switches from live action to anime and back again.
In all I would highly recommend this book, it's a truly beautiful read.
The dialogue is realistic, and helps to build characters however the world building is ambiguous at best. This is very much a character and action driven plot so if you are expecting descriptive fantasy this isn't it. There is some useful real world description on history, combat and geography but this is imported rather than created.
Formatting was a mixed bag. The editorial quality was good, and the linking for chapters is handy but a non fiction 'paragraph then space' approach was taken to the text rather than the typical indent that is customary for fiction work. I did like the use of italitcs to give us insight into Chiyo's thoughts, and this is one of the strongest aspects of the story. It's a very intimate approach that gives an exceptionally developed female lead. She is a tad tomboyish in places which I think is a shame as it detracts a little from making the lead a woman in the first place but given the importance of physical conflict to the book I can see why this approach was taken.
In a way it does feel like a description of a comic strip approach. Dialogue and action are emphasised strongly and well executed, and there is no excess verbage here. Every word is used to propel the story onwards giving it good pacing. This was slightly detracted from by the need to refer to the glossary provided at the back for terms like 'srbosjsek'.
Overall, the slightly machiavellian Chiyo is interesting if not sympathetic, and would make a good lead for future installments in a series.
NB: I recieved a free copy of this title for review purposes.
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