I was going to add these to the earlier Books on Sale post, but there are six of them, and I thought that might be overwhelming. But the two Kylie Chan trilogies are Kindle Daily Deals today at $1.99 each, and they're pretty awesome. You could get one trilogy for about $6, or both for $12.
If you have been looking for books featuring Chinese characters and customs, these might really appeal to you. There's a deep mix of philosophy, mythology, martial arts history and the heroine, who is Australian, is the reader surrogate learning about all of it. Be aware, though, she can be a big ol' Mary Sue. I didn't want you to miss out – either on buying them for yourself or as a gift for someone else! These books are addictive reading, so be warned.
White Tiger is the first book in the Dark Heavens trilogy. I read this book in one long marathon and couldn't stop reading it. It's a mix of paranormal, urban fantasy (set in Hong Kong), and a bit of romance, and was really, really difficult to put down.
I reviewed this book in 2010, and while I gave it a C-, I still recommend it because even with the flaws, the book is still in my memory. I think about the characters and the setting even now, 3+ years later, and I usually don't remember what I was wearing yesterday. It's funny – at the time the heroine drove me bananas, but years later, I don't think about her so much as I think about the world building, the cultural elements I learned, and the other characters.
Note: this is definitely a series, so don't expect every part to be tied up neatly at the end of book 1.
Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman.
She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain.
When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realize that Emma herself is more than she seems . . .
Red Phoenix is book 2, and the description is a bit of a spoiler, so I'm whiting it out.
When Emma Donahoe took the position of nanny to John Chen’s daughter Simone, she never expected to be caring for the child of a Chinese god, and she didn’t expect that demons would want him dead. Nor has moving from nanny to partner in his heavenly realm made Emma’s life any easier.Now a powerful race of demons has been created to hunt her and her family from Hong Kong to Europe. And she and Simone have become targets—pawns to be used in a deadly celestial power play.
Blue Dragon is book 3 in the Dark Heavens trilogy, and is $1.99. I'm also whiting out the description of this one because spoiler.
The forces of Hell are poised to strike . . .
When Emma'’s relatives come to visit her, they are totally freaked out by what they learn . . . Emma’s beloved, John Chen, is a 3,000-year-old Chinese god. Not only that, John is becoming weaker by the day. Demons pursue him relentlessly, hoping to use Emma and his child, Simone, as bargaining tools against him.
Emma battles to defend Simone as John’s energy is drained by the effort of both living in the mortal world and protecting them. While Emma is nagged by doubts about her own nature, she must find the courage to go on . . .
Earth to Hell continues the story of Emma and John, and the cast of characters are the same – and there's more battle, more adventure, and more kicking of ass.
A fabulous story of gods and demons, shapeshifters and martial arts . . .
It is eight years since Xuan Wu, God of the Northern Heavens, living in Hong Kong as wealthy businessman John Chen, was exiled from the mortal realm. Emma Donahoe and Simone, John's daughter, are facing a new series of threats, while their best fighter, Leo, sits in Hell. They must persuade him to come home . . . but, in Hell, nothing is as it appears.
On Earth, Simon Wong, the Demon King's son, is no longer around to trouble them, but his associates have taken over Simon's underworld activities. The otherworldly stones are being targeted and are in danger of their kind being completely destroyed.
It seems that the Demon King is the only one Emma can turn to for help . . .
Hell to Heaven is book 2 of the Journey to Wudang trilogy, but is more like book 5 in the entire series.
The gods and demons of ancient China are alive and kicking . . .
Emma Donahoe teeters on the edge of becoming fully demon, and must make a journey to the Kunlun Mountains in the West, home of the reclusive ancient goddess Nu Wa, in an attempt to regain her humanity. Traveling with Emma is Xuan Wu's daughter, Simone, who is struggling with her growing power and trying to defend herself from the demons who want to destroy her.
And Michael is trying to come to terms with the shock of finding out he might be half demon . . . and a danger to them all.
Heaven to Wudang is the sixth book and…yup. The description is kind of spoilery, I think. I'm not sure – but I don't want the descriptions to ruin the adventure if you want to buy them! There are more in the series coming this spring, too.
The demons that could control stones and elementals have been defeated, but the most powerful of Simon Wong's associates still Yrem
ains to create almost undetectable copies of humans and Shen. This demon allies with Kitty Kwok to prepare a torturous trap for Emma and Simone from which they may never return.
Wudang Mountain is enveloped by dark foreboding as Xuan Wu begins to reappear – sometimes human, sometimes turtle, but always without memory.
Emma and Simone are in a race against time as they try to rescue Xuan Wu … before the demons capture him.