ARC Review: The Nine Fold Heaven by Mingmei Yip
Author: Mingmei Yip
Title: The Nine Fold Heaven
Release: June 25, 2013
Series: Skeleton Women #2
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In this mesmerizing new novel, Mingmei Yip draws readers deeper into the exotic world of 1930s Shanghai first explored in Skeleton Women, and into the lives of the unforgettable Camilla, Shadow, and Rainbow Chang.
When Shadow, a gifted, ambitious magician, competed with the beautiful Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying–Lung’s son.
Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. Camilla also has her own secret agenda–she has heard a rumor that her son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals–including the vengeful Rainbow Chang–each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book that I have read by Mingmei Yip. Last year I was lucky enough to receive and advance reader copy of her novel that delved into 1930’s gangster life in Shanghai: Skeleton Women. This year, I was even more excited to receive an advance reader copy of the follow up novel: The Nine Fold Heaven.
In The Nine Fold Heaven we meet up with several characters that we grew to love and hate from the first novel in the series. Once again, Mingmei Yip did not disappoint. She is a true master of fiction and is able to captivate audiences from beginning to end. Everything about this book was impeccable: the characters, the plot, the setting, the evolution of the story and the characters within.
This was a fabulous follow up to Skeleton Women. I highly recommend this book to readers of all genres as it has something for everyone. However, I do recommend that you read Skeleton Women before reading The Nine Fold Heaven, as you will be lost and confused if you do not do so beforehand.