August 1, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Girl with the Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
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An interesting story with a character I could empathize with from the start. She is the daughter of a powerful Daoshi exorcist, but she brings shame to her father for her yin eyes that see into the spirit realm and by being a widow. And for a Chinese immigrant family in late 1800s San Fransico, there can be no shame brought to the family name.
When her father is crippled by malevolent forces seeking to destroy him and his power, Li-lin must do what she can to not only save her father, but all of Chinatown from a madman’s power to destroy all that she holds dear. As Li-lin makes her way through the back alleys and sitting rooms of some of Chinatown’s most powerful men, she discovers that no one else will do what is needed to stop what is happening. Or, if they will, it will be behind closed doors and out of sight, where shame cannot touch them. With her peachwood sword, martial arts, her yin eyes, and a small snarky spirit in the shape of a human eyeball to help her, Li-lin does what she can to save her family and Chinatown. Even at the cost of all that she holds dear.
Li-lin was a sympathetic character from the beginning for me. She is already seen as different and not as useful as others because of things she cannot control. She is born with eyes that see into the spirit realm and her husband died. There wasn’t much that she can do about those, so she tries to control what she can. And even when she messes up, she tries to fix it and make it better. Granted, it doesn’t always work, nor does it always get fixed the way that she hoped it would be fixed, she acknowledges that and still tries.
I think what I enjoyed most about this book was that Li-lin tried to do what was right, even though the very things that were required of her to do so were distasteful to her and would have brought shame to her father and their family name. She still did it anyway. I loved that about this character!
What book characters have surprised you with what they did? Why was it surprising? Comment below and let me know!