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Publisher's Summary

Four hundred years after The Secrets of Jin-shei, the Syai Empire is on the brink of civil war. A new voice preaching equality promises hope for the downtrodden, but the ensuing people's revolution brings terror, reeducation camps, and death to anyone embracing the old ways. An outsider and a child of two worlds, Amais searches for the magical bond of jin-shei, the women's oath, in her ancestral home of Syai, unaware that her quest will bring her to the very person who may destroy her and her family. And yet, she must face him, or all hope for Syai will be lost.
©2012 Alma Alexander (P)2016 Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 01-19-18

It's a revolution

While this is book 2 in the series I have not read book one and this did not seem to affect my enjoyment of this book so it can be read as a standalone.

This book follow Amais and her life, mostly spend in a version of china while a cultural revolution and the beginnings of communism take place. Amais both fits and does not fit into this world and her story kept me enchanted.

I loved the concept of Jin-Shei, of a sisterhood so strong that you could ask absolutely anything of a sworn sister and it would be done. A bond like this could be both a blessing and a burden, both for the one who asked for something and for the person fulfilling the request.

Through seeking Jin-Shei Amais meets many interesting people and has experiences that most of the women of her generation could not even imagine. Her strength of character is impressive.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I'd give it a sixth star if I could.

The narration is well done, I liked the character voices and the deliveries tone and pace were both good. It did need more careful editing, there are several mistakes that have been left in and the audio repeats itself briefly a few times.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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