The Girl with No Face

Talos. (Daoshi Chronicles, Bk. 2). Oct. 2019. 360p. ISBN 9781945863097. pap. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781945863127. FANTASY
This urban fantasy set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1898 features a vampire tree, fire-breathing dragons, and other fearsome monsters. Xian Li-lin, the heroine, is a Daoshi (priestess) with a fourth ordination, who has dedicated her life to saving souls, especially those of women treated badly. Her estranged father is a Daoshi of the seventh ordination (the highest level). During the struggle to save two girls’ souls and lives, the unlikely pair come together to fight the seeds of the vampire tree that is making inroads in the San Francisco area, both on Earth and in the parallel spirit world.
VERDICT Fans of urban fantasy, Chinese martial arts, magic, and elements of the supernatural will enjoy this second series installment, which captivates readers from the opening pages. The many characters, both human and animal, may at first confuse those unfamiliar with the first book, but the author introduces and develops each of their personalities skillfully so that there is soon no difficulty. A true page-turner not to be missed.

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