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Dark Blossom is a beautifully written and thoroughly researched fictional piece I enjoyed the strong emotional narratives between characters making reading never a dull moment In addition, the subtle interjections between flashbacks and present times give the reader a feel of being in the know of secrets not apparent to other characters.This was a fun novel which I can relate to since my parents had tried to the extremes integrating Chinese culture into my childhood The gods and goddesses of lore mentioned in the novel were familiar ones Stoia indulged the reader into the beliefs of the supernatural which was an integral part of Asian culture Consequences in any way good or bad are believed to be direct results from divine intervention to mortal behavior and or actions The novel also depicts the end of the Tang Dynasty in historically accurate details including the Red Light District of those times and the Palace which made reading the novelrealistic and appealing Dark Blossom is an easy to read piece steeped in ancient Chinese culture Pick this novel up and give it a try Stoia s evident knowledge and research of the era brings a vibrant and realistic depiction of Tang Dynasty China that will leave you in awe. I ma Greek and Celtic mythology type of girl, so I found it fascinating to delve into the gods and deities of ancient China Learning about the minor gods and what they would and would not do to save their people was intriguing That said, this book is chiefly about the crumbling of an empire and the lengths a mother will go to to save her children Ava s life is nothing short of awful A pleasure slave, she exists at the whims of the house madam She has little to no freedom and she s learned to fade into the background and let the world happen around her Taken from her homeland as a child, Ava doesn t believe in the Chinese gods, so when she suddenly comes face to face with one her world is upended.But a mother s got to do what a mother s got to do Despite her disbelief, she hikes up her big girl panties and tried to save China from an emperor who is littlethan a petulant child.As intriguing as Ava s story is, I really enjoyed seeing through the eyes of some of the other gods The tragedy that drove Zhong Kui to become the hunter god was both fascinating and repellant What was done to him was heartbreaking That he chose to defend his country and people against demons despite that made him a tragic hero.Once again, Vincent Stoia offers us a dark look at ancient China and it was one I couldn t look away from Kelly Reading the Paranormal Dark Blossom was a joy to read I was interested in what was going to happen to the main characters from the start It was an unpredictable and exciting story Vincent Stoia s second novel is a captivating tale of intrigue, power, and desperation in ancient China.In the first half of the book, there were some moments of pure horror There were scary ghosts that can do some damage, especially if they are bent on revenge, but in the latter half the story settles into an exploration of Chinese mythology and a wild trip through the underworld All the common religious beliefs and superstitions came to life as we get to explore the hidden realms of the gods.If you are familiar with ancient Chinese lore, then you should enjoy reading about the old legends in such explicit detail If you are not familiar with Far Eastern culture, then this is a good introduction We get to see the Chinese emperor and his mandate of heaven We explore the practice of offering food to the gods and ancestors, which is still very much the norm of religious life in modern China We get to see all of these practices from the perspective of a myriad of gods, ghosts, and ghouls.I like the fact that it is a tale told from the viewpoint of the common person The title character is a woman trapped into a life of prostitution So many stories are about kings, queens, and rich people I often wonder what the regular people went through while the royalty were living the high life There is a backdrop to the novel of the injustices that ordinary people had to endure, although the book was far from being preachy It makes you think.Dark Blossom is a novel that is hard to put down once you begin to read The author has a gift for telling riveting and complex stories I m ready for the next one. In Dark Blossom, author Vincent Stoia succeeds where twelve years of Catholic School theology classes failed By which I mean Stoia made me interested in religion Avagul Radir is a sex slave, only back in the day they called them courtesans, which doesn t sound as bad but totally still is Ava is from India and doesn t believe in the Chinese religion That is, until the gods call on her, the first being Jigong, a deity who prances around looking like a homeless alcoholic Jigong, who reminds me of a number of guys I ve met behind the dumpsters at 7 11, manipulates Ava into what else saving the Chinese kingdom from its own incompetent emperor Normally Ava wouldn t give a damn about the empire, but it so happens that her children who she s barely met, having given them to a friend when they were just tykes are in the crosshairs of Liu, eventual captain of the guards in China s capital Ava runs afoul of Liu when she tries to escape the whorehouse Liu, humiliated when Ava gives him a bit of an ass kicking, decides that he not only wants Ava put to death, but her rugrats as well Liu is awesome as the primary antagonist, the kind of sniveling, multiple chinned, bootlicking, ladder climbing scumshit whose ego and thin skin stem from his privileged upbringing.In the background, the Tang dynasty is crumbling The emperor is an ironfisted douche surrounded by yes men, including Liu Rebels make war on the kingdom Now here comes Ava, charged with a heavenly mission And that s where Dark Blossom rocks out We meet a cavalcade of Chinese afterlife spooks There s Zhong Kui, former medical student turned zombified demon hunter There are the guardians of the afterlife, Ox Head and Horse Face though I kept picturing Beebop and Rocksteady from the Ninja Turtles And those are just a few.Stoia weaves these ghosts, gods and monsters into the story without any of them feeling shoehorned, yet all these figures are taken from Chinese religious mythology Well after I finished the novel I found myself falling down the Wikipedia hole to find outabout them The novel isn t perfect I thought it was strange that Liu and the emperor cared that much about executing Ava s children who never felt like fully realized characters to me , especially in the midst ofpressing concerns Come on, Mr Emperor, the rebels are crashing against your gates and you re concerned about offing a couple of kids No wonder your kingdom turned into such a turd The emperor, as a character, also disappointed me I d like to find out why the emperor s such a dick, perhaps get inside his head a little Instead he s just a cardboard cut out tyrant and his character suffers because of it But as a whole, Dark Blossom is another solid piece of work to come out of Samhain Publishing, who rarely disappoints. `E-PUB ↙ Dark Blossom ⇦ A Mortal Woman In The Realm Of The Gods China,AD The Middle Kingdom Is In Turmoil Droughts And Rebellions Plague The Country The Last Days Of The Tang Dynasty Are Rapidly Approaching Avagul Radir Cares Nothing About China She Is A Foreigner Only Two People Matter To Avagul Her Son And Daughter But Now The Chaos Is Threatening Them In Her Darkest Hour, Avagul Is Visited By A Strange Old Man Who Claims To Be Jigong, The Beggar God Jigong Offers Avagul A Deal If She Saves China, He Will Save Her Children Avagul Must Travel Through A Mysterious And Frightening World Of Gods And Magic If She Survives, She Will Face Her Ultimate Challenge, The Most Terrifying Deity Of All Zhong Kui, The Hunter God