I know it's been a while, but I've got a book review to do today. This review is for the book Flying Girl and Iron Merchant.
Lu-Mao is a girl living with her family until one day they're taken from her by powerful men. Enraged, Lu-Mao develops the opinion that all aristocrats are evil and dedicates her life to fighting them. While living as a bandit she comes into the possession of a feather that grants her the ability to fly. With her new power she sets out to rescue her family and punish those of high estate. Along the way, Lu-Mao is given a message to seek the one called the Iron Merchant. Captain Liang is a well-to-do merchant who has earned the enmity of several pirates. When their paths cross the two have to work together to stop a coup that could destroy an entire nation.
It was very interesting to read a story that takes place in China. I haven't come across a lot of books like that, but it appears that Joseph R. Ravitts has done great research in recreating the ancient culture of the Middle Kingdom. Not only does he discuss honor in his novel, but he manages to cover and describe the various kung fu moves that some of the characters practice. It's like the reader is there, experiencing the rich culture of China. In addition there are some great morals that the characters have to learn, such as forgiveness and not judging others. Lu-Mao in some ways acts like Robin Hood in stealing from the rich, but Ravitts also shows that such a philosophy isn't always good, and by taking revenge like that people were indirectly hurt by the actions. If you want a fun story with magic powers or to experience an adventure in the orient then be sure to read this book.
Characters are in peril. Lives are threatened. A woman is shot in the leg. A man falls to his death.
Save judgement for the Lord. If we want to experience true peace we must forgive those who have wronged us. Pride will be the undoing of men. Do not harden your heart; allow people in.