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Yi, a retired soldier, has lost everything he loves -- his wife, his daughter, and his home. He seeks refuge from his heartache by plunging into a secret mission for the World Emperor.

The assignment takes him to the doorstep of a brothel, where he witnesses the madam beating a young girl. Drawn by the child's striking resemblance to his lost daughter, Yi rushes to her defense and negotiates for her purchase - after all, how hard can it be to care for one little girl? But between the child's inquisitive nature and the dangerous secret she carries, he gets more than he bargained for.

©2013 Camille Picott (P)2013 Camille Picott

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When I finished this book I was left craving more

First thoughts about the cover of The Warrior and The Flower? This kinda looks like traditional Japanese art. What type of lion, dragon, horse thing are they riding on? That guy dwarfs that female. Is it a little girl? Or is he just really big? I like the colors. Very bright, very alive.

This story has two main characters. One is Yi and the other is Tulip. Yi is in his thirties and Tulip is eight. Tulip is a very inquisitive, bright, brave little girl. Yi is a warrior. Yi adopts Tulip and becomes her Papa. He’s very sweet to her, very kind. He’s also protective and you can tell he greatly loves her. My favorites scene between father and daughter was when Tulip fixed his hair in a coiled braid. It was the type of hair style a prostitute would wear.

I love the Kilyn (Probably spelling that wrong…). They are these lovely beasts that have scales, a forked tongue, and they crave lightening. It tickled me that they have antlers and come in many very vibrant colors. I’d love to have one. They remind me of a mix between a horse, an a deer, and a dragon. Beautiful creatures.

In this story there are many Gods that people pray to. Kyfue is the Buddha like God who is the God of Luck. There are dragons in other worlds that step thru to Yi and Tulip’s with the help of rituals. These rituals are a very strong mix of Japanese traditional ceremonies.

The narrator is Al Kessel. His voice is low, light, and soothing. I got a kick out of how he spoke Tulip’s voice. I very much like his voice. The author is Camille Picott. This book is 7 hours and 35 minutes long. I greatly enjoyed this book. I will be getting every book to this series as they come out!

When I finished this book I was left craving more. It reminds one that family is important. You need family and they need you. It does not matter if your family is blood. Family of the heart can be just as strong.

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The warrior and the flower

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I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. I love fantasy as always. My favorite books ever are from the fantasy genre, so I was definitely excited about the aspect of the book and I am excited to say it definitely delivered.

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  • Bryan
  • Harrisburg, PA, United States
  • 02-20-14

Engaging Asian Adventure/Fantasy

Where does The Warrior & The Flower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed listening to this a lot. The story was engaging and well worth listening to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tulip. So full of innocent energy. Delightfully sweet and naive.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the interactions between Master Yi and Tulip.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

While narrator of the story does sometimes have issues with the narration cadence, I thoroughly enjoyed the character voices. They were believable and well portrayed. I had no trouble following the characters and there were many.

I look forward to book 2!

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Warriors and Flowers are just the beginning!

Would you listen to The Warrior & The Flower again? Why?

Yes I would, I loved the book and the characters! The author was able to bring everything to life with the wonderful and beautiful details. I loved the House of Flowers and how everyone was named after flowers, Tulip and Peony were great :) I loved the Oriental references and the paranormal elements that were both part of the story. Yi was an awesome character and it was heartbreaking to see what he goes through in the book. But his relationship with the Madame is great after seeing how much she is like his daughter that was murdered.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Yi the main character was absolutely my favorite. The warrior in him was very clear and yet there is also that other side that loves and can be sweet and caring. You can clearly see how much his family meant to him, especially when he takes responsibility for the girl.

Which character – as performed by Al Kessel – was your favorite?

Peony was my favorite :) I LOVED the way she was portrayed in the audiobook and she was so funny and smart yet innocent at the same time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When a Warrior is pushed too far, only a Flower can bring him back from the edge.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this book and think the author did a fantastic job of portraying the characters and bringing the story to life for the reader :) And Al Kessel did an awesome job with his voice inflections for each character. It made me laugh, made me cry and had me on the edge of my seat many times! That is exactly what a good book should be :) Definitely recommend it!

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Loved the Characters & Adventure. Great Narrator!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.The audio version is fantastic. The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters and the action to life. I was able to envision each detail as he read and on many occasions found myself laughing, wiping away a few tears, and cringing at some of the battles as I listened to this great story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are fantastic. I loved that they were so easy to get to know and I also enjoyed the adventure and the magical elements of the story.

Have you listened to any of Al Kessel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. This is my first time listening to this narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a lot of scenes that stand out in my memory but the one that earned me a few stares from the people next to me on the treadmill was the scene in which Tulip was fixing Yi’s hair while he recovered from his injuries. I couldn’t stop laughing when the emperor commented on his elaborate coif.