• Thorn of the Night Blossoms

  • Children of the Black Lotus
  • By: JC Kang
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Thorn of the Night Blossoms

By: JC Kang
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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If Memoirs of a Geisha had ninjas....

In the legendary Floating World, wars are waged with wit, the strongest soldier can be bound with threads of silk, and flesh is the currency by which life, death, and freedom can all be purchased. 

Half-elf Jie doesn’t mind her temporary assignment as a Night Blossom in the most sought-after house. It’s perfect cover for her real work as an assassin in the emperor’s service, and keeps her close to one who matters most. Her life belongs to her clan, but her heart lies with clan junior, Lilian. 

Lilian’s talents trade stealth for sensuality, poison for poetry. With looks as sharp as any blade, she can coax information from any man, and still leave him paying for the pleasure. She’s enthralled many a noble, none more important than the warlord who can calm a brewing insurrection. Only her sweet whispers can secure his obedience to the throne. 

But now, his increasing abuse has Jie seeking a new assignment for Lilian - even if it means their separation. When killers target clan sisters, and the seeds of rebellion find fertile soil in the Floating World, Jie must choose between loyalty and love.

©2019 Dragonstone Press, LLC (P)2019 Dragonstone Press

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fast paced

took me a minute to catch up on what the heck was going on. I can't say I connect with the characters, but the plot is interesting. I am not sure if I am a fan of the writing style. It's not bad, details, a little bit of who's who introduction to each character, world building, but it's lacking feeling. More this is so and so, this is what they do, and action.

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Thorn of the Night Blossoms

Thorn of the Night Blossoms: Children of the Black Lotus

Epilogue Thorn of the Night Blossoms: Children of the Black Lotus

It started out slow
but half way through picked up
It is interesting so far

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Beautiful prose and well-written tale

Kang paints a beautiful picture. Though the content is borderline... Kang finds a way of making it so beautiful. I’ve said beautiful a lot, but it’s the word that comes to mind.

This is short, but very worth it. Naudus performed it with elegance and grace.

Snag it and thank me later.

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background

this listen gives some background into Jie past. Worth listening and/or reading to get more insight into Jie's life.

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Courtesans, duplicity, spies, and deadly assassins

Jie was my favourite character from the authors other series, “The Dragon Songs Saga” and this story has further cemented her place. I loved how the descriptions and characters draw you in from the beginning and how it shows a different, yet related, world to the stories in the prior series. This book tells of Jie’s younger years, her place in the ninja-like Black Lotus Clan and her apprenticeship as a courtesan in the Floating World (which is fascinating in itself). The author creates an intriguing, beautifully rich world of courtesans, duplicity, spies, and deadly assassins. The narrator does an excellent job of making you feel the emotions in this story and makes the characters easily recognisable by voice. It is a captivating read full of action, surprises, intrigue, betrayal and friendship. The author brings the Floating World to life, showing both the beauty and the depravity, the rivalry, and the bonds. I love how Jie’s youth and naivety shows in this story, while still keeping sight of the older, more mature Jie we know from the other series. You can also see how Jie’s time in the Floating World helped shape her in the future. My heart ached for both Lilian and Jie and the consequences of the decisions they both made. This is a great story with heart wrenching moments, thrilling fights, surprising twists and characters that have depth. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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A Fantastic Surprise

This is not the genre I usually enjoy, however I have read other books by the author and wanted to give it a shot. Girls are trained as courtesans and assassins. The cover of being a courtesan allows the girls to learn deadly secrets. Set in a courtesan house, there are a lot of scenes and settings that should be uncomfortable and yet are written well for the type of story this is.

Jie is different than the rest of the girls in the story. She is half-elf. She is twenty and still a virgin. She is also confident in her own abilities and generally to impatient and mistrusting to ask for help. Her closest confidante is her courtesan sister Lilian who she might also be in love with. When Jie is caught in an ambush, it is Lilian who comes to her aid. Lilian has always been there for her.

Not knowing who the target of the ambush was, Jie begins spying on different factions in the Floating World, trying to determine the culprit and the intended victim. Is she the target? Is it Lilian? Is it the whole house that is at risk?

With lots of action and suspense, betrayals and surprises, this was a great story. I look forward to the rest of the series. Also, the narrator was fantastic. I haven't heard Natalie read before and hope I will again soon.

Content warning: violence, sexual situations, rape. None of these are explicit, but there is some detail and if you're sensitive to them, this isn't the book for you.

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author and have reviewed it willingly.

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Really enjoyed this.

Jie is well created character with faults one can relate to. However, being half elf and an assassin in the floating world make her unique and of course her prized possession a hot commodity. Bring in Lilian, another one of her clan members and you get taken through a loop on the outcome of the story. Who is an ally and who is the enemy? Jie must learn the truth. I can't wait to read/listen to the next book.

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What Lies Beneath the Surface

Jump right into this beautifully rich and intriguing world of deadly courtesans and assassins. For a short work, JC Kang deftly creates a real depth of the characters jumps out and is perfectly shaped with Natalie Naudis' narration. You can feel the need to fit in and break out of the restrictive barriers of the society as a whole while understanding why traditions exist.

Sharpen your blades and your wits during this romp through the palace intrigue.

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