Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Sign of the Qin (Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh 1)--L.G. Bass

What a great book. I hope we don't have to wait long for the next one!

Prince Zong is born on a miraculous night, heir to his Emperor father's throne but is denied his position because of a curious birthmark on his face--the Sign of the Qin (pronounced Ch'in), the mark of the outlaw. Seeing the birthmark enrages his father. Emperor Han blames his wife and banishes her from the Forbidden City. He refuses to acknowledge his son as Prince and Heir, instead plotting to kill the child. But the child is not ordinary, he is a Starlord, a direct descendant of the first Starlord, Emperor Hung Wu, and is prophecied to change the world. He grows miraculously fast, able to walk within a month, and although he cannot speak, he does understand all that happens around him. With his monkey guardian he flees his murderous father and leaves the Forbidden City to learn the ancient art of Kung Fu.

While this is going on, the outlaw brothers White Streak and Black Whirlwind, leaders of the Sign of the Qin, are battling their own demons, there are demons and immortals, good and bad, and they all have a part to play in the upcoming battle.

There's so much in this first novel, so many characters and so much going on, but it's not confusing. I can't wait to find out what happens to the young Starlord and his monkey guardian! There aren't many YA books based on Chinese legends; it's refreshing to see a story that's not Eurocentric. This will definitely be popular, particularly with boys.

Just Finished Reading: Sign of the Qin--L.G. Bass
Reading: Dunno yet
On My Nightstand: Tons

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Anonymous said...

This book was excellent I really hope the 2nd book comes out very very soon. Would you happen to have the official website of this book? if not do you perhaps have a e-mail address for the author. If you hear and news on book 2 PLEASE e-mail me and lemmi know the news.
Thanks so Much,

Goddess Librarian said...

I wish I knew! I've been waiting years for the sequel! I've searched the internet for news and there's never anything. It's very disappointing. If I ever come across anything I'll be sure to put it up here.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking EVERYWHERE...has the second book come out yet?? also is there some sort of author website to look at for more information??

Goddess Librarian said...

Nope, I have not heard anything about a sequel! As far as I've ever been able to find the author doesn't have a website or anything with relevant information.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! I just finish the book haha and have been looking to see if L.G. has a second book and havent found anything :( That book was by far amazing, it truely was! I really hope she plans on writing a second book I have so many unanswered question!

Unknown said...

awww~ the sequel is not out yet.
Im just dying of excitement and waiting for the second book.

Anonymous said...

Is this author even still alive? I read this book back when I was still in high school and I graduated in May of 2006. It can't be that this guy actually released a book that's part of a series but hasn't actually finished the series itself could it? I mean, no self respecting author would release something incomplete would they? I know that sounds harsh but what could keep an author from releasing the next book in a series for 7 years?

Goddess Librarian said...

It really is insane. I would think if the book says "planned trilogy" the trilogy would have been PLANNED. I keep searching the internet, but my own review keeps coming up!

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