Title: Thorn of the Night Blossoms // Author: J.C. Kang
Date of publication: November 13th 2020 by Dragonstone Press // Print length: ebook, 163 pages
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“Blistering action, compelling characters, and a host of clever mysteries.”
—Rob Hayes, SPFBO Winner and Finalist of Where Loyalties Lie and Never Die.
Raised in a clan of imperial spies and assassins, half-elf orphan Jie has only known a love for the blade… until now.
During a deep cover mission, a forbidden affection blossoms with a fellow clan member.
When rebels learn their true identity, and Jie uncovers a plot against the emperor, she must choose between love and duty.
Because when faced with brewing rebellion, your decisions could save an empire…
Or topple it.
Thorn of the Night Blossoms is the start of a complete, six-part series full of intrigue and action. This new edition includes a brand new short story that bridges Parts 1 and 2.
Trigger Warnings: Magically coerced sex (rape), Graphic combat with gore, Sex work (portrayed in a positive light), death
Diversity Tags: author of color (chinese author), poc representation (east asian-coded characters), lgbtqiap+ representation (f/f pairing, pansexual)
Writing Quality 3/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 4/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Diversity 5/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4.66/5
Before I start; I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.
As always, the free copies I receive and the books I request never end tp surprise me, and this book wasn’t an exception. Thorn of the Night Blossoms was such a different book from the ones I read lately, that is was a pleasant thing for a change. I had a few problems, but overall it was a great read!
To break the ice, the world-building and characters were just EXQUISITE. Despite being a short novella, the characters were quite complex and well developed, but you know me, I still want more. As I said earlier, the worldbuilding was enchanting, and that was mainly because of the abundance of details. Even so, they can still overwhelm you, as you can’t keep up with the story if you are tired. This happened to be, and I had to stop the first time I started, as I kept reading, but as soon as I reached the end of the page, I couldn’t remember anything.
The action was grabbing, and it keeps you at the edge of your seat. I found the whole idea of assassin spies that are undercover sex workers to be extremely original, and I just couldn’t get enough. What helped a lot here was the way the sex working and the virginity were portrayed. I liked that the author subtly mocked, the concept of virginity through Jie (the main character). The author showed that Lilian wasn’t comfortable with working in such an industry, but yet, they did not look down on her for doing something like that.
Lastly, the ending will leave you speechless! (consider this a warning) :))
I wish I could tell you more, but the book is so short I can’t go into details without giving any spoilers. To sum everything up, Thron of the Nights Blossoms is worth reading, and you should start it ASAP.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.