Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott [Tour Stop and Giveaway]

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Welcome to my stop on the tour for The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott!
To celebrate Chinese New Year the tour is running Jan. 27th-31st.
(Gotta love how appropriate that is!)

The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott
Genre: adult high fantasy

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.

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Review 

Can I just say this is awesome and leave it at that? No? You want reasons? You want to know why I loved this book? All right, you asked for it.

So I don't read much fantasy. It's not that I don't like it - it's just that I kind of get carried away by other genres that are a bit more, I don't know, accessible? It seems all the popular books are not fantasy.

That should change. At least, in this case.

What I really liked about The Warrior & the Flower was it's subtlety. I mean, yes this book is clearly adult. (Even though I refused to believe it for a better part of the book.) But it just felt so different. I guess it's because it was fantasy? At times, I was a bit confused by the lingo. Some words were totally new to me and the first time I saw kylin - on the first page or so - I was like "Well, she's lost me." But not five pages later and suddenly I know exactly what a kylin is. And I didn't even realize it.

See? Subtlety.

I feel like that's a really good quality with fantasy because it allows you to experience the world without getting too caught up in the specifics. You don't waste time explaining everything straight out. You subtly give the reader knowledge while moving along the plot.

I loved that. One point for Camille Picott.

And I haven't even gotten to the plot yet! Fantasy is a great genre because of the imagination behind the world and the adventure behind the plot. The adventure in this book had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was so much action, and so much drama. By which I mean between the Sky Kingdom and World Kingdom. And between the Emperor and his son. And between the girls at the brothel. And Tulip's crappy childhood. And the way Yi lost everything.

Two points for Camille Picott.

So what about the characters?
The two main characters are Yi and Tulip. I felt for Yi immediately. It practically starts with him losing his family. So I felt for the guy, even though we had just met. While I didn't agree with some of his actions and his anger - it was totally understandable. Which means it's forgivable. Which is always a good sign. As for Tulip, this girl stole my heart right away, too. She's so young and innocent. And it pained me to know she was growing up in a brothel. And she was constantly being beaten by the woman who ran the place.

(By the way: another point for Camille Picott.)

Regarding the fact that it is an adult book...

While it was harsh at times with the violence, the references to brothels and prostitution was rather subtle. Mostly because half the book is told from the little girl's point of view. So it wasn't particularly explicit. And in fact, the implicitness of it had me laughing out loud a bit while I cringed on the inside. Poor girl doesn't even know what kind of place she grew up in. But none of this detracts or distracts from the premise of the book. It is what it is. And it provides the background necessary. And it certainly adds a few laughs when Tulip says some wildly inappropriate things.

It's probably not appropriate to laugh. As cute as it may be, it's still... inappropriate *ahem*

Overall, this was such a worthwhile read. I was a bit scared to read it at first because I was skeptical about the fantasy genre, considering I hadn't read it in a while. But I had no reason to worry. It was beautiful and exciting and I'm so glad I got the chance to review it.


Rating: 5 stars


Recommendation: anybody who likes fantasy, particularly those who haven't read it in a while. This is a great adventure.





About the Author

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.

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Note: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review

-Wolfie

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