The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Hidden Blade will take you on a journey from the exotic far east, Peking, to the lush countryside in England and lands in between. It is the odyssey of two young people in different countries with parallel lives of heart-ache, adversity, determination and desire for a better future.
Ying-ying learns the disturbing details of who her father was...not only is she illegitimate but the daughter of a foreign devil, an Englishman. What future can she have? An older woman agrees to take Ying-ying under her wing and teach her martial arts in secret. After the tragic death of his father, Leighton is forced to live with his cruel uncle. Leighton dreams and plans for his escape to meet his friend in China...far away from his uncle's tyrannical rule. Will martial arts be the escape Ying-ying needs? Will Leighton get away? Are these two young people destined to cross paths?
Sherry Thomas creates a vivid story with her exquisite attention to detail. She is able to draw the reader into the plight of both Ying-ying and Leighton. What courageous young people! They both perserved... unwilling to give up on a brighter future. I was sucked into this adventure...drawn to the cruel circumstances that surround Ying-ying and Leighton. My heart plummeted and soared as their story unfolded.
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