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Sep 06, 2020dnk rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and mind blowing fantasy/alternate history of China in the early 20th century that conflates the opium wars and the Japanese invasion. At the center is Fang "Rin" Ronin, a war orphan who wants to escape from the dead-end south via a scholarship to the prestigious military academy. Little does she know she'll be introduced to the world of shamanism -- and vengeance for a long-dead civilization. Worth a read for anyone interested in this period of history as it poses uncomfortable questions about morality in time of war.