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The Secrets of Jin-shei de Alma Alexander

The Secrets of Jin-shei (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Alma Alexander

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A sweeping epic set in medieval China; it is the story of a group of women, the Jin-Shei sisterhood, who form a uniquely powerful circle that transcends class and social custom.
Título:The Secrets of Jin-shei
Autores:Alma Alexander
Coleções:Sua biblioteca, Nook

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The Secrets of Jin-shei de Alma Alexander (2004)


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Strong start but last quarter of the book started to feel rushed and incomplete. Liked the well described Japanese culture. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
In the author's own words, "I consider myself primarily a fantasy writer and Jin-shei a historical fantasy, but the publisher believes the book has enough mainstream appeal to ‘cross over.'" So this book has been marketed to readers of mainstream Asian-themed fiction. However, from my perspective, the book is very definitely within the fantasy genre – although strongly based on Chinese culture and mythology, the land of Syai is not actually China, not to mention that magic and black sorcery feature strongly in the plot.
The story deals with a group of women who swear the oath of "jin-shei" or sisterhood, to each other. Their reasons for creating this bond vary – from friendship to practicality, to more mercenary motivations. Each woman, as she grows older, becomes an exceptional person – an Empress, a healer, a warrior, a religious teacher, a political rebel, an alchemist/sorceress, etc. Often, in stories with this sort of ‘ensemble cast' I find it an effort to keep track of who's who in the group, but I had no such troubles here – the characters were each very individual and memorable. Their oaths bind them together, even as they go their separate ways in life – but plagued by class/social differences and political meddling- especially that of a highly-placed sorcerer – these women are not fated to end up as friendly old women chatting together in a happy group...
I enjoyed this book, but after reading it, I was surprised that it's being marketed as a book about "meaning of friendship and loyalty" – I'm not sure if it was the author's intention, but the message I took away from this story is that it's always a bad idea to make decisions based on an oath, rather than on one's own better judgement. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book was ok... there were a lot of primary characters introduced in a short amount of time and we didn't really get to know half of them as much as I would have liked. Whenever, the scene changes and another primary character comes along, I had to pause and think back to who she is and her tie to the story.

I liked the idea of Jin-Shei, a sisterhood that puts loyalty and love between sisters above all. Throughout the book, you can see the sisters are repeatedly put to the test due to the bonds of jin-shei. Unfortunately, some sisters became as casualty of the sisterhood due to Liudan's rash demands

I didn't like the whole sorcery thing. The story should have gone a different route. Before the whole sorcery thing, it showed promise not only from a cultural stand point but also friendship stand point. Maybe a little too much fantasy in this book. We are introduced to an interestingly female dominant society, where it is the females that rule, although they do take on a co-ruler (their husbands) and females that inherit the throne. Rich with cultural traditions (which may not be entirely true but still it seemed plausible), the sisters seem to have it all (a bright future, a deep sisterly bond, shared history, thirst for knowledge, etc).

The time jump was a little annoying, because just when it got to an interesting point, we are jumped a year or more down the road to another scene. There were definitely some missed opportunities here and there with the story. And the ending....while it is not a happily ever after or glittering ending, it was an interesting ending that only gave us brief glimpses as to what happened to the remaining characters.

Overall, it was an ok read. I did like the emphasis on sisterhood, loyalty and respect though. ( )
  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
The Secrets of Jin-shei explores the bonds formed between chosen sisters of very diverse backgrounds. These bonds will follow each girl throughout their lives and have consequences none of them could have imagined. Filled with drama, political intrigue and mysticism, it will not disappoint. ( )
  poetreegirl | Jan 15, 2013 |
Un libro un po’ furbino : la sorellanza, il patto indissolubile fra donne diversissime, il valore dell’ amicizia che e’ piu’ forte di tutto e un po’ di esotismo che non guasta mai. E’ comunque scritto bene ed,alla fine, ti fa venire voglia di chiamare le tue amiche. Sconsigliato ai signori . ( )
  mara4m | Jun 8, 2011 |
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