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The Dragon and the Lotus (Chimera #1)

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As a child in Kathmandu, Asha was bitten by a dragon and gained the ability to hear the souls of all living things. Years later in India, she uses her strange gift and her training as an herbalist to save people possessed by ghosts, poisoned by legendary beasts, and tortured by the cruel doctors of Ming. And to fight the occasional bear or tiger, of course.

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Published October 11th 2011 by Joseph Robert Lewis
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This book takes us to interesting places, interesting time, and interesting alternative reality. For people sitting at home (I mean the country we leave in) almost all the time, Asia itself is an exotic location. I like to learn about foreign cultures and people. This version of the alternative Asia even more exciting.

The book consists of separate stories about Asha and Priya wandering through the land to heal people. First I was not comfortable with reading the separate stories, they seemed not
Yay!! Another novel in the "Other Earth" series!!! The Dragon and The Lotus follows a slightly different path than the previous Other Earth books. First, instead of the story taking place over a few days, it takes place over years. Second, instead of taking place in and around the more technologically oriented areas, such as Marrakesh, it takes place far to the East. So far away that the railroads haven't even reached yet. However the mysterious sun steal has. But in the land of Ming, and in the ...more
One Pushy Fox
Throw your history book out the window, because Joseph Robert Lewis has rewritten it with fantastical magic and superb prose!

Asha, the kick ass heroine!
In this book we meet the most awesome character, Asha, sort of like Cain from the TV show Kung Fu but only if he were tougher, still in the Orient and a chick! We meet Asha as she wanders through the land, helping those she can, but seemingly directionless in her wanderings. She comes upon a sort of Buddhist nun, asleep in and literally enmeshed
The book consists of adventures of Asha and Priya traveling through foreign lands to heal people. Asha is an herbalist with the ability to hear human souls and Priya is a nun who was in a cave for over 200 years. These women become friends and travel to help people with regular and unnatural ailments.While they are traveling Asha discovers some of the people she helps heal were victims of the doctor who tricked her as a child and allowed her to be bitten by a dragon.He trained her to be a doctor ...more
Jennifer Osterman
The books Lewis has written about Other Earth are engaging and well realized. The characters are vivid and the world-building is solid and believable.

Having read the first two books of the Halcyon series, it was intriguing to visit the far East of Other Earth for another glimpse into this world. While there is action in this story, it is less an action/adventure novel than the books of the Halcyon series. The region of the far East is also much more mystical and magical than the regions of sout
Shay Hardman
***I received this novel in a giveaway on ***

This novel was quite good. The story and characters are fun and enjoyable. Each chapter felt like a short story by itself, giving the novel the feel of multiple series put into one main book. The creativity and imagination that fill the pages were very entertaining.

Mythical creatures like dragons, angered souls that seek out revenge, evil doctors who experiments endanger the lives of their patients, immortals, and two women who jour
N.M. Martinez
I do love this book. It's different from the other books I've read by this author. The pacing is a bit slower, but I really enjoy that. If gives the reader time in this exotic world that is brought to life through wonderful descriptions and interesting characters.

The world presented is one that feels familiar and yet at the same time not. It's more than just being set on the other side of the Earth. Smoothly planted details emerge that tie it into the author's Other Earth Series.

Honestly a very
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An interesting read! This was actually my first book in the Other Earth series so I was a bit lost but it was still a very fun read. The beginning was a bit slow but pacing picked up after a little while. The book has a unique set up so that every chapter has its own story which eventually comes together and becomes one long but amazing adventure. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who like fantasy or adventure stories!
Kristen Walker
Wow, this was one of the most original fantasy novels I've read in a long time. I loved the way that the author blended Hindu, Buddhist, Persian, and other myths with original ideas to create a world full of magic on an epic scale. The steam punk elements were surprising when they showed up later in the book, but they also fit into the whole world created here. Alternate history is also woven into the core of the story for a rich, complex tapestry that's still beautifully done. Makes it look eas ...more
Janice Spina
Chimera: The Dragon and the Lotus is a creative and fascinating tale of a woman, Asha, who is possessed by a dragon and a nun, Priya, who is 200 years old and has lotus blossoms growing out of her head. It all sounds strange and unusual but it goes well beyond this.

Asha is a herbalist trained by Ming doctors after she is bitten by a venomous dragon which leaves a piece of its soul on her ear. Priya, a Buddhist nun, forced out by the monks, flees for her life. Both women meet up under odd circum
Willow Webster
Another great book by this author. He's fast becoming one of my favorites!
Reminded me pleasantly of Mercedes Lackey's Tarma and Kethry stories, my favorites of her huge bibliography. Here we have Asha, an herbalist who does as much mystery-solving and demon-slaying as healing, and Priya, a blind Buddhist nun who serves as companion and spiritual guide throughout their many adventures. Oh, and there's also a mongoose who proves very useful indeed. Impressive world-building and playing with history, the appendix at the end was a nice touch. Would've liked more character ...more
Episodic steampunky novel of an alternative and magical earth still trapped in the ice age. The title characters are women, a blind nun and a healer, who travel West across Asia. An interesting world and the seemingly individual stories are tied together toward the end. Would have been perfect for my young daughters except for the sex scene midway through that still seems oddly out of place.
Nicole Roberts
I haven't ever read anything else from this author before but I probably will now. I really enjoyed how the author took our world from back when and changed just enough to essentially create a whole new world. I really enjoyed the characters and thought this book read as more of a classic fable then a novel. As someone who loves mythologies and fables I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to the next book I read from him.
Willow Webster
Darn good reading. Love his books. Waiting for more. hint hint. lol.
Maria Lawson
My least favorite of all the Other Earth series because it felt like more of a collection of short stories than a novel. Asha is growing on me though so we'll see how the next (and final) book is.
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Joseph Robert Lewis enjoys creating worlds in which history, mythology, and fantasy collide in unpredictable ways. He also likes writing about heroines that his daughters can respect and admire. Joe was born in Annapolis and went to the University of Maryland to study ancient novels, morality plays, and Viking poetry.
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