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Earth to Hell (Journey to Wudang #1)

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It is eight years since Xuan Wu, God of the Northern Heavens, living in Hong Kong as wealthy businessman John Chen, was exiled from the mortal realm. Emma and Simone, John′s daughter, are facing a new series of threats, while their best fighter, Leo, sits in Hell. They must persuade him to come home ... but, in Hell, nothing is as it appears.

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Kindle Edition, 624 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Harper/Voyager (first published January 1st 2010)
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Celia
Jan 04, 2010 Celia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was fairly dreadful. The previous books in this series were a bit of a guilty pleasure - Emma, an Australian nanny, falls in love with her boss John, who is actually a Shen (a Chinese god, to dumb things down a little). He teaches her martial arts, she's amazingly brilliant at it, everyone adores her - it's silly and fun.

In this book, John has died (but not really, because he's immortal - he will be back, at some point), and Emma has been left in charge. She's amazingly powerful and respect
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Wulfae
Jan 16, 2013 Wulfae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't create suspense for a reader to want one answer for multiple books... It creates annoyance. I would like to know what Emma is, just because... You know what? I don't even know why. I'll wind up reading the next two, because they are in my library ebook collection.

The writing suffers from the characters never planning *anything* in advance. There are jarring breaks between scenes and situations, some of which left me scratching my head. There are characters who are just thrown in ther
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Daniel Brandon
This is the first book in the Journey to Wudang trilogy, by the "Bestselling Author of White Tiger." Unfortunately, nowhere on or in the book does it mention that this is actually a followup trilogy, to the trilogy of which White Tiger is the first book. Bad marketing, bad! No biscotti.

So it drops you right in amongst a largish cast of characters that it assumed I already knew, eight years after a series of monumental events I wasn't familiar with. This made getting into it somewhat difficult.

On
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Madison
Oct 06, 2013 Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Reread 1- 29/9/16
Jeffrey
Apr 03, 2012 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read the Dark Heaven Trilogy
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Kylie Chan doesn't give you time to dip your toe in the pool before she throws you in the deep end in her follow-up to the Dark Heavens series. Things move quickly, introductions are only for the completely new characters, and references to the previous work are so oblique as to leave a new reader clueless and experienced ones uncertain.

Ultimately though, Chan's strong characterization and changed dynamic, this book takes place eight years after the end of the previous series, make it a highly e
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Solomon Wreath
Jun 10, 2012 Solomon Wreath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
1. Demon Prince 6 was amazing, perhaps a little too amazing...
2. Emma Donohoe does NOT GIVE UP.
3. Simone is growing up :)
4. Leo finally does something right.
5. THE ENDING
6. What a horrible wedding
7. The new characters have depth and attitude... not dissappointing.
8. One of the best mythologically based novels I have ever read
9. Chan gave these legendary mythological creatures attitude!
Fiona Burgess
Jan 27, 2013 Fiona Burgess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I found a little hard to get into at the start, I think because it came from a different angel, however it got better as I got further into it. I missed John but enjoyed watch Emma come to terms with what John had given her and seeing Simone grow up into the lethal protective member of the celestial heavens
Bridget
I really would like to give this whole series 4.5 but not quite to 5. Great inventive and amazingly creative plot with amazing view into the Hong Kong and Chinese spiritual beliefs - as all these mythical creatures are real in this world. Emma - just an ordinary Australian girl in the beginning - is now the regent and betrothed of one of the most powerful gods in this pantheon - the Dark God Xuan Whu (or commonly known as John Chen). He has a human (half) daughter whose mother has been murdered, ...more
Csw
Jun 09, 2017 Csw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speeding ahead 8 years, we pick up the stories of Simone, Emma, Leo, et al. Much has changed, but everything I love about these books hasn't :)
Robin
Jan 07, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like: Chinese Mythology or Mythology in general, Urban Fantasy, Martial Arts, Paranormal
This review is pasted for all of the following:
White Tiger (Dark Heavens, #1) by Kylie ChanRed Phoenix (Dark Heavens, #2) by Kylie ChanBlue Dragon (Dark Heavens, #3) by Kylie ChanEarth to Hell (Journey to Wudang, #1) by Kylie ChanHell to Heaven (Journey to Wudang #2) by Kylie ChanHeaven to Wudang (Journey to Wudang #3) by Kylie Chan


4 1/2 STARS

Reasons I bloody LOVE! Kylie Chan's "Dark Heavens" & "Journey to Wudang" (& soon to be "Celestial Battle") trilogies. . .

#1. You do not need to read the "Dark Heavens" trilogy before reading the "Journey to Wudang" trilogy. It wouldn't hurt, because you'll want to know what happened, but essentially, you can just jump right in at book 4 of the complete series or book 1 of "Journey to Wudang".

#2. These books are written with a lo
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Jessica
Oct 15, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this the whole book series. This book though I disliked some parts, but I'm glad it had a good ending at the end.
Jaslyn
This book picks up eight years after the Dark Heavens series ended. Emma and Simone are older and are skilled fighters, Simone being one of the most deadly fighters. Emma and Simone are trying to get Leo back...still...after eight years. They are granted passage to Hell to retrieve him but find that nothing is as it seems and Demon King's son Number Six has been meddling with Leo, demons, stones, you name it. Will they be able to save Leo from Six's clutches?

What I really liked about the last se
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Vannessa
I got this book from Netgalley as it sounded quite intriguing, but to be honest I didn't have a clue what was going on with characters for most of this book. Now having read the reviews, it is clearly obvious that I should have read the first series starring these characters as there was so much background info that I didn't have about them. Events that had previously happened in the other series were frequently referred to, but without having read them I didn't know what had gone on. As a first ...more
Aparajitabasu
A good book but not in my league....thus I couldn't follow it one bit.....but presenting my views of Journey to Wudang #1 Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan.

Here is the summary of the book:

It is eight years since Xuan Wu, God of the Northern Heavens, living in Hong Kong as wealthy businessman John Chen, was exiled from the mortal realm. Emma and John's daughter, Simone, are facing a new series of threats. Leo, their best fighter, is sitting in Hell, but when they journey below to persuade him home, n
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Dianne
Jun 27, 2012 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs

Earth to Hell: Journey to Wudang: Book One by Kylie Chan


If you liked the first trilogy, this one is in much the same vein. If you're an urban fantasy fan but haven't read the first trilogy I recommend you go back and do that before reading this one.
I really must tell you that it is going to bed impossible to read this book if you have not read the first three books. In fact, I would strongly suggest a re-read to brush up on stuff. I haven’t read the series in about a year and even I was at sea
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Jenny Delandro
I can not wait to get my hands on the next book!

This book was great and it flowed nicely allowing you to see bitas of the main story and fringe stories as well.

Leo is finally rescued from Hell.... demons had kidnapped him and made copies and the real Leo was what they thought was a copy (number 4) and he had a stone implanted in his neck which was making him do evil things... but Emma worked in out.
Martin is back and Simone finds out that MArtin made a deal witht he demon king to keep simone sa
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Ambre
Mar 30, 2012 Ambre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. I was really looking forward to this book, having enjoyed the other 3 so much, but honestly I think they cut corners on editing or something.

First of all, I honestly can't figure out what the main plot line was. There was just so much going on, all at once sometimes. There was no one thread to hang on to that the others wove through, it was a hot mess of subplots fighting for domination. I guess the Leo subplot won, but it didn't dominate most of the book.

Second, since th
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Robert
Apr 12, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a continuation of the author's previous trilogy, containing White Tiger, Red Phoenix and Blue Dragon, I am pleased to admit that there is an ongoing improvement in the author's style, ever since the very first book.
In this instalment, the characters are much more developed, especially Simone.
The plot is still interesting, partly due to the Chinese mythology and also there is the occasional new character introduced now and then.
On a slightly negative note, with maturity and the ability of
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NJ
Jun 17, 2015 NJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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c a t h e y
One of my friends -- who has excellent taste in books, might I add -- recommended White Tiger to me. I didn't think it was as amazing as everyone else thought it was, but it was a very different sort of book and I persisted with the series. There were some genuine great plot points of the first series that outweighed the bad aspects (the writing; how everyone loves Emma's toughness and wittiness blah blah blah; the way that Simone "shouts" everything etc).

This is the first book in the second s
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Michael Liou
Sep 15, 2015 Michael Liou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up in an airport bookstore in Houston. It was so bad that I gave up about halfway through (maybe the 3rd time in my life), and I wanted to fly back to the Houston airport and return it.

The story's main character is clearly one of those projected "ideal versions" of the author. A female, middle aged, white expat who moves to Hong Kong and is not only the greatest martial artist ever born, is badass and cool and can overcome any cultural or physical challenge.

The book is advert
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Katrina
Apr 06, 2012 Katrina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I wish we could give half stars - this was really a 2.5 star book for me. After reading the initial trilogy, I'm curious enough to see where it goes that I'll read the rest; that said, they're not on my high priority list.

The mythology is interesting, and Kylie Chan's knowledge of Chinese culture blends into the story pretty seamlessly. That said, the main character (Emma) is such a Mary Sue that she can be hard to read. Emma can do no wrong, make no bad decision, and is universally adored. Any
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Hershel Shipman
Feb 09, 2013 Hershel Shipman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning to people who decided to read this book before reading the Dark Heavens trilogy: YOU WON"T KNOW WHATS GOING ON.

Now that's out of the way. It's a great continuation. I hate the fact that Mrs. Chan doesn't a least devote 20 pages out of a almost 600 page book to catching new readers up to whats going on, but I'm a sucker for somewhat epic story lines. Especially if they make me want to take up things like Tai Chi for fun. Unlike the previous and following book the main character doesn't su
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Brian Palmer
Apr 27, 2013 Brian Palmer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I imagine, had I read the series prior to this, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. As it is, the first half of the book is really quite good; I was enjoying it, and enjoying the rich backstory as characters are introduced. And then it kept going on, and on , and on; the action scenes kept coming in, and resolved not by any particularly great planning but by revealing yet another amazingly powerful character who's not what they seem.

As a standalone series, I probably wouldn't recommend it
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Barbara
Mar 17, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this one a bit of a slog.

The setting is modern Hong Kong, overlain with what people if my generation with think of as "Monkey Magic" Chinese mythos. It's a good setting, showing some imagination.

To my taste, it has way too much dialogue and too little narrative text. Major, life changing plot points come and go in the space of a paragraph, and then we are back to pages and pages of banter.


Perhaps starting this series without having read the previous series in the setting didn't help:
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Kumyin
Mar 15, 2016 Kumyin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The labeling of this book as an entirely new series is a bit confusing. I started reading this book before I even knew of the previous series. Turns out, Journey to Wudang is the second series of three that began with White Tiger in the Dark Heavens series. It uses all the characters introduced in the Dark Heavens series and makes constant referrals to events that transpired there too. As a result, I was utterly confused for the first half of the book and had to figure everything out from the ob ...more
Sarah
Jul 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing continuation to the series. After eight years of trying to adapt to the change of taking over Emma must once again prove that she is worthy to be among the gods. She and Simone are faced with several tasks throughout the book. With Simone now a teenager, Emma becomes even more of a mother figure.

I honestly thought that after the ending of the first trilogy that there would only be sadness for Emma and Simone. However, there is much more hope for them. Emma and Simone do face much
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Lore
Feb 08, 2011 Lore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finnish
I really did only get to page 40.
I know it sounds harsh, but this is the kind of book I avoid at all costs. Mainly cause I judge it by it's cover and assume it had a really crappy story.*
I wasn't wrong.
It sucked.
I didn't get far, but what I read just didn't apeal to me.
So I did what I should have done in the first place, apologised to friend and gave her back the book. But becuase I'm always such a 'give it a chance' person, I'm not very good at backing off when I face genres I don't like.

*Thi
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Laz the Sailor
This is the dreadlocks of a shaggy dog story. The author juggles a dozen swords, chainsaws, and fiery orbs so that as soon as one is dealt with, another arrives. It's exhausting and not necessarily rewarding. There are close to 100 significant characters to keep track of, and numerous locations in both the real world, the celestial heavens, and the demonic hell. Not a lot of depth to the main characters, but their actions define them, and there is a lot of action! But somehow, I turned the page ...more
Barbara
Dec 27, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Not bad, but not particularly good either. Mainly many battles which the good guys always win because they develop a new ability at precisely the right time. The battles are interspersed with guilt and angst and occasional bouts of mundane banality (e.g. pausing in saving the world to deal with student leave requests). I wouldn't start with this, but since I've read the first trilogy I was curious to find out what happens next. I did like the detail on Chinese mythology. An interesting change fr ...more
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Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the custom
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