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The Girl with No Face

(The Daoshi Chronicles #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The adventures of Li-lin, a Daoist priestess with the unique ability to see the spirit world, continue in the thrilling follow-up to the critically-acclaimed historical urban fantasy The Girl with Ghost Eyes.

It’s the end of the Nineteenth Century. San Francisco’s cobblestone streets are haunted, but Chinatown has an unlikely protector in a young Daoist priestess named Li-l
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Talos (first published February 19th 2019)
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The Girl with Ghost Eyes, the first book in the Daoshi Chronicles, caught my eye because of the fabulous title!! I wasn't sure I wanted to read about 1890s San Francisco at first but found it an incredible world so full of Chinese mythology and the spirit creatures that I love. I eagerly awaited the sequel... and its finally here, 4 years later!!

Just like the first book, The Girl with No Face has a fabulous title that totally fits the s
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: ARC provided by Edelweiss. This ARC is also available in the Read Now section of NetGalley within the U.S. This book will be released on October 1, 2019.

“How could we hope to heal from the traumas of the past, when those traumas shape who we are and how we act in the present?”

A few months ago, I learned that the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee wrote an eight-page treatment for a story about Chinese immigration in the old American West. Cinemax had developed a television show based on Le
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely fabulous series! Packed with action, brilliant world building, set at the end of the nineteenth century San Francisco within the Chinese community. Li-Lin is breaking the mould of how women are perceived at this time, where a woman cannot be both good and powerful. She is brave and completely kick ass when it comes to martial arts. Recommended.
Alice Poon
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m usually not drawn to the historical fantasy genre (with the exception of Chinese wuxia novels) but the title of this book had me intrigued. I guess I was just curious to find out what kind of Chinese mythology the American author was so enamored with as to come up with a whole series based on it (this is book #2).

From the start, I was wrapped up in the intricate plot and gradually became charmed by the upright Daoist heroine Xian Li-lin. The plot did branch out into numerous extraneous but i
Melanie Chu
This will be a tough book for me to review. My friends know that The Girl with Ghost Eyes is my favorite book, of all time. I have read it FOUR TIMES, and each time I loved it more. As a Chinese-American woman, when I need strength, I look in the mirror and imagine I'm Li-lin, with a peach wood sword in my hand and a talking eyeball on my shoulder.

After waiting for the sequel for yeeeaaars, I approached it nervously. Would the book let me down? Would it break everything I loved about the first b
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review by first talking about how much I loved the first in the series, The Girl with Ghost Eyes. I picked up that book the day it came out and fell in love with Li-lin and the slightly fantastical version of San Francisco's historical China Town that Boroson created. I've been eagerly awaiting a sequel every since. It was so worth the wait--the follow up in amazing.

Over and above everything, Li-lin is such a wonderful character. She's strong--not just in body but in spirit a
The Captain
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there mateys! While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the girl with ghost eyes, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

I absolutely loved book one and have been avidly waiting for this sequel. The short story set in this world did briefly satisfy the craving but only until I finished reading it. So I was absolutely o
Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl with No Face by M.H. Boroson is an absolutely brilliant sequel to The Girl with Ghost Eyes. I'm thrilled I was somehow approved for this via NetGalley since book is one of my favorites. Obviously, my expectations were incredibly high going into this sequel, but I shouldn't have worried because this novel was just about everything I could have wanted. Historical fantasy is one of my favorite genres and Boroson writes some
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since we heard from M. H. Boroson, but his debut The Girl with the Ghost Eyes made such a strong impression that I had no issues jumping back into what is now a planned trilogy. His alternate universe San Francisco is a magical place, and I was beyond excited to resume the story of Li-lin, the girl able to see the spirit realm overlaid on the mortal world.

Li-lin may be that titular girl with ghost eyes from the first book, but she only metaphorically lacks a face in this second
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A love spell is not a bouquet of flowers but a boot in your face, grinding its muddy heel.

The nitty-gritty: A worthy follow-up to The Girl With Ghost Eyes , Boroson’s latest shines with magical imagery, sparkling and downright funny dialog, complex characters and an immensely satisfying plot, all framed by the rich history of Ch
Calvin Park
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
M.H. Boroson gives us a phenomenal sequel in The Girl with No Face. Returning to San Francisco’s Chinatown we once again follow Li-lin, picking up soon after the end of The Girl with Ghost Eyes. We’re treated to Boroson’s excellently researched depictions, a lovingly crafted world that excels at showing normal life for the beautiful thing it is.

There are a great many things to love in The Girl with No Face, and those things begin with the main character, Li-lin. Not only is she incredibly relata
Emily Wu
I am breathless from ALL THE AWESOMENESS!!!

12 stars out of 5

Full review later
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book and then years later you remember liking it but couldn't remember why? That was how it was for me with the first book in the series, The Girl with Ghost Eyes. Fortunately, the writer does such a good job reminding me what happened that it was easy to dive in and be immersed in San Francisco's Chinatown at the end of the nineteenth century. The world building is well researched and there is many Chinese lore widens the world beyond Chinatown.

Lin-lin, a Daoist priestess w
Stacy Stosich
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dang these books are so fun. I want to re-read the first one now. I'm not really into kungfu movies so I'm surprised I like these books so much (and there are a few parts that are sort of, well, bloody). I think the main character is really likeable, and I enjoy hearing about all the wacky and interesting creatures. Mr. Yanqui is the best. And the writer actually really researches Eastern mythologies and religions. Apparently climbing the ladder of swords to become a priest or priestess is a rea ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read book one of this series but I guess you don't have to. However, that being said I really want to go back and read book one because this one was really good. The cover to start out is just so breathtaking that I want a poster or a tattoo or something so I never forget about it. This was a very unique title with a great story. This book is teeming with well written characters and one amazing story. The world building jumps off the page and just everything comes together. That I need ...more
Seth Boyd
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! It continues the exploration of fantasy and mythology of an underrepresented tradition in the Western canon of fantasy literature. I enjoy the strong female protagonist as well.
Book Geek
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again

Another beautiful written story. It empowers women and gives respect to the Asiam culture. Well done. Keep the stories coming.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again Boroson combines the lore of ancient China with turn of the century California, beautifully. He takes it a step further in The Girl with No Face, by exploring the laws and politics of China’s spirit world on a new continent. Excellent!
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Daoshi Chronicles. Set in San Francisco at the end of the XIX century it combines the life and mythos of Chinatown and its inhabitants.

Quite entertaining and a good follow up to the first book. Looking forward to the next book.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love the girl with the ghost eyes and the girl with no face doesn't disappoint. It's an amazing story about culture, family and female strength.

The world feels wonderful, strange and beautiful, the book is very well written. And since my last visit to China I enjoyed the story a lot, because it gave me some new perspective.

While reading this I have been on the edge of my seat, often wonder how the protagonist will be able to get out of this one.

A great read. So far the best I have read
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Historical fantasy novel with a lot of action! As in the first novel, the fast paced enjoyable fantasy plot does not diminish the sense of the author's respect for and fascination with the cultural source material.
Kiwi Carlisle
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looking back on my review of Book One of this series, I see that I made the same mistake as I did with this one. I gobbled it up in one day. This book is every bit as enthralling as The Girl with Ghost Eyes. M. H. Boroson melds the ancient Chinese folklore that I love so much with the harsh realities of life for Chinese immigrants in Gold Mountain in the nineteenth century and then adds a whopping and tasty dose of action, historical color, and hair-raising fantasy. I want more of this series, a ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I continue to adore this series. Li-Lin is such a wonderful character. I love her friendship with Mr. Yanqiu <3 It highlights the importance of having someone to witness your life without judgement. The complicated feminism of the first book becomes even more complicated in this sequel as Li-Lin’s relationship with her father evolves and we learn more about how he sees her. I love how she is so strong in such an unconventional way. I’m glad I went back to re-read Ghost Eyes in preparation for re ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another incredible story!!!!! Cannot WAIT for book 3!!!!!!

Just awesome on so many levels, to keep it extremely brief. Need to read book one, "The Girl With Ghost Eyes" to fully appreciate this second book. Book doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, but Please hurry up and get book three out for us to devour!!!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-hist, 2_watch
Really excellent book. "The Girl With No Face" takes place in a very different world than the usual urban fantasy with a deep dive into Chinese superstition in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. There are feminist undertones from the heroine, an idealistic young Daoist magician and martial artist, including a memorable take on love spells. You will get more from it if you read "The Girl With Ghost Eyes" first (not a hardship - also excellent) which introduced us to everyone. I hope there are mor ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough how much I enjoy fantasy from a different world - a different real world's mythology. It demonstrates how every human society longs for reassurance about the spiritual.

Plus Li-Lin is a badass.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
So long to wait T_T
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first book! Li-lin is SUCH. A. BADASS. Has the level of demons been upped? Seems like it. But so much excellent culture and details are explained in this book it has to be considered a historical fiction fantasy? It just has to!
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!

Ghost, monsters, demons , father/daughter drama, and lots of butt kicking action mystical and otherwise. Plus, the end seems to indicate another story in the series. Yay, loved it!
Alexia Chantel
Li-lin is back and once again she’s wading right into the middle of a ghost-riddled mystery. A great second book to The Dash Chronicles!

THE GIRL WITH NO FACE picks up right where book one left off, Li-lin is employed by Bok Choy and her father has disowned her. The new mystery starts off with a child’s corpse, she was killed by a vampire tree. This leads Li-lin to the girl with no face, a paper offering that was created without features. Li-lin feels connected to the girl and promises to free he
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Boroson wanted to learn more about this fox woman, so he went to the library. They had Greek, Norse, and Arthurian mythology. They had vampires, witches, werewol

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“Spare me your indignation,” he said. “This is important, Li-lin. Not a time for female emotions.” “Is it ever?” 3 likes
“when someone deliberately took a step to help you preserve face, it was meaningful. If you repaid them in kind, then you began to see each other as allies, friends, and family. Mianzi or lian—face—was intricately, inextricably intertwined with these nuanced social interconnections.” 2 likes
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