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Prelude to Insurrection

(The Dragon Songs Saga #0.5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Only an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.

Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.

In this prequel novelette to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her du
Kindle Edition, 1, 74 pages
Published May 3rd 2017 by Three Moons Press
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Catrin Russell
In flowing prose and intricate narrative, this little short story is packed with tasteful details and world-building. The characters are well-written despite the shortness on space, and the storyline is exciting.

My only complaint would be that it introduces a lot of things, some of which are never explained (understandable enough, since it's a short story), but some could have just been left out altogether to allow the story to speak for itself. It had enough going for it anyway, with its intrig
Dale Russell
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lord Sie's incursion across the Great Wall had raised the ire of the Emperor. Unless the young elf spy, Jie of the Black Fists, could discover the reason and the why, the might of the army of Cathay will fall upon them...and him...for his temerity. Though, if he didn't pay the agreed upon incursion price to the Lord of Rotuvi, he might be trapped between the force of TWO kingdoms. Jie soon finds the truth behind the façade and must find a way to get that information to her masters. And arranging ...more
Jamie Edmundson
A short prequel to the Dragon Songs Saga, starring a female half-elf called Jie in a medieval Asian inspired setting which felt different.
Quite a lot packed into it, including some political intrigue and a fair slice of action. The MC is a spy/ secret operative and the action actually felt a bit like a stealth based video game.
Well written and suggests that the main series would appeal to those who like ninja elf action scenes!
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased, own, fantasy
You know how it is when one character will just jump out at you, the character that plays a pivotal role in an ongoing saga, the one you NEED to know more about and yet, their past remains shrouded? PRELUDE TO INSURRECTION is J.C. Kang’s answer to who IS Jie and what made her the warrior she is today? Discover Jie as a younger elf, feel what she feels and witness one of the experiences that made her who she is.

It is brief “preludes” like this one from J.C. Kang that gives life and dimension to
Emily Pennington
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Jie, a half-elf, snatched Lord Shi’s 7-year-old son in mid-air as he tripped toward the open fire pit. The shocked nursemaid reprimanded him, then offered two lovely hair pins to Jie. But Jie kindly refused to take them since they probably were valued possessions. As she looked around, she glanced at one of the mines where something secretive seemed to be going on. She took a dinner tray and sought out Lord Shi to try to figure what he was up to that he would risk angering both the Emperor and t ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very short story, my only complaint is that it was in fact too short, as the heroine of the story was Jie the black fists, young elf herself and she was on a scouting mission in the dangerous terrain outside the wall. Lord Shi was mining for gold or so he said when in fact his people were producing fire powder and getting ready to rise up against the emperor of Cathay. Jie's usual courageous and brash ability can save the day if she can decide who to protect, the downtrodden people or ...more
Rabid Reader
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-fantasy
I really enjoyed rereading this glimpse of Jie in the early days of her Black Lotus career. She is my favourite character in the Legends of Tivara stories and this tale makes you love her all the more. The author did a great job of demonstrating the start of a career, we get to see a less accomplish Jie; her skills and quick thinking are still apparent, just not as polished, assured and refined as she is in later stories. It added a nice realism to the character. This short story has intrigue, s ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say I've only read a few very short stories and normally don't bother to review since that is usually about all I have to say. It's hard to pack anything of real interest into something very short, but JC Kang did just that with this prequel to his Tivara series.

Jie is a very interesting character. Quick thinking and capable and it was interesting to see some of her beginning origins. This was also a good short introduction to the world of Tivara. Good fantasy read. Look forward t
Katie (wife of book)
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't realise this novella would be as short as it was, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the Thorn of the Night Blossom by the same author and so I was excited to get another little glimpse into this wonderful world he's created.
Once again, the story is focussed and intruiging, with plenty of stealth, wits, and strategy. This is a great quick read for anyone enthralled by the world of Jie and the Black Lotus.
Catherine Fitzsimmons
In a word, sharp. Great sense of setting with minimal description, great action and high tension in a complex but easy to follow plot of political intrigue, wonderful moments of humour, and a very satisfyingly portrayed main character. Grabs you from the first line and keeps the hooks in throughout. This has definitely served the author's purpose, because I'm very curious for more. ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if it's the right reading order to start here, but I did and it made my winter walk a fun one, so certainly that pleasure threshold was cleared. As for whether or not I'll return for the full novels, even I have no way of knowing that. I'll spoil one thing and tell you that even though there are dragons on the cover there are none in this book. So wait actually zero stars. ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the plot and the characters were interesting. I'd like to see how the plot line develops. I think the author needs to tighten the dialog a bit, as I felt the characters had a tendency to ramble on a bit. It has great potential. ...more
🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ couldn't-put-it-down great

This is a prequel novella to the Dragon Songs Saga that introduces Jie, a half-elf woman who is anxious to prove that her elvish appearance won't compromise her infiltration abilities as a spy. In the end, she makes a compassionate decision that goes against her training, which made me admire her and I can't wait to start Songs of Insurrection to get to know her more!

There were some details that didn't make sense at first, but the author also provided an informat
Yancy Eam
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mid-shelf-review
My first story into J.C. Kang's fantasy world. In a way it met my expectations with it being a short story for the current situation our heroine was in. Jei seems like an interesting character so far and I'm interested to see her origins and where she goes from there in this world. 3.5/5 stars. ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a very interesting introduction to the series. I'll be continuing with the series shortly. It was action-packed and very fast paced. I really enjoyed it. I would have liked it to be longer though. ...more
Anna Tan
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's a short story, so
1) Interesting enough that I might possibly pick up the rest of the series
2) But not enticing enough that I will DEFINITELY pick up the rest of the series.

I guess it boils down to money, serendipity, and the ever-evolving TBR.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jie is an amazing character to start this series with for me. Loved reviewing and learning all about the story.
Hector Santiago
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story has the beginnings of one great series can't wait to read it all ...more
Bertha Alicia
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A prelude to the Dragon Songs Saga

A short story about Jie, one character from the Dragon Song Saga. It is really short, indeed! But a good way of presenting her to the readers.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, novella
This is an excellent prequel to The Dragon Songs Saga! This is my first story by this Author and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. The cover is really cool.
Fiona Andrew
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great wee story

Great introduction to Jie and how she knew about the layout of the fortress. I love the character of Jie.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting plot and well written. An introduction to some of the characters.
Can't wait to start the main story!
Christine Marie
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Learning of Jie and her history helps us understand why she is the way is she. And how she became the warrior of the Black Fist within the Saga. I look forward to continuing the story!
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting story with a good plot and strong characters. Well worth the short time it takes to read it.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice introduction to the world of Jie and to her work.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I got this short story to see if it was worth buying the full length books and if I enjoyed the writing. Needless to say I am now ordering all the books!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Jie, a half-elf recruit of the Black Lotus clan, has infiltrated the staff of Lord Shi to determine just what it is he's up to. If his illegal mining operation and fraternising with foreigners wasn't bad enough, she's sure there's something more going on. If she can find out what, maybe she can stop the bloodshed that's sure to claim the innocent lives of Lord Shi's people when the Emperor loses patience...

It's a fast paced little novella introducing the character of Jie and some of the concepts
Sara Lawson
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love JC Kang's stories. This one was no exception. Jie, infamous half-elf of the Black Lotus Clan sets out to prove that she can work undercover, and discovers that Lord Shi is up to no good. I know, shocking, right? The delightful part of this story is how she treats Lord Shi's son and his kindness to her as well. She definitely knows the way to the heart of a seven-year-old boy who loves candy more than anything in the world. But she treats him with such decency. It's darling. ...more
Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson

Fast pace read keeps you on your toes. Lot of twist an turns. Jie is good at her job but at times off her mark. This fantasy story is a different world which makes it fun to read.
Rabid Reader
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this glimpse of Jie in the early days of her Black Lotus career. She is my favourite character in the Legends of Tivara stories and this tale makes you love her all the more. The author did a great job of demonstrating the start of a career, we get to see a less accomplish Jie; her skills and quick thinking are still apparent, just not as polished, assured and refined as she is in later stories. It added a nice realism to the character. This short story has intrigue, suspense, a ...more
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JC Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

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The Dragon Songs Saga (4 books)
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