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Thorn of the Night Blossoms: A Legends of Tivara Story

(Scions of the Black Lotus #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  111 reviews
For an imperial assassin, assignment as a courtesan in the Floating World seems like a waste of her talents... until killers target her clan sisters.

In the legendary Floating World, wars are waged with wit, the strongest soldier can be bound with threads of silk, and flesh is the currency by which life, death, and freedom can all be purchased.

Half-elf Jie doesn’t mind
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Dragonstone Press, LLC
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Rob Hayes
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short tale (novella length) about assassins posing as prostitutes in an Asian setting.

This one really drops you in it. There are a lot of terms and names flying around in the first chapter. So many that, without any prior knowledge of the setting (I think this is part of a much larger world the author is creating), it took me to the end of the first chapter before I had my bearings. Things were a lot smoother after that once I had gotten my head around what everything is called and the like.

David Rose
This novella was an absolute treat. Great oriental style fantasy world and characters, fast paced, and with a short-story-worthy sting in the tail. Get it now!
Kevin Potter
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although far from what I expected, this is a phenomenally told tale that seems to start the process of setting the stage for Mr. Kang's Dragon Songs Saga.

This was my first exposure to narrator Natalie Naudus and I have to say I'm damned impressed! Her voices are fantastic, and even the male voices are at least somewhat believable. Her vocal inflections are expertly crafted, and her tempo shifts are subtle but effective.

Now, before I go farther do note that I have NOT read the Dragon Songs Saga,
Queen Terrible Timy
This review was originally posted on RockStarlit BookAsylum!

"The Floating World, named because it was where a man's dreams took flight, provided all kinds of entertainment at any budget."

This is going to be a mini review, as we are talking about a novella, so I don't want to spoil it much. I went into Thorn of the Night Blossoms without any knowledge of the series. Thorn of the Night Blossoms is the prequel story to the Dragon Songs Saga, featuring a readers' favorite, Jie.

Jie and Lilian are bot
Alyssia Cooke
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Thorn of the Night Blossoms is near enough everything I could have hoped for going into it. Being of novella length, it has to build the world and introduce the characters quickly, so there is a lot to grasp early on. This is done well, although this could have been expanded on, bringing more to the world-building. There is easily the potential for a full length novel here and I would have happily read more. Due to the short length, the focus is naturally on the action and narrative mean that th ...more
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Thorn of the Night Blooms

A fast paced story full of assassins, secrets and betrays in this new world of poison, love and elves. I really enjoyed the action it kept me on my toes the whole way through.
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
⅘ stars

#ThornOfTheNightBlossoms is a novella and the first in a 6-book-long series. The #ScionsOfTheBlackLotusSeries . It is a wonderful mix of Geishas, Ninjas and Assassins and plays in an Asian inspired world that has magical creatures like Fae or in the case of our protagonist Half-Fae.

When going into this book you have to keep in mind that this is a novella - a short book with only 163 pages. So, you should not expect a whole lot of character development - there simply isn’t the time for tha
Rochelle Bautista
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I had so much fun reading this book!! Thank you JC Kang & BOMM Tours for providing me with a copy! I loved how invested I was in the story by how fast I was flying through the chapters! I was intrigued by Jie's world and the life she lived in so I was trying to soak up as much info as I can despite being a bit overwhelmed by all the terminologies but I quickly got the hang of it and the setting was so well-described that I can vividly imagine the scenes! Tho my heart breaks for all the girls' wa ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a terrific look into the past and how things began. I love Miss Jie. I am looking forward to what comes next!
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I heard about this series through a Facebook ad, which I’m usually quite dubious about....but this was fantastic ! Think the Kushiels Dart Series, but set in Ancient a China, and switch around the proportions of assassination training and BDSM. The result is a novella, well crafted and amazingly fleshed out. I’m in love!
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Chelsea Moreen
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m super surprised with how much I enjoyed this, it was really really good, full of action, shocks, and twists and turns that I didn’t expect from such a short book. Don’t let the cover deceive you, this was a great sapphic fantasy read about female assassins in hiding!
Tiffanie Dang
Thank you to the author, J.C. Kang, for sending me an e-ARC to review!

I really enjoyed this book and agree with other reviewers that it certainly is a fresh take on the spy narrative. There’s Asian characters and also LGBTQ+ representation, which made me feel seen, as a Chinese person who is bicurious. The worldbuilding was fascinating and really immersive, but then there were the plot twists! I only saw them coming right before they happened and it was still shocking. The romance was steamy, bu
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, novella
J. C. Kang is a name I’ve seen circulating around. Fellow reviewers have mentioned The Dragon Songs Saga, praising the worldbuilding and characters, among other elements of that quadrilogy. It’s fair to say, I’ve been looking for the right time to pick up any one of his works. When he contacted with the specific request that I review his latest in a series of novellas, the time seemed only right to carve out an hour and a half and get through what turned out to be a delightfully kine ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ninja Courtesans
Death through furious fighting.
Even love dies in time.
Gargee | Wilder Girl Reads
Content Warnings for the book: violence, gore, magically coerced sex (rape), sex work (portrayed in a positive light)

Representation: Chinese coded cast of characters, bisexual main character

Thorn of the Night Blossoms is a tantalising story with spies, assassins and a unraveling plot of that puts everything that Jie has worked for in peril. At 20 years old, Jie is the de facto leader of the Black Lotus members embedded it various houses of the Floating Islands. Due to her fey ancestry (she is ha
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story wastes no time getting started (which is good considering its shorter length). While we lose a bit of the expository world building, the scenery feels lush and immersive, the background an East-Asian-inspired fantasy creation that's best described as Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  It took me a couple chapters to acquaint myself with the terminology, but past that point, I was all in.  The action is immediate, slowing only slightly to allow for character dev ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short easy read, only the size of a novella, this is an action packed Asian fantasy with courtesans and assassins.

The strong point of this story is not the characters, but in the action and description. This world is rich in flavor and detail, and following the main character's movements and fights through various locales is great. If you're a fan of thieves/assassins in media and want to read some very well written sneaky segments with great combat, then pick this up.

This is not to say the s
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THORN OF THE NIGHT BLOSSOMS is book 1 in the 6 book series Scions of the Black Lotus. Overall for book 1, I am at 3.5/4 ⭐️

This is definitely different than what I am used to reading.. but once I got started it went by very quick. The world building grew as the story progressed which I really enjoyed. Jia was a very interesting character. She wanted to excel as an assassin but also had love for her sisters and would protect them with her life. As the story goes there is a plot uncovered to assina
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great from a talented writer. Jie and Lillian are half elves. This is quite an entrancing story. Loved it.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: Chinese-coded characters and setting, wlw mc & side character

CWs: rape
Michael Otto
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Japanese past culture

This story of a woman who trains young women how to please men who some are lords in a place called the floating cloud if I remember right. The young women so trained are called Night Blossoms who are also taught stealth, different methods of killing. The interaction of the characters kept me reading.
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

Thank you so much Shealea @Shut Up, Shealea, Caffeine Book Tours, and JC Kang for this amazing opportunity of reading and reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review, and also for the chance to be a part of the book tour!

A story of duty, love and betrayal set in perhaps what one could call the underbelly of a kingdom, Thorn of the Night Blossoms is where good and bad are blurred. Jie, our protagonist, is a half-elf who’s both a courtes
Andy Freeman-Hall
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
TLDR: Like the daggers wielded by the book’s protagonist, this novel is short, sharp, and stabs you in the gut when you least expect it. This Asian Epic Fantasy based around geisha spies may not be long, but its content has been distilled down to something intense and entertaining.

This audiobook is short. Like, 2 hrs 51 mins short. I’m a big fan of epic, expansive fantasy novels with page after page of content that deeply develop characters and plots within an enthralling backdrop, so I was a l
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
I'm not writing a full review for this one.

The author is a talented writer with a lot of great ideas, and I can see what he was trying to do with this book. It didn't work and left me feeling horrible for a couple of reasons. There's a discussion of sex trafficking, rape, and paedophilia in this review.

Firstly, portraying sex work positively is not just about avoiding shaming people. The author does attempt to look into both the positive and negatives of sex work. The major issue here is I woul
Patricia Lim
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in the tour.

This is part of the review I have done.

Trigger/Content warnings

> Magically coerced sex (rape)
>Graphic combat with gore
>Sex work (portrayed in a positive light)

Thorn of the Night Blossoms is a fast-paced story of assassins and spies posing as courtesans in a world where a woman’s body is a commodity and giving pleasure to the highest payer is a
The Scribblings
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
As far as most know, Jie is in training to become a Night Blossom, one of the famed courtesans of the Floating World. But that is just a cover. In truth, Jie is a member of the legendary Black Lotus Clan, a highly trained spy and assassin. Now it seems someone has discovered the truth about her and plans to see her dead.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review.

Told through Jie’s eyes, the story unfolds at a steady pace as she is attacked in a variety of ways; from p
Ana-Maria D.A
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
◦ I've received this book as an ARC in exchange of my honest review ◦

“ “And to think,” Jie said, making a show of counting on her fingers, “my virginity is already worth over ten times his son’s.” “

Jie, a young Floret waiting for her deflowering while the bid on her virginity goes higher than ever recorded. Lilian, a beautiful Blossom who is allowed to entertain men and earn money for the House. Both of them at the first glance are nothing else than some courtesans ready to please the men crossi
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie, the only thing that even made me pick this up was the cover. I didn't even know a thing about the plot line till I read the first line and thought, wait, what was this about again?


I think that a series like this is better approached in release order of the verse, it might not be mandatory, but starting it with the author gives the time for me as a reader to get the expansion as they build it and not afterwards if that makes any sense. To be fair the boo
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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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