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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review - The Dance of the Spirits by Catherine Aerie

Book Review
The Dance of Spirits
by Catherine Aerie

Book Description
A Forbidden Love in a Forgotten War.  Spring 1951: it is the fiery zenith of the Korean War, a war that the youthful US Army lieutenant Wesley Palm and his men thought that they had won… until the Chinese swept across the Yalu River. Traveling with the million-man army bent on driving back the march of “American imperialism” is Jasmine Young, a Chinese surgeon who has volunteered herself into the war for unspoken, grave reasons. Through a chronicle of merciless battles, freezing winters, and the brutality and hypocrisy of human nature, the two will find themselves weaving through the twists and turns of fate and destiny. Though their love is forbidden, their passion and pursuit of liberty cannot be quenched.

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Our Review
Set in a time of war the story follows two people from the different ends of the political spectrum. To try and find her way in life a young Chinese woman goes off as a medical surgeon to serve in the Korean War where she sees and absorbs the real truth and results of warfare.  On the other side is American Wes Palm and their paths collide with an amazing outcome. 

The true beauty of this novel is the insight of how tough and different it was for a Chinese woman to grow up and follow her own way whilst been dominated by a strict government regime.  Also when people speak of war it's mainly always about the battles and the fallen but we tend to forget about the casualties and the people who tended to them without the appropriate medicine or equipment, the authors writing brings this horrible part of war to life with true reality.  You feel that you are in the background of every scene. 

The narrative is told from two sides but in truth they both want the same outcome the killing to stop and peace to reign. As these two people lives become entwined we are reminded that they are the innocents and the real guilty parties are the powers to be who are fighting for they own greed. 

This is a very emotive book which will touch every single feeling you can have and will make you think differently about war and the after effects of it. 

The first book I have read by this author but I am definitely looking forward to future publications.

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  1. This sounds like a very interesting read, thank you for sharing your lovely review!

  2. I think I'd enjoy reading about how different a Chinese woman's experience is from what I've grown up with.

  3. I love to travel and learn more about exciting places in the world. This seems like something that is perfect for me! This would be something I can learn from and entertain myself at the same time.

  4. I love books about different places! I will never get to travel so I always enjoy reading these sort of books get a feel of other cultures. They story line sounds amazing too :)

  5. Books set in complete different situations and so on can be troublesome to read because it's hard to relate, but here it looks like the emotions are brought on wonderfully! I wonder how they managed to portray the governments strictness, and I think the best way to know would be to read!

    Check out my book review of the Legacy:

  6. This sounds quite interesting. I, too, love reading books about different lands and with history added. I have added this to the books that I want to read. Thanks for the great review.

  7. This definitely sounds like a book I would thoroughly enjoy reading! On my TBR (the short one!)

  8. It sounds like a heartstring tugger and very powerful. I'm glad you shared it with us.

  9. I love history and stories told in them times. This in a book I will have to read. Thanks for sharing.


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