SF/F Review: Breath of Earth (Blood of Earth #1) by Beth Cato: https://t.co/ccbyK1oglF Short Review: 7.5 out of 10 (1/4)— garik16 (@garik16) September 16, 2017
Short Review (cont): A solid alternate history story with good, where a young woman discovers her great earth magic powers as she (2/4)— garik16 (@garik16) September 16, 2017
Short Review (cont): struggles to save those she loves in a world where the US and Japan have combined to destroy & oppress China (3/4)— garik16 (@garik16) September 16, 2017
Breath of Earth is the start of a new series (Trilogy?) by Beth Cato. Set in an alternate history in 1906 San Francisco, this is a world in which The US has joined forces with Japan in an attempt to dominate the world with magical power. In addition to the magical fantastic beasts which exist in this world, a well known magical power is Geomancy, which enables particular men to feel and contain power from earthquakes. This power can then be absorbed into a special magical stone, which can contain the power for use in technology such as airships.
That said, the combination of Japan and early 20th century America results in horrible things happening to other cultures, particularly those of Chinese origin. And Women aren't exactly expected to be able to wield such power either. The result of this background is a story where people who in the real world wielded power in dangerous ways toward minority groups have even more power, and our protagonists discover this the hard way.
That said, while this is not a book where the main characters are having fun, it's definitely the start of what is shaping up to be an interesting tale of discovery and adventure by an excellent cast of characters who realize they need to take action to try stop such evils...or at least to prevent greater harm. This story is definitely not stand-alone - it ends on a cliffhanger - but it's a very solid beginning.
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