Today, I give the floor to Joyce Chng, writing as J. Damask, whose novel Wolf At The Door was featured in another post last year. Her books stand out because of the authentic South-East Asian setting. Joyce lives in Singapore. Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye is a sequel to her first novel, which, a little birdie tells me, is on the recommended reading list for the Nebula Awards.
Before I begin, I would like to thank Patty for giving me the great opportunity to share my world with you. You might remember my previous post on the urban fantasy world set in Singapore. For this blog post, I am going to talk about it as Jan Xu – the main character who is also wolf – deals with more complications coming her way.
Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye begins with Jan juggling her duties as pack leader, mother and daughter of the Xu clan. She has a baby son and she is pleased with the peace and stability in her life. Her sister Marianne is now warded in a mental institution, still recovering from the hideous transformation which devastated her life and mind.
Yet, as things go, life isn’t going to be smooth going for this wolf. Enter the drakes (Western dragons) and vampires (jiang shi). They have plans in mind and Jan soon finds her life unraveling. All animal clans are also in jeopardy and Jan is forced to rally all of them to unite against the threat posed by the drakes and vampires.
Writing the Lang is such a joy for me. I love the worldbuilding that goes into Jan Xu’s physical and cultural landscape. Part of it stems from being Chinese, something which I am very familiar with. I like to see a character whom I can relate to. Likewise, I like the multi-cultural landscape in Singapore and also the tensions many races and groups straddle and have to deal with. The Lang are at odds with the vampires and the drakes. The foreign drakes bring with them aggression and unbridled desire to rule.
What happens when one is between worlds: both drake and Lung?
What happens when your friends leave, one by one?
Check out Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye to find out more.
Blurb: The world turns and the dragon catches its own tail. Jan Xu, now alpha and leader of the Xu clan, faces more challenges when a past misadventure rears its head and threatens to tear her life apart. Added to this is a revelation about her role in her pack, which can make or break her, or potentially help her defeat an old foe, if she managed to hold onto her sanity. Desperate to protect her family as her world turns obsidian, Jan is thrust in the midst of conflict between vampire, wolf, dragon and Singapore’s Myriad. What can one do when the past won’t let go?
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