If you’re interested in mythology and you’re fascinated by fantasy tales that are based on legends and myths, then “Listening to Rain” by Albert A. Dalia is the best choice you could ever make. We all know that the most popular myths are the ones that come from the Greek, Latin, Egyptian, and Norse mythologies. But, have you ever considered checking out the Chinese mythology and see how captivating and different it is from what you’re used to in terms of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures? Well, Albert A. Dalia, who is also a scholar of medieval Chinese history, offers his readers the chance to discover an intriguing world where the line between magic and reality is so thin that sometimes it is impossible to tell one from the other.
“Listening to Rain” is the first scroll in “The Adventures of the Shaolin Blade Tanzong” trilogy, and it tells the story of a martial hero who is sent on a mission that might cost him his life. In writing his first book, the author has chosen to build his entire series in the Chinese wuxia style, and to base it upon a 7th century Chinese understanding of reality. So, readers should get ready for a tale of adventure, bravery, and magic, to which the author has added a fair amount of sensibility and poetry, which are characteristic to Chinese legends.
The action takes place in 627 A.D., when China is ruled by the Tang dynasty. However, the reign of the Son of Heaven is feeble, as his empire is caught between powerful enemies in the north and a possible revolt of the Lee aborigine tribes in the south. He decides to send two of his trustworthy men to negotiate with the aborigines, and thus begins the great adventure of Tanzong the Shaolin Blade and his companion, the Imperial Commissioner Li Wei. Tanzong the Shaolin Blade is the main character, and his story is told by Li Wei himself in an attempt to keep the memory of his great deeds and sacrifices alive.
In the first book, Tanzong and Li Wei have to reach the mysterious Isle of Pearls, and their journey takes them through dangerous places. To survive, they have to be cunning, intelligent, and determined, because they will have to fight off the airborne attacks of the Thunder Lords, to cross storm-tossed seas, and even sail aboard a pirate ship. Once they reach the island, their quest becomes even more threatening, as they have to climb the “Land of Drifting Ghosts” mountains to find a legendary lost Buddhist monastery.
No doubt, “Listening to Rain” is one of those addictive stories that make it impossible for the readers to put the book down once they start reading it. After finishing this first volume, the only thing readers can hope for is that the author will publish the second book in the trilogy soon enough.
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