The Black Isle

The Black Isle

by Sandi Tan
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The Black Isle by Sandi Tan

There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic—a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446563925
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Sandi Tan was born in Singapore and has an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Her short films have been shown around the world at venues such as the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, MoMA, and on European television. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, the critic John Powers, and their bossy Siamese, Nico. You can visit her website at
THE BLACK ISLE is her debut novel.

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The Black Isle 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well wrtten book. Fasinating and interesting. One of the best books I have read in awhile. I liked this book even though it not the kind of book I normally read.
ML_Marvin More than 1 year ago
This was truly a mesmerizing book. One of the best books i have every read. Full of twists and turns on every page. The author did an amazing job portraying the culture, history and dark magic all within this captivating historical novel.
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LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
This book started out with amazing promise. I loved the author's style and her characters were interesting and fun to get to know - even the ones I loved to hate. The story of a family torn apart and Cassandra's ability to see ghosts is compelling. I loved the culture that I was being introduced to and had great expectations of writing a positive review of a remarkable book. So what happened? For reasons I don't understand (and I'm willing to consider that I might have come to understand had I continued reading) the author took the main character twins to a place that would have been better never explored. SPOILER ALERT! I couldn't get my head around incest and rape between twins that had not shown any of these inclinations through the beginning of the story. It seemed to be a sudden, unexplained, eruption of evil that sprung out of nothing. Like the scene in a movie thrown in to raise the rating. It felt unneccessary and lowered my opinion of the author and the characters. I couldn't get past it and put the book down never to be pickd back up. A huge disappointment.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long but interesting most of the time. Some very off putting segments, that are reoccurring. Overall I am still not sure how I feel about this book.