White Tiger (Dark Heavens Series #1)

White Tiger (Dark Heavens Series #1)

by Kylie Chan

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“Packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action, and sexual tension….A smart, entertaining read.”
Australian Specific

A young woman accepts a position as nanny to the young daughter of a handsome, wealthy, and mysterious Chinese businessman—only to discover her new employer is really a god…and every foul demon in creation is out to destroy him! With a premise like that, fantasy aficionados and die-hard action lovers alike will no doubt be expecting something exceptional—and Australian author Kylie Chan delivers big time! White Tiger is the first book in Chan’s breathtaking trilogy that ingeniously blends magic, martial arts, and urban fantasy with a healthy dollop of paranormal romance thrown in to sweeten the pot. Fans of Hong Kong kung fu movies and the novels of Lilith Saintcrow, Liz Williams, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, and Ilona Andrews will flip over White Tiger, Kylie Chan’s remarkable non-stop martial arts supernatural adventure love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061994050
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Dark Heavens Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 625,010
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kylie Chan is the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang trilogies. She married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony and lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now lives in Queensland, Australia, with her two children.

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“A wonderful rollicking yarn that kept me engrossed right to the end.”

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White Tiger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Wow I have never heard anything about the mythology of China. Just a little bits here and there. It was confusing for me to get it straight but sounds like others do to or they mean different things in different regions and different names. I enjoyed reading about them. Emma is a kindergarden teacher in Hong Kong from down under. Emma has one private student she teaches english to Simone. Simone father is Mr. Chen a rich powerful man. The owner of the school Miss Kwok wants Emma to spy on Mr. Chen. Emma resigns and is offered full time nannie position, which is a livein job for 5000 US dollars a month. Emma wants to know what his work is and is it legal. She is told that it is and after you have been here awhile he will tell her. Simone is a 4 yr old girl, who is charming and loving. Who is excited to have Emma full time nannie. Emma has different lessons she is learning,piano, violin,horseback riding, english, martial arts and demon fighting. Leo is called a black Lion he is over 6 foot a big black body gaurd. He will protect Simone with his life he feels quilty he could not save Simone mother life. Mr. Chen you learn about him the whole book a little at a time. He is a shen. He is a general lived on the mountain thats not on this plain. Till he got Married and stayed humane to take care and protect Simone. He is part turtle and snake. He is dark Lord. Because he cant go to the mountain he is getting weaker and weaker thinks he has two more years left before he will have to leave this plain and has no idea how long it will be before he is strong enough to come back to earth. He is god of martial arts infact he invented most of them. Emma fits right in as the nannie but it is driving her crazy not to know who or what John does. Who are the badguys. Why are they trying to kidnap Simmone. About 6 months after she is fulltime she learns the main secrets. She asks to learn martial arts to help protect Simone and herself. She is falling in love with John but can never be with him without killing herself. The story draws you into the world of Chinese gods. They come and visit John and to be trained by him. It feels real and natural how the story unfolds it goes in great detail of life everyday and training of martial arts and demon fighting. It has a lot of love between the characters, family bonds, friends bonds and even romantic love. It has a lot of demon fighting and killing. Rich lifestyle, full of mythology of China. Its a nice size book of 528 pages. Their are two more books in this series cant wait to read them. Would recommend this book. I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Using a variety of Asian cultural and mythological elements in her story, Kylie Chan delivered a well written novel with enough plot elements to easily hold my interest. Surprisingly, my suspension of disbelief was tested not with the supernatural abilities of the gods and demons, but in Emma's incredible progression in the martial arts and her almost "god-like" abilities by the end of this first book. I get the feeling we will learn how her abilities manifested(ex. manipulating chi to destroy demons)in the next book. Finally, I liked the pace of the novel(lots of action in the latter half of the book)and how Emma and John's characters showed growth. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
CuRua More than 1 year ago
This book, and the series of which it is a part, was amazing. The world building was riveting, and a great window for the western world to get a taste of Eastern culture, all dressed up in a totally engrossing story that I literally could not put down. (stayed up til past dawn to finish it, didn't even notice the time until I heard the birds start chirping.) the descriptions of medern Hong-Kong were so real I feel as if I've seen the city, and were artfully blended with the fantasy storyline to make a unique and very enjoyable tale. This book is also atypical in it's treatment of the characters' personal philosophies and attitudes, while at the same time making those diffences in thought and behavior seem natural and unexceptional. Ms. Chan has done an outstanding job of story telling and I can't wait for the next series to be completed and the third one released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a very interesting plot, which kept my interest, in spite of being an extremely silly book (and I don't mean funny). The heroine, Emma, was an unbelievable character in many ways. She asked questions that would have gotten her fired from any real job. The hero, the God, was so unbelievable as to set my teeth on edge. His attraction and then love for Emma, just didn't seem real to me. I felt that a real God would have more sense about what he planned and how he managed things. The scenes in Hong Kong were really interesting and that, too, kept me reading. However, I was really annoyed when the book just ended abruptly. I find that this is becoming a trick of authors to get you to buy more books when they can stretch one book into several. Although, I am interested in how things turn out for Emma and Simone, without the God and Leo around, I don't think I'll bother getting the next book in the series. Also, I felt the title "White Tiger" was deceptive as the white tiger was a secondary character in the book. It probably should have been named "Brown Turtle" or "Split Personality"
breezembhm More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book and series. Love the strong women characters! Hard to put down. Can't wait for the next 3 books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because it was on sale and didn't mind paying the 99 cents. At first, I found the writing to be rather flat and repetitive. At times, Kylie Chan's descriptions of her character's interactions baffled me because they did not explain enough of what had happened. The dialogue frustrated as well because it felt stilted. I got to the point in which I wanted to just get the book finished and move on to a new series. As I got further into the book and into the romance and difficulties of the main character and her love interest, I became more drawn in. I still felt irritated from the repetitive nature of the writing, the dialogue, and the vague descriptions, but I did change my mind about moving to a new series and will read the rest of this one. Overall, the mythology is great and the characters grow on you, but some small writing issues can distract you from the storyline.
ashooles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book. I was unable to put it down. Although I didn't believe it was well written, the storyline was interesting and had me hooked right until the end. Now I can't wait to read the next two. Very good.
hollyd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It really captured my imagination and her whole world fit together beautifully in my head. It may have helped that I have fond memories of Hong Kong and recognised hte areas mentioned but even without that it would have still been an excellent book. I definitely recommend it!
lorelorn_2007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kylie's first book, and the first book of the trilogy is an action novel set in modern day Hong Kong. When Emma, an Australian living in Hong Kong, accepts a lucrative position as a nanny, she thinks the family is a little odd. She concentrates on her job with the delightful young Simone.She soon realises all is not what it seems, her employer is in fact a god, and demons are after Simone and will stop at nothing to get her.A good first book, I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Beith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I expected a fantasy action novel - certainly there is a war going on amongst the Spirits, Immortals and Demons on the celestial plane and leaking down to the Earth. You¿d think that there would be plenty of material for the conflict that is required for an interesting story. You¿d be wrong - there is simply no conflict at all in this book. There is action and fighting, certainly and it¿s well written and keeps you glued (it was what made it possible for me to get through to page 478) but action is not conflict. Plot-wise the action is mostly training for threats which come few and far between. When at last the real tests come and one of our characters is, of course, mortally wounded - there is always a way to heal or even return from Hell so any real concern for life and limb goes out the window fast. Anything that might possibly add a little conflict/interest/suspense to the story is handled by the author by making her protagonist ¿ how can I put it¿ just so¿ ace! Other characters continually point out that Emma is "cold-blooded"* and able to take virtually anything without emotional effect. The heart of a story is the emotional journey taken by the protagonist - what is the point of a protagonist without emotion? I am truly baffled. The closest our protagonist gets to conflict/potential for emotional growth (the whole point of a decent, let alone good, story) comes in the form of a spurious, bodice-ripper, Mills and Boon style love-upon-which-she-must-not-act romantic plot, which becomes the main plot of the book. Yet again the author removes the actual conflict by making the protagonist just too in lerve! Death is nothing if she can be with her man! URGH. She¿s 28 for goodness sake and he¿s several thousand years old but they act like teenagers (or, as every single character seems to get a chance to say multiple times "Fools" - isn¿t it romantic to be foolish boys and girls, even at the expense of the children?)You may have noted by now that I found this book and it's characters exceedingly annoying. I'm sure there will be people who love it but it needs to be marketed to them and put on the romance shelves, not the fantasy shelves. We are given so little of the celestial war that the Gods plotline becomes little more than an explanation of the romantic interest's extraordinary wealth. Similarly, the significance of the very promising, well written action scenes is reduced to an excuse for physical contact between the forbidden lovers and the occasional expression of deep concern and therefore lerve when someone is injured (which we know will be fixed in no time either by a little magic or because Emma is sooo extraordinary). So, how does it fair as a romance novel? Probably very well judging by the novels which sell well (I had to produce many onto audio in my former life and so have read more than I'd have liked). The values in romance novels is almost always "anything for true lerve" and that is certainly the case here, both Emma and her romantic interest show the most appalling character not just in indulging in a nanny-widower relationship but even use the child as a "shield" for physical contact between the two - I won¿t explain, it¿s just.. yuck. To me, the romance between them has both the intensity and sense of longevity that a teenage crush has - Emma¿s willingness to die for him is explained, many teenagers in love feel that strongly - but there is no sense of a foundation that would last - but, again, that's the kind of 'love' romance novels seem to go for and pretend to a "happily ever after" To be fair, this novel may be suffering from "series-itis" - this is book one in a series called "Dark Heavens" and it may be that Chan has been asked by the publisher to pad her story out to make it a trilogy or whatever it will be. It is possible that Chan has a great story over all and it will eventually develop into something interesting beyond just a romance but I am not interested in finding out.
woosang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A terrific story I, like the above reviewer, was orginally not impressed when I started reading but as soon as I had finshed the first chapter, I was totally hooked. This is a thrilling supernatural adventure story with some love interest thrown in. This is a terrific book from a new AUstralian Author. Every page more exciting than the previous.Emma takes a new job with Mr Chen and notices strnage things happening around her. She finds out Mr Chen is actually the Lord of the Northern Heavens and his friends are the other three winds. She gets sucked into his world in her attempt to be a better nanny to Simon, Mr CHen's Daughter.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma is an Australian in Hong Kong. She¿s been working as an English teacher at a local Kindergarten as well as taking on private clients. One of these clients is Simone the four year old daughter of a very wealthy Hong Kong businessman. When Emma quits her kindergarten job, Mr. Chen, Simone¿s Dad, hires her as Simone¿s full-time, live-in, nanny.Upon moving into Mr. Chen¿s home, Emma starts to discover strange goings on¿Leo, Mr. Chen¿s driver is actually more like a body guard, and Mr. Chen¿s late wife was murdered on Leo¿s watch. Mr. Chen teaches martial arts and basically has a do-go and full complement of very sharp weapons in his home. Mr. Chen always takes a sword with him. His students are not allowed to speak to Emma under any circumstances or face the wrath of Mr. Chen. Emma knows something isn¿t quite normal about Mr. Chen, but no one will answer her questions. Meanwhile Mr. Chen is realizing there is something a bit different about Emma, something he can¿t quite explain. Gods and Goddesses, demons and kings, might and magic all come into play.I found this book incredibly hard to put down¿to the point where I got all of four hours of sleep last night. White Tiger is based on Chinese mythology, which I knew nothing about, and it totally drew me in. Maybe I am just a sucker for these modern re-telling of very old stories.I loved the way Ms. Chan slowly reveals everything, and the frustration that it causes Emma. The stereotypical dance between the man trying to ¿protection¿ the woman, and the woman showing the man just what could have gone wrong in his protection scenario. The yin and yang of the situation, basically. I so enjoyed the characters! Simone at 4-5 is delightful and wise beyond her years, but then what do you expect from a child who is half God. Bai Hu gave fantastic comic relief in the most trying of circumstances. Leo, was the uber-man, and ironically gay. I loved the irony, and also was really impressed by the theme of family that runs through the story¿how everyone in Mr. Chen¿s household is loved as family and accepted for who they are, be it a 6¿6¿ gay bodyguard, or a tame demon trying to gain humanity.I did have some issues with the story. The dialog was a bit choppy and I didn¿t understand the purpose of the storyline with April and Andy, it seemed totally pointless. There were a few times during the story where Emma offered something, and was met with abject horror, but this reader never understood what was so wrong with Emma¿s offer. Case in point¿I believe it was the first time Emma killed a demon with her chi, Mr. Chen was incredibly weak and Emma drew on her chi to offer it to Mr. Chen. Mr. Chen and Leo reacted with great disdain, but for the life of me I couldn¿t understand why. Rereading the scene, then the whole chapter, still didn¿t answer that question for me.It seems, from other reviews, that people either love this book or they don¿t. Put me in the loved it column. I will be waiting for the next book in this trilogy. I understand this was originally released in Australia some time ago? If so, I hope the publishers don¿t make me wait too long for book 2.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This urban fantasy is filled with Chinese mythology, gods, demons, magic and ordinary humans, including Emma, an Australian in Hong Kong who after working as a kindergarten teacher and private tutor for four years, accepts the job as full time nanny to four-year old Simone. Emma eventually comes to learn that Simone¿s father, John Cheng, is actually Xuan Wu, god of the Northern Heavens and creator of all martial arts. Drained of energy in his human form, he¿s only got a few years left to teach his daughter what he can so that she can survive. And knowing he¿s weak, members of the household are often under attack from demons.Emma learns martial arts and how to work with energy in order to keep Simone safe, finding out that she¿s actually gifted, as if she¿d known this stuff before. She easily becomes one of John¿s best students ever. She and John find themselves in love but can¿t do a thing about it as he could easily drain her energy just by touching her. And when he returns to his True Form, a combination turtle/serpent, he doesn¿t know how many years he¿d have to be in that form to gain enough energy to come back to her.This is a difficult book to review. The story itself is intriguing and has plenty of fight scenes. There¿s also interaction with other gods and I enjoyed these aspects of the book. But I couldn¿t connect with Emma and it¿s difficult for me to feel empathy for a character without that connection. There were times when she¿d either suddenly become upset or start laughing, yet there was no feel for her emotions leading up to that, so her sudden response is startling. Much of the story feels somewhat choppy as a lot is crammed into this rather large book. And yet we don¿t know much about Emma or her background. Why did she come to Hong Kong to begin with? We do get a scene where we meet her parents, sister and her sister¿s family, but other than them questioning her about her situation, we learn nothing. I can say that overall I enjoyed the book, but I doubt that I would go ahead and read the rest of the series.Reviewed for Amazon Vine Voice
Cats57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
White Tiger by Kylie ChanA twist of fate puts Australian Emma Donahoe, into a prime position in the John Chen household. As a part time teacher of John¿s daughter Simone when there is a problem with Mr. Chen¿s nanny and he needs a new one, Emma steps into the fray. She should have known things were not what they seemed. Mr. Chen is no ordinary Chinese executive. He is ultra rich, highly secretive, ultra worried about his daughters¿ safety, skilled in Martial Arts and various swords and other tools of the Art. He is extremely mysterious, very handsome, rich, single (what more could a young woman want in a boss?) and to ice the cake, his 4 year old daughter has a rather unusual bodyguard.Soon Emma finds she has been drawn into a very rare and unusual world that is populated by Celestial beings, Gods, Demons, magic and danger.This is a 562-page book (paperback edition and allowing for the glossary) and as such should have allowed us ample time to be pulled into what could have been a delightful and rather unique story. Unfortunately, what it did do was to give the author ample time to repeat herself. Unfortunately, we are served up the same dialogue, see the same scenarios, hear the same pleas over and over again chapter after chapter and sometimes page after page. Once this book decided that it was going to be a romance it just got worse. For the heroine Emma and the hero John may not touch each other¿ever. In addition, let me tell you this gives the author license to draw out the angst and chest beating on both of the main characters part. It took me 250 pages before I found something I could enjoy. While I really find the mythology interesting, I felt that if I had wanted to learn `that¿ much about it I would have chosen a different sort of book. A little of that knowledge would have gone a long way; but as we soon learn, this author does not know the meaning of ¿less is sometimes more¿.The second half of the book does become a bit more exciting although there are so many parts where the author introduces something interesting that should have been fleshed out a bit more, and just abandoned it. I understand that this book is a set up novel and perhaps some of the unfinished min-stories may yet be concluded or at least explained in later volumes. I can see where these books are headed and it does sound like the rest of the series may be fun to read, but if the rest of the books are going to be like this one, I think I will have to pass.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow I have never heard anything about the mythology of China. Just a little bits here and there. It was confusing for me to get it straight but sounds like others do to or they mean different things in different regions and different names. I enjoyed reading about them. Emma is a kindergarden teacher in Hong Kong from down under. Emma has one private student she teaches english to Simone. Simone father is Mr. Chen a rich powerful man. The owner of the school Miss Kwok wants Emma to spy on Mr. Chen. Emma resigns and is offered full time nannie position, which is a livein job for 5000 US dollars a month. Emma wants to know what his work is and is it legal. She is told that it is and after you have been here awhile he will tell her. Simone is a 4 yr old girl, who is charming and loving. Who is excited to have Emma full time nannie. Emma has different lessons she is learning,piano, violin,horseback riding, english, martial arts and demon fighting. Leo is called a black Lion he is over 6 foot a big black body gaurd. He will protect Simone with his life he feels quilty he could not save Simone mother life. Mr. Chen you learn about him the whole book a little at a time. He is a shen. He is a general lived on the mountain thats not on this plain. Till he got Married and stayed humane to take care and protect Simone. He is part turtle and snake. He is dark Lord. Because he cant go to the mountain he is getting weaker and weaker thinks he has two more years left before he will have to leave this plain and has no idea how long it will be before he is strong enough to come back to earth. He is god of martial arts infact he invented most of them. Emma fits right in as the nannie but it is driving her crazy not to know who or what John does. Who are the badguys. Why are they trying to kidnap Simmone. About 6 months after she is fulltime she learns the main secrets. She asks to learn martial arts to help protect Simone and herself. She is falling in love with John but can never be with him without killing herself. The story draws you into the world of Chinese gods. They come and visit John and to be trained by him. It feels real and natural how the story unfolds it goes in great detail of life everyday and training of martial arts and demon fighting. It has a lot of love between the characters, family bonds, friends bonds and even romantic love. It has a lot of demon fighting and killing. Rich lifestyle, full of mythology of China. Its a nice size book of 528 pages. Their are two more books in this series cant wait to read them. Would recommend this book. I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this WAY more than I expected to. Engaging characters, interesting and believable world, great star-crossed romance. I can't wait to see where this series is going. I may even have to buy it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall writing was good. One very annoying thing was that the narrative would change to something entirely different with no separation. Also the story seemed to be drug out and Xuan and Emma would have the same discussions over and over.
niah More than 1 year ago
It was alright not as good as I thought it would be
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JenLS More than 1 year ago
Excellent!  Couldn't put it down.  Went out and bought the next 5. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Can't wait for the last trilogy to come out.
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Read it three times in the last year!
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