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The Spirit of the Dragon From The Bestselling Author Of Daughters Of The Dragon Comes An Epic Novel Of A Star Crossed Couple Who Must Defy Tradition, War, And Prejudice To Keep Their Love AliveAt The Urging Of A Los Angeles Detective, International Rights Lawyer Anna Carlson Assists In A Murder Investigation It S A Personal Request From Suk Bo Yi, A Ninety Nine Year Old Woman Questioned In A Mysterious Death At A Koreatown Nursing Home A Stranger To Anna, Suk Bo Has A Tale To Tell For Reasons Of Her Own, She S Chosen Anna Only Anna To Hear It Suk Bo S Story Begins In , When The Japanese Occupying Korea Force Her To Marry One Of Their Own, Named Hisashi In Spite Of Their Differences, They Fall Madly In Love, Pitting Them Against Two Violently Opposing Cultures When Hisashi Joins The Japanese Imperial Army And Disappears, Suk Bo Embarks On A Quest Through Years Of War, Bigotry, And Poverty To Find HimBut Suk Bo S Unfolding History Reveals Than Anna Can Imagine An Heirloom Comb Bearing An Intricately Carved Two Headed Dragon Binding Her To Suk Bo S Past Soon Anna Will Discover Her Own Legacy At The Heart Of Suk Bo S Epic Love Story The Spirit of the Dragon by William Andrews is the third book of the trilogy The Dragon but it can be read as a standalone.The story begins with a murder investigation where this korean woman might be the killer She thell her story how, as a young girl, Suk bo Yi became the wife of a japanese named Hisashi, just before WWII Suk bo s life wasn t a simple one She had to escape from Korea, fight against japanese who had occupied her country, lost her family and hope for a better future.This is a story about war, civil rights, love, power How a women can make the difference.I love the plot and the writing style.The reader finds out a lot of historical traditions and a little piece of history which is rarely studied in the West I m from Italy and I know about Korean and Japan war from my university courses.Characters are so real I could relate with them, with their feelings and their fears Suk bo is a strong female character, even in the dark she can reach the light Friendships and legacy are an important matter in this book.I recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and is in love with Asia and it s culture. I like reading a book based in the country I m visiting while I m there so was very glad when NetGalley offered this title for review just before my trip to South Korea Though it was hard to reconcile the Korea then and the Korea I saw, I thoroughly enjoyed the book So much so that just before reaching the last page of the Spirit of the Dragon, I hurriedly went and bought the other earlier titles in the series Well done, Mr Andrews, you portrayed the story of Suk Bo so sensitively and in such an engrossing way I don t know the history of Korea so can t comment on how accurate the background of the story is but I ll bet your research in the matter was intense This is the type of fiction that keeps me turning the pages I do wish the ending was different though Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC This is my honest review. This was my first book by this author and when I finished this book I immediately went and bought the first book in this trilogy You can read this book as a standalone without any problems It tells the story of a young Korean women starting just before WWII to present day It is a story of hardship, tragedy, courage and a love that will never die.This was the first book I read about Korea and I didn t know a lot about its history so it was very interesting to read about it and the issues that are told in this book are sadly still current I wish they weren t though.I will definitely recommend this book.

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