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The Girl with Ghost Eyes (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl with No Face (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

M.H. Boroson is an urban fantasy author that is best known for the novel “The Girl with Ghost Eyes,” which was published in 2015.

When he was nine years old, he got an invite from a Chinese American friend to go for dinner with his family over a raucous meal, the Chinese friend’s uncle tells the story of a beautiful fox woman.
The woman possessed a magical pearl that she used to steal energy from men. Boroson would become very interested in learning more about the fox woman and he started visiting the library.

At the library is where he was introduced to Arthurian, Norse, and Greek mythology. He also read about fairies, vampires, werewolves, and witches but nothing he read came close to the story he had heard not even what he got from encyclopedia entries.

He was baffled and began asking several of his Asian American friends why there were hardly any of their stories in the books in the library.

He finally went back to his friend’s uncle for more stories and even asked other kids to invite him to their houses so that he could interview their families.

When MH Boroson went to college, he studied religion focusing on Chinese Buddhism and Mandarin. He also used to watch John Woo, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan films in addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
At some point, he realized that he could combine history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, fantasy novels, and Kung Fu novels. He could pen stories about monsters and Chinese magic and put to use some of the cultural detail he had picked up over the years.

He intended to use these as metaphors to showcase the immigrant experience in the United States. He had enough information to tell stories like an insider as he centered on people who had been marginalized.
He intended to pen stories subverting stereotypes and inverting the margins. Boroson would show Chinese American characters as being diverse and three-dimensional human beings

They support families, face challenges, earn a living, and hope not to lose their cultural values while living in the Western world.

He would make fantasy fiction narratives that are based on Chinese folktales. Nonetheless, they deal with issues of vital importance in the modern world such as power, race, culture, gender, and class.

M.H. Boroson would then begin taking notes, interviewing Chinese American and Chinese people, and buying hand-written Daoist manuscripts.

He dove into Chinese folk tales such as “Tales from the Liaozhai” by Pu Songling and ancient texts such as “Journey to the West” and “Shan Hai Jing.”
He also took more than sixty thousand pages of notes as he watched movies such as “A Chinese Ghost Story” and “Mr. Vampire.”

From Iris Chang, he got the techniques needed to write with compassion about history. From Mosley Easy Rawlins he learned how to paint vivid pictures of historical moments.

Other important authors and writing that have also influenced his writings include the likes of “Navajo Mysteries” by Tony Hillerman and “Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher. He published his debut novel “The Girl with Ghost Eyes” in 2015.
The novel was a best-diverse fantasy on Bustle, was nominated by LibraryReads as one of the ten books of the month, won the Crested Butte Writers and Colorado Gold writing contests, and also got a Publishers Weekly Starred Review.
He would then follow that up with a short story sequel set a few months after the events of the debut. Given the success of his debut, he published “The Girl with No Face” his second novel in 2019.

M.H. Boroson’s novel “The Girl with Ghost Eyes” is set in Chinatown in San Francisco at the end of the 19th century. It is here that ghost hunters from Daoist Moshan traditions have been keeping some evil spiritual forces from invading society
Li-lin is a young widow and the daughter of one of the best Daoshi exorcists in town. She has a unique ability to see things in the spirit world since she has yin eyes.

The death of her husband and her spiritual visions have ashamed her and her father, and embarrassment is the last thing any immigrant family wants.

When her father is crippled by a sorcerer, terrible plans are set in motion and the only person that can put a stop to them is Li-lin.

To help her are her burning paper talismans, a peachwood sword, her martial arts, and a wisecracking spirit that looks more like an eyeball that she keeps in her pocket.

Navigating the dangerous backrooms and alleys of Chinatown, Li needs to deal with gangsters, evil spirits, and soul stealers before an ancient evil is summoned by the sorcerers ritual putting the entire Chinatown at risk of total destruction.
It comes with an inventive and rich historical setting, bizarre monsters inspired by Chinese folk tales authentic Chinese magic, and non-stop martial arts action.

it is a poignant story of a young immigrant seeking to find herself beside the stigma of widowhood and the huge shadow cast by her father.

In a place caught between modernity and tradition, one woman may be the only one that could save everyone.

“The Girl with No Face” by M.H. Boroson is another interesting novel set in San Francisco during the tail end of the 19th century.

The cobblestone streets of the city are haunted but luckily for Chinatown, they have Li-lin a young Daoist princess as a protector.

Using her magical talking spirit, her peachwood sword, spiritual magic, and martial arts training she will fight against supernatural threats coming against her immigrant community.

Li-lin is the overseer of a deadhouse for the local gangster chapter and has to undertake a dangerous and bewildering assignment following the delivery of the body of a young girl to the establishment.
The dead girl suffocated to death when flowers began growing out of her mouth and nose. Li-lin thinks the primitive and dirty magic known as Gong Tau is responsible.

But they need to find the people or person behind the spell and the quest will take her on a dangerous journey into the perilous world of spirits and ghosts.

With meticulously researched depictions of Chinese magic and monsters and hard historical realism, this is a work inspired by the action-packed cinema of China to make for an unforgettable and compelling tale of Chinese lore and historical fantasy.

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