Urban Fantasy Review & 3-Book Contest: DARK HEAVENS series by Kylie Chan

It’s always fun to find an urban fantasy series that draws on a culture outside the European-American arena, and one of the most interesting recently has been Australian author Kylie Chan’s Dark Heavens trilogy, just released in the U.S. in the last few months. White Tiger, the first book, came out in August, followed by Red Phoenix. The third book, Blue Dragon, comes out next week. Today’s contest is for all three books in the series!

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Action, intrigue, demons and dragons…Kylie Chan creates a fast and furious story balanced between the celestial and the mortal, the powerful and the innocent…Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman. She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain. When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realize that Emma herself is more than she seems. (This is the blurb for White Tiger, book one, only since you don’t want spoilers.)

MY THOUGHTS: I was a little slow to warm up to this series, finding Emma a bit passive-aggressive and not immediately likeable. Once it kicked in, I found it hard to put down. The worldbuilding is fascinating enough that sticking with it pays off.

            John Chen is enigmatic and mysterious and ultimately swoon-worthy, and daughter Simone adds an extra element of tension to the story. Throw in exotic settings, old mythology, and martial arts, and it’s a fascinating read, if not always the fastest.  

Want to win all three books in the Dark Heavens series? You know the routine: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet or a share on Facebook!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

33 thoughts on “Urban Fantasy Review & 3-Book Contest: DARK HEAVENS series by Kylie Chan

  1. How neat – I recently added Kylie Chan to my “To Buy” list. Both the Dark Heavens & Journey to Wudang series. Would like to win these.
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  2. I’m never short of amazed at how many great giveaways you do! Thank you!! I’d love to have a new UF series to read.

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  3. I love the trend towards non-US/European heroes. This sounds like a great series.

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  4. Oooh, yes please! Even if I already read and loved White Tiger! Gotta have a second copy to foist on friends…

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    anassa dot rhenisch, gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I don’t know this author at all and haven’t read any reviews on them either.

    I must admit from your brief review, it doesn’t sound as if I would like them but I am curious to try.

    Please enter me.


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  6. I actually had the first book in my hands last time I was at the book store, it really does look interesting and I’m such a fan of Asian cultures and Mythology.
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  7. This sounds very interesting with some Chinese mythology. Would love to read it, thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  8. a pretty interesting reading, a little bit different! would like to try it!

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  9. This sounds a little different from the urban fantasy books I’m used to. Thanks for the chance to try it.

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  10. Sometimes those hard to get into books end up being the best ones (for me it was the Fever series from karen Marie Moning. I started it 5 times and then just pushed through my annoyance with Mac)
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  11. I’m always happy to read UF with a different setting and mythology than the usual stuff. There are too few books based on Eastern beliefs.

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