China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family when she's born. She finds friendship--and a name, Vibiana--in the most unlikely of places: Christianity.
But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie...and whether she is willing to die for her faith. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This book is the counterpoint to the first and I want to reiterate that I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone under teens. There is repeated graphic violence in both of them that doesn’t hold back. The books don’t provide a happy, clear ending on who you’re supposed to sympathize with similar to real life. They’re thought-provoking and interesting to see how the story ends up.
Going into this book, you know where it’s going, but it was still interesting to get there. At the end a little extra is revealed that brings it all together. Ifyou’re going to commit to reading one, I’d highly recommend reading both and fairly close together.
Warning: Contains repeated violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Only folks who have read the first in the series.
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