"Kyame seems a girl ready for her dragon tattoo ..." Kirkus Media Review. They further said of Revelations of the Impossible Piddingtons: "A magical concept with a miraculous heroine keeps the pages turning ..." :
San Francisco, 1895. The members of the Bing On tong are convinced that the girl with the green-eyes was a tulku, an occult wraith, when they discover the body of Wong Woon, their leader, with a silver dagger in his heart inside his sealed windowless office with its only door barred from the inside. The girl, a threat to the tong’s opium and slave trade, should have been dead; but it was Wong who was dead and the girl vanished. Only a tulku could have passed through the barred door and out of the grasp of the tong.
The girl is sixteen year old Kyame Piddington. Revelations of the Impossible Piddingtons tells the story of her adventurous life as part of The Impossible Piddingtons, a father-daughter second sight act. In the course of the novel, Kyame matures from a frightened eleven year old desperately trying to take her dead mother’s place in the family second sight act, striving to learn the secret silent codes and cues from her father as they travel through the towns and cities of the American west; to becoming, at sixteen, a tall black-haired green-eyed beauty, an accomplished artist; a mesmerist, whose subtle powers work most of the time; a hardened stage performer experienced in creating psychic illusions; and, as predicted by Dr. Mar-Tan, a Chinese astrologer in New York, a woman with the spirit of an assassin.
A key element of the Piddington trilogy is that, unlike most young adult paranormal thrillers, Kyame does not possess any special powers, but is remarkably skilled at creating the illusion of such powers. Thus the reader has the opportunity to learn some of the techniques she uses to create an effective psychic presence.
Revelations is the first of a planned Kyame Piddington trilogy.
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Published July 12, 2010
History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction.