#BookReview ‘The Emperor’s Jade’ by Robert Mitchell #TuesdayBookBlog


Today I’m reviewing ‘The Emperor’s Jade’ by Robert Mitchell
The Emperor's Jade Robert Mitchell
 
Blurb (from Amazon) :
 
For over two thousand years the secret hiding place of the jade dragon seal of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, has been just that – a secret. But the accidental destruction of a small ancient porcelain pillow reveals that secret, and leads the young Australian teacher and his Scottish friend away from their peaceful college at Nandaihe on the shore of the Bo Sea, drawing them up into the freezing bleakness of the jagged mountains of Huangshan, as they try to outwit and elude those who would steal their secret, the jade seal, and their lives.
 
Did I like it?
 
History/archaeology in East Asia. China to be more precise. That’s the stuff I’m interested in.
 
The story is a good one, an interesting one. I would have like to love it really. But…
 
What I didn’t like
 
Two things. The MC is not a very likeable person. Very aggressive, short tempered. He’s living as an English teacher in China. With only a beginner’s knowledge of Chinese. He should be happy that there are people he can communicate with (Moon). Translating for him. Helping him. Instead he’s very aggressive with her. She might be a bit of an annoying person b ut she’s helping him with his insufficient knowledge of Chinese. Even in his communications with his Scottish co-teacher Duncan, very, very aggressive. Duncan is my second problem. Although I only know 1 and a half Scottish people ‘personally’. Neither of them was constantly using the words ‘wee’ and ‘lad’. When the MC and Duncan speak for the first time the use of wee and lad by Duncan is a bit odd. But fine for me, it’s the introduction of someone from Scotland. I can live with that. Unfortunately he never stops. And this is more than annoying. It just doesn’t seem natural. Nearly at the end of the book, the MC finally complains. And Duncan stops!
 
It kills a lot of the pleasure of the book for me. But that’s just my personal taste
 
Would I recommend it?
 
The story is interesting, the setting is interesting. The twists and turns are all believable. If there weren’t these two points. I would have liked the book a lot more. Nevertheless 15 out of 20 points.
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