cover image Black Water Sister

Black Water Sister

Zen Cho. Ace, $17 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-425-28343-1

A young woman confronts a formidable god in this stirring paranormal fantasy from Cho (Sorcerer to the Crown). Jessamyn Teoh, an unemployed, recent college graduate, moves back to Malaysia with her parents. While coping with being uprooted from her life and struggling with her now long-distance relationship, Jess begins to hear a disembodied voice and is horrified to discover that it belongs to her late grandmother, Ah Ma. The fierce, plucky Ah Ma refuses to move on to the next life until Jess helps her exact revenge against gangster Ng Chee Hin, who’s planning on tearing down the temple of her god, the Black Water Sister. Jess reluctantly agrees to become her grandmother’s medium—but while working to save the temple and attempting to make an ally of Ng Chee Hin’s son, Sherng, Jess accidentally angers the Black Water Sister. Now the god stalks her, demanding retribution for her wrongful deed—and Jess has no choice but to pay her debt or she’ll lose everything she has left. Cho’s multifaceted characters, like her masterful plot, are never quite what they first appear. Unpredictable twists keep the pages turning while the comic but endearing relationship between Jess and her sassy grandmother provides the story’s heart. This is must-read fantasy. [em]Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Assoc. (May) [/em]