The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter
Rating: 4.5 / 5
You know a book is good if the characters and the settings won’t leave your mind and the story keeps running like a film in your brain.
Deborah Challinor’s fourth novel in her ‘Smuggler’s Wife’ series opens in Sydney in 1856, and travels between Dunedin, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Captain Rian Farrell, his wife Kitty and daughter Amber set off to assist Chinese friends, the dying Wong Fu and his daughter Bao, who has been like a sister to Amber.
There are twists and turns galore, kidnappings and much more in this rollicking adventure. The characters are well drawn, and the language is earthy,
immediately drawing the reader into this fascinating world of the past. There are many heart-stopping moments as Challinor deftly tackles the opium wars and the tricky relationships of this era between East and West, leaving the reader closing the book with a satisfied sigh.