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Black Blossom by M.C.A. Hogarth

A fantasy of manners and civilization. 

In this sequel to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar, the gentle Calligrapher is sent to succor the broken priest of Shame. Will he be in time to rehabilitate one of the empire’s greatest assets? And what will happen in the House of Flowers? A genteel, conversational fantasy of society, culture . . . and the perversions that threaten them.



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The Menace from Earth

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 5, 2013: This is a brilliant, unusual work; a triumph of world building. In some ways it shadows how the feudal Japanese culture reacted to their first encounters with Europeans during the Edo period (although the Al-Naidoori seem more gentle!). Without a doubt, it is exquisite writing. The only problem I had with it was I felt some interesting plot elements (including those centred around the black blossom of the title) were glossed over or left unexplained, in favour of focusing on the relationship of the two protagonists. Or perhaps I just did not fully understand – a known hazard for aliens dealing with the Al-Naidoori.

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Excellent multi-genre

By Teresa Garcia, author of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest

Jun 29, 2012: Black Blossom is a wonderful story following two characters that complement each other perfectly. I especially enjoy the mystery element of their search to find out what the taint is, in Quenian. There is also action, and romance in the tale, and the fact that this is set in an alien society from an alien viewpoint and centered so strongly around language is enchanting.

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By OneRed911, member

Aug 17, 2012: Having read both Admonishments and Aphorisms of Kherishdar I was familiar with the 2 main characters in this story. What I wasn’t expecting was to fall in love with both of them (and others!) after reading Black Blossom. This author makes you feel like she truly has seen and interacted with this alien civilization and that these are true stories, not fantasy. I enjoyed every moment of this story and always eagerly looked forward to each new installment.

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