“At only twenty-eight I felt no great rush to settle into anything boring.” – White Tiger, Book 1 of the Dark Heavens Trilogy
In the Dark Heavens trilogy (Kylie Chan), Emma, an Australian living in Hong Kong, suddenly finds herself working as a nanny to the Dark Lord of the Four Winds, Xuan Wu. He is the black turtle god or Shen, ruler of the Northern Heavens. He’s a dark creature, the master of all Martial Arts, destroyer of Demons, and the owner of Wudang Mountain both on the Celestial plane and on the Earthly plane. Five years prior, he had married a mortal woman and they had a child (half Shen, she would grow into a powerful force of nature). Demons killed the wife of Xuan Wu and her family, leaving the Turtle Shen with his small daughter.
Emma works as a nanny to the Shen’s daughter, but eventually trains in the Arts, discovers she has an innate talent for both physical and energy work, and is able to protect the Dark Lord’s child from Demons, who would kidnap her in order to have power over Xuan Wu. Of course, she also falls in love with Xuan Wu, though he is unable to touch her without draining her Chi (energy) and killing her. She loves the daughter as her own, and swears to protect the daughter with her life.
One of the great things about diving into a good set of books is the inspiration, that can be drawn from them. This is a story told from Emma’s point of view, and she describes all of the Immortals, the Shen, the Retainers, the Dragons, all the great characters from Chinese mythology (including the Jade Girl, the Golden Boy, Bai Hu the White Tiger, and more), and the traditions surrounding the mythical world opened up for her. She describes a gown worn during a magnificent event; a black Cheongsam with a high Mandarin collar, and golden chrysanthemums embroidered in the silk.
The Dark Heavens Cheongsam is a semi-formal dress with three-quarter sleeves, made from the finest pixel silk, and embroidered in golden flowers. It’s a gown that accentuates and showcases your figure while giving you a regal appearance. It’s available in six beautiful jewel-tones, and materials enhanced to really make the embroidery pop.
Dark Heavens Cheongsam is available at Avatar Bizarre’s Marketplace Store and inworld.