The Sword of Justice: Cheering For Tori Eldridge’s Unlikely Ninja Hero

In her debut novel, The Ninja Daughter, author Tori Eldridge turns a young woman with a passion for justice into a modern-day martial-arts hero.

Lily Wong is an anachronism — a protector of women whose nickname is Dumpling. Her family is a mix of cultures: Her Norwegian-Viking father is a master chef, running Wong’s Hong Kong Garden restaurant in Culver City, California, while her mother is a Chinese porcelain doll with a lioness stuffed inside.

Lily herself is “a woman of patchwork heritage, honoring her Chinese Buddhist ancestors by practicing martial arts, then wrapping herself in the Norwegian Rosemaling quilt her grandmother had sewn for her.” 

Read the rest of my review at Washington Independent Review of Books.

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