THE NINE FOLD HEAVEN
The Nine Fold Heaven is a story of gangsters and forbidden love in 1930s Shanghai. While this sounds exciting in theory, the story is unfortunately rather shallow. The protagonist worries about bad karma affecting her ability to succeed, but everything falls in her favor the entire time. There isn’t enough tension, and the conclusion feels foregone. The writing style is also lacking a certain formality one usually finds in historical fiction to ground it in its era, contributing to the book’s trivial nature.