Silver Phoenix

Silver Phoenix➭ Silver Phoenix Read ➵ Author Cindy Pon – Heartforum.co.uk No one wanted Ai Ling And deep down she is relieved despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger s subservient bride banished to the inner quarter No one wanted Ai Ling And deep down she is relieved despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger s subservient bride banished to the inner quartersBut now, something is after her Something terrifying a force she cannot comprehend And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imaginedBravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard she will need all of these things Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her She will also need helpIt is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help and perhaps.

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix Greenwillow , which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association s Booklist, and one of s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice MonthBooks were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal WANT Simon Pulse , also a Junior Library Guild selection, is a near future thriller set in Taipei releasing June th RUSE, the sequel, is slated for spring She is the co founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade Learnabout her books and art at.

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • Silver Phoenix
  • Cindy Pon
  • English
  • 07 February 2019
  • 0061730211

10 thoughts on “Silver Phoenix

  1. Charlotte says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here You judge the gods by who bows down at their altars Ai Ling asked Spoilers and a discussion of sexual violence follow in this an Exclusive Charlotte Review of Cindy Pon s Silver Phoenix So What s It AboutOn the day of her first betrothal meeting and rejection Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her She can reach into other people s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams and that s just the beginning.Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals her destiny lies in the empero You judge the gods by who bows down at their altars Ai Ling asked Spoilers and a discussion of sexual violence follow in this an Exclusive Charlotte Review of Cindy Pon s Silver Phoenix So What s It AboutOn the day of her first betrothal meeting and rejection Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her She can reach into other people s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams and that s just the beginning.Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals her destiny lies in the emperor s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step And then she meets Chen Yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers Here is a heart stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance of anything with the making of legend What I ThoughtThis is, ultimately, something of a big old ehhh for me Nothing about it caused me to despise it, but nothing about it caused me to adore it either This book and I exist in a neutral, awkward liminal space together, making stilted small talk.The best that I have to say about it is that Cindy Pon clearly possesses a vivid imagination and a great capacity for translating that imagination to the paper Silver Phoenix is positively crawling with hordes of grotesque and fascinating creatures, some of which genuinely disgusted meShe realized then that it was composed of corpses arms and legs jutted from the top of its head instead of hair Its naked mass was formed of human torsos,limbs, and worse, heads and sagging faces Some of the eyes were so decomposed only empty sockets peered from a putrefied skull But it s not all body horror Over the course of the book Ai Ling treks through many marvelous and mystical locales, which are lushly and beautifully described as well My favorite is the palace of the Immortals, where there are a number of magical treesThere was the tree with leaves that were giant eyes blinking in the wind The irises were of every shade imaginable, pink, green, scarlet, and orange The pupils were all shaped differently, from circles to squares and diamonds, swirls and stars The eye leaves rustled under the gentle breeze of the heavenly mountain, all blinking, and all seeing THE OBSERVANT TREE Another plus is that, contrary to all the YA protagonist waifs who can barely manage to choke down a granola bar, Ai Ling positively revels in food and eating This is great to see for mental physical health reasons, but also just because all the food sounds so tastyA plate of roast duck, steamed dumplings, spicy noodles with beef gravy, pickled cucumbers, stewed tongue and eggs if you have them, cold please, and sticky rice pearls, too, Ai Ling said, before the server girl could open her mouth I don t know what he wants Ai Ling nodded toward Chen Yong I m not sure I have enough coins to order anything , he said, laughing As a final positive note, I d also add that Ai Ling s ultimate decision not to resurrect her dead friend is handled appropriately as a demanding ethical dilemma, and I was quite pleased with the way in which she arrives at her final decision.My concerns about Silver Phoenix, however, arise when we consider the fact that none of the characters are especially strong or interesting outside of the main antagonist Ai Ling s love for food is the main thing about her that endears her to me at all, and I ll discuss the other main character, Chen Yong, a little bit later In addition, I d like to discuss the mixed bag of this book s feminism.The F WordYA has come a long way in the 10 years since Silver Phoenix was published, and as far as I can remember, this book s willingness to grapple with questions of gender and race is something that wasn t all too common back then Generally speaking, there are some good basic messages in this book for early teen readers who might be just figuring out feminismWhy were women always seen as things to be possessed by men in these tales, never worththan their physical beauty It s nothing ground shattering for an adult, but I think it s just the right level for a young reader to sink their teeth into In addition to matters of gender, I d like to address the matter of race in Silver Phoenix Cindy Pon is the co founder of Diversity in YA, and an advisory board member for We Need Diverse Books It s clearly something that she is passionate about, and that is apparent in her debut novel Silver Phoenix s ancient Chinese inspired setting is populated entirely by people of color, and is fundamentally built upon the extensive and rich knowledge that stems from Pon s background in Chinese studies I especially appreciated the examination of difficulties arising from biracial identity that occurs as a part of Chen Yong s story.At the same time, I think the positive messages get a little lost when the book starts to delve into the intersection of sexism and sexual violence I really had no idea that I d be spending so much time talking about this topic when I started this blog, but here we are, kids The problem is that Ai Ling is subjected to numerous instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault over the course of the book, but I never felt that she had a realistic psychological response to anything that happened People may be numb after an assault they may suppress their feelings but these are still VERY clearly different things from simply having no emotional reaction at all andor less carrying on with one s adventure like nothing out of the ordinary has happened The latter is what happens in Silver Phoenix.Finally, the sort of love interest Chen Yong is a big dumb idiot who repeatedly talks about how traditional he is, and when a dude describes himself as traditional in real life YOU KNOW that s enough to send me running in the opposite direction He s so stupidly self congratulatory over the fact that he doesn t think women should be mindless baby making and cooking machines Like Chen YongI know I m very traditional in thought But you have to believe that I value women forthan their roles within the inner quarters Charlotte This wouldn t irritate me half as much if I hadn t had like 750000 conversations with dudes who think that I should worship the ground they walk on because they ve accomplished the stunningly difficult feat of fundamentally viewing women as human beings NOt AlL HEroEs WeaR CApEs About the AuthorCindy Pon was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the U.S with her family as a child She studied at UCSD and New York University, and her first published work was Silver Phoenix in 2009 She is a student of Chinese brush art as well as an author, and mentioned above she cofounded Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and serves on the advisory board for We Need Diverse Books She lives in San Diego with her husband and children

  2. Nicky says:

    Up to a point, this review shouldn t be majorly spoilery about events although it will be about themes I ll let you know just before I do the spoilery part.I had honestly never heard of Cindy Pon until the day before yesterday, and I might not have picked up her book to read even if I had Mostly because I m not supposed to be buying new books at the moment, admittedly But inkstone s post about it, here, a post about the whitewashing of the covers for this book, caught my eye You can find o Up to a point, this review shouldn t be majorly spoilery about events although it will be about themes I ll let you know just before I do the spoilery part.I had honestly never heard of Cindy Pon until the day before yesterday, and I might not have picked up her book to read even if I had Mostly because I m not supposed to be buying new books at the moment, admittedly But inkstone s post about it, here, a post about the whitewashing of the covers for this book, caught my eye You can find other links on the matter here, including a place to preview the first seventy pages of the novel The story in brief Silver Phoenix is a book heavily based on Chinese myth and history The original cover is striking and beautiful, to my mind it has the protagonist, Ai Ling, front and centre, dressed in a Chinese style But the book wasn t selling This was partly because mainstream bookstores didn t stock it, although I know that this isn t a surprise, at least in the case of Borders In any case, the publisher, in making the paperback, decided to redo the cover Now, according to Cindy Pon herself, she totally supports the decision of her publisher, and they are working to include Chinese elements and keep those elements strongly present in the covers But looking at the covers, which you can see here, I don t see that I see something that looks a lotlike urban fantasy That looks like it might be the cover of any number of the YA books I ve picked up and usually, put straight back down again with a sigh Her clothing, the little we can see of her face she lookslike me than she looks like the original vision of Ai Ling.In any case, in all this discussion, I got interested in the book and bought it the hardcover, with the original artwork I m told that this isn t going to help, but I wanted to read this book, and to be able to talk about it, and to have it with the original artwork.I ordered it, it arrived today, and I finished it just before I started writing this It s easy to read and very accessible, and the story surprised me in two very major ways and a couple ofminor ones It really isn t anything like the Generic YA Book my brain conjured up on looking at the new covers The mythology is somewhat new to me, and it s lovely to wander through a story in which what happens next isn t what I would expect from a typical Western fantasy novel The plot is bold it doesn t shy away from rape and death, from men trying to force young girls to do what they want.Parts of the plot felt a little thin to me, unfortunately The sheer onslaught of the demons, and the way Ai Ling s powers quickly develop to handle any problem, are part of that, and also that I didn t feel that the problem, the climax, was quite worth the level of supernatural intervention we were seeing I didn t feel major peril to the whole land of Xia, only to Ai Ling herself That part is well written tense, a little difficult to read, in the way that it should be but it didn t quite seem to fit And the freedom Ai Ling is given doesn t feel realistic although, granted, that s based partially on my own limited and Western understanding of the conditions in China for women in an equivalent sort of time period.This next bit is spoilery, because I want to talk about the two big surprises and one of the minor ones.The first surprise we get to know and like a character who ultimately dies I was so sure Ai Ling would go through with her plan to bring him back, but she doesn t I think that s great A touch of realism Acceptance that you have to let someone go no matter how much you like them.The second surprise the potential love interests do not fall into each other s arms at the end I expected it all along and was glad when it didn t happen It s different.The minor surprise of most note Ai Ling loves to eat Here is a girl who thinks food is important, who enjoys eating I don t know to what extent the attitude is reflected in YA, but the girls I knew at the age of seventeen were all about being thin Open enjoyment of food well Not really the done thing But here is Ai Ling, enjoying food It made me smile so much.Overall, it was a story I enjoyed I enjoyed the characters, the plot, the mythology, the clear and easy prose style It isn t my top recommendation of this year, or anything like that, but it s a solid and entertaining story, and if this review has intrigued you in any way, I hope you ll pick it up.08 02 2011 An edit to add in a couple of links A critique of the feminism of this book, and a critique of the writing and plotting Both are very negative toward the book interesting reading, even if you enjoyed it perhaps especially if you enjoyed it, as you have to re examine your feelings on the topic

  3. Kayt O& says:

    So I saw the cover art for the first time, and I was like YEEESSSS And then I saw reviews on the book blogs I read, and they were like NO And then over a year later I found it at the library and saw the cover again, and was like YES YES YES YES YES And then I read it, and was like Okay Because it sounds good, right Asian action adventure fantasy with a strong female lead And that cover There was no reason not to read it Except for the reviews that didn t like heroine Ai Ling because they So I saw the cover art for the first time, and I was like YEEESSSS And then I saw reviews on the book blogs I read, and they were like NO And then over a year later I found it at the library and saw the cover again, and was like YES YES YES YES YES And then I read it, and was like Okay Because it sounds good, right Asian action adventure fantasy with a strong female lead And that cover There was no reason not to read it Except for the reviews that didn t like heroine Ai Ling because they said she was a bad feminist character And then I forgot about them And then when I remembered them, I decided to ignore them because there have been several instances where I disagree with the reviews I read, and also that cover was pretty and begged me to read it.And yeah, I kinda ended up disagreeing with the reviews that I no longer actually remember in detail, but only because Ai Ling didn t have enough personality to be much of anything Neither did the other characters Is she atraditional Xian girl More untraditionally feisty Readers get both vibes in a way that doesn t mix Is there a particular reason we care about love interest Chen Yong Not really, except for his designation Are most secondary characters ridiculously flat Absolutely Do the bad guys get any characterization besides WE ARE BAD Nuh uh The only character worth paying attention to is Li Rong, side character and flirt extraordinaire Ai Ling isn t the brightest girl So they meet a stranger in a mythological setting, Ai Ling wants to go with him to his city to get help, Chen Yong isn t sure and asks her to use her awesome super special weirdly defined coming from nowhere powers to read his mind Guy s mind the chief will be much pleased.Do you a find outabout this guy before going b not go with him because he sounds sketchy c go with him because he sounds totally legit If you chose Option C, congrats, you have the brain of Ai Ling It is a stupid brain.And the story itself Did it want to bea historical ish, since it was a China analogue fantasy land adventure Fantasy Or focused on Ai Ling s growth Because again, the book can t decide what it wants to do, and thus it falls flat everywhere.A third of the way through, I vaguely remembered a reviewer noting the openings of the chapters and how repetitive they were I remembered this because a chapter had just opened with Ai Ling waking up for the third time No, really, check it out Chapter 4Ai Ling awoke to the sound of twigs crackling on a fire 6Ai Ling woke on the hard ground 8Ai Ling walked at a brisk pace, already wondering where she would find a place to sleep 9Ai Ling woke with a start and sat straight up 11Ai Ling woke before daybreak, stirred by violent dreams 13Ai Ling sat up and rubbed her face, embarrassed to be the last one to rise 14Ai Ling woke from a dreamless sleep 15Ai Ling woke to find Chen Yong steering the pivot as it he d done it many times before 18Ai Ling dreamed of Li Rong.Seven Seven out of twenty chapters have her waking up, and another two have to do with sleep And they all start with her name Actually, a grand total of 13 chapters begin with AI LING counting chapter five below, since the first sentence is so very short Chapter 3Ai Ling traveled onward through the night, guided by the half moon 5It was midday Ai Ling wiped the sweat from her brow and touched the top of her head 7Ai Ling climbed down the narrow stairs 20Ai Ling tapped on Chen Yong s bedchamber door at dawn Yeesh.This is the kind of book I would rather recommend to myself in 7th grade, because I would have picked up Tamora Pierce s Alanna books the year before, and I loved pseudo historical fantasy adventures, but I wouldn t have noticed the flaws as much That s why it s a 3 star review it kept my attention enough, and would beenjoyable for a younger reader.Like the whole mythological immortals mentions view spoiler The book really seems to be setting itself up for action adventure, with a bit of magic done by the main character though that also feels forced and then suddenly HERE TRAVEL THROUGH MYTHOLOGICAL LANDS AND MEET GODS AND DRAGONS FOR A CHANGE Wait, what Very different from the bits of power Ai Ling had and the nightmare demons that occasionally accosted them hide spoiler And then there s this Lady in White, who they re going to see but don t know why And then there s a monster Who canmake you switch places with someone else when it blinks What How is that even a useful attribute What was the purpose besidesreally big spoilerview spoiler killing Li Rong That whole thing was just weird I have to try and save Li Rong I can do this by cutting out his heart from his dead body and doing some mystical thingy within a monthseveral chapters passI never did anything with it and it played no part for the rest of the book Let me dispose of this in your memory, Li Rong That is, possibly, not an exact quote.And related because it s from the Lady in White take these tears of yours I just turned into glass You ll know when you need themseveral chapters passAi Ling takes the tears and they remind her that she was sad when Li Rong died Obviously, she would have forgotten him otherwise except for his heart, in a jar, in her knapsack and would have just gone along with everything and not killed Zhong Ye.No Bad writing There was nothing in the text to indicate that anything would have been different without them hide spoiler Oh, and the Silver Phoenix of the title view spoiler Ai Ling s previous incarnation hide spoiler Which was a really odd plot thingy by itself, but why the sudden English wordsTo make the title appealing Because it is, but EVERY other character had a Chinese name It was jarring and weird.And one last thing the country is Xia, so the people of this country are called Xian However, Xian is also shorthand for Christian like Xmas is Christmas So every single time the nationality was used, which was quite a lot, I immediately wondered why we were suddenly talking about a religion that didn t even exist in the book

  4. Sarah MacLean says:

    Okthe back copy of SILVER PHOENIX references Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is one of my favorite movies of all timeso I had extremely high hopes for this one And Cindy Pon delivers Ai Ling is an amazing character, I can t decide which I want to dobe her BFF or hire her to be my bitchin bodyguard There s a perfectly vile villain and a rich, wonderfully built world that sucks you in And can we talk about Chen Yong And how much I love him He s hawt And tough Which happ Okthe back copy of SILVER PHOENIX references Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is one of my favorite movies of all timeso I had extremely high hopes for this one And Cindy Pon delivers Ai Ling is an amazing character, I can t decide which I want to dobe her BFF or hire her to be my bitchin bodyguard There s a perfectly vile villain and a rich, wonderfully built world that sucks you in And can we talk about Chen Yong And how much I love him He s hawt And tough Which happens to be exactly how I like my action heroes This is one book you can judge by its cover Fricken Awesome

  5. Kristi says:

    Silver Phoenix was a fascinating novel I literally could not stop reading it once I started It was beautifully written and I was completely captivated by the world and characters that Cindy created I thought Ai Ling was a very well developed protag She was impulsive, courageous, yet shy, selfish, and yet compassionate I wish we would have been divulged into the entire history of Silver Phoenix I want to knowabout her I loved the creatures that were presented in this novel and all of Silver Phoenix was a fascinating novel I literally could not stop reading it once I started It was beautifully written and I was completely captivated by the world and characters that Cindy created I thought Ai Ling was a very well developed protag She was impulsive, courageous, yet shy, selfish, and yet compassionate I wish we would have been divulged into the entire history of Silver Phoenix I want to knowabout her I loved the creatures that were presented in this novel and all of the different lands that AI Ling and Chen Yong traveled though That type of element truly fascinates me I would love to read, The Book of the Dead, The Book of Devine and The Book of Lands Beyond that were referenced to throughout the novel The plot was very fast paced it never faltered or lulled. Ai Ling is constantly battling evil beings and I reveled in her butt kicking abilities Even though she was traveling with two very capable boys she never expected them to fight her battles Another aspect of the novel that I loved, and this really doesn t have much to do with my overall recommendation to read the books, but all that talk of food Oh MY There was an abundance of mouth watering meals that were deliciously descriptive I m hungry just thinking about it Overall a completely satisfying read for fantasy fans I m hoping to seeof these characters

  6. Yan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Silver Phoenix definitely was a fantasy read The way it was written made me think of an RPG role playing game Granted I have not played a single video game in my entire life but I like to watch others play It was set up as a fight monster A, talk to townspeople, fight monster B, eat and rest, and so forth until you fight final boss And let me tell you, they ate quite frequently and was told in great detail After a while even I started to get hungry, mostly because I have eaten many of the Silver Phoenix definitely was a fantasy read The way it was written made me think of an RPG role playing game Granted I have not played a single video game in my entire life but I like to watch others play It was set up as a fight monster A, talk to townspeople, fight monster B, eat and rest, and so forth until you fight final boss And let me tell you, they ate quite frequently and was told in great detail After a while even I started to get hungry, mostly because I have eaten many of the food described so I can imagine it, and ended skimming through those scenes And there was many of those scenes skimmed Kill final boss, gigantic scene where spirits and sparkly lights come out of said boss s mouth Heroes or heroine in this case goes back home after completing her goal.Cindy Pon had a never ending supply of mystical creatures Some were interesting, others disturbing, but they were all, how should I say this, unique But some scenes had me twitching like a rabid bunny The Life Seeker can easily be distinguished by the extra breast on her sternum The tips are dark blue, as her tongue and womanhood Legend has it that the extra breast was given to replace the heart she does not have This is also a creature that wears a sheer top so you really cannot miss the other thing sticking out Thankfully that is about the worst of the demons.Another twitching scene Don t worry, Ai Ling My manhood may be sitting in a jar, but I can still satisfy you in every way I may not be a guy, but this still makes me cringe and uncomfortable Speaking of awkwardness, this book talks about rape and sex so if are not comfortable or allowed to read about such topics, then I suggest ask permission or skip those scenes It is only a few short scenes, but a disclaimer can never hurt anyone.This was a fast paced book that took you all over the lands From country side to country side, to the heavens and below, the reader embarks on the journey with Ai Ling The tales were riveting and the details and explanations were exceptionally acute Sometimes beingof the focal point than the actual plot Ai Ling and the rest of the characters took some time to get used to She was a bit stubborn and na ve but later learned to tolerate What I would have wished for thedetails of Silver Phoenix, Ai Ling is the reincarnation of her I think it would be a great idea if she wrote a sequel prequel type of book told in Silver Phoenix s point of view It would clear up a lot of questions as well as provide another fascinating read Also this may be an ARC issue of not, but towards the end, Ai Ling s father talks about Chen Yong s past There is a sudden shift of point of views that took a while to figure out and by the time I did, it went back to third person You know, with the he s she s instead of I s, either the editors missed some quotations marked or they did notice this fumble Overall I hope to see some type of sequel to this gorgeously written novel

  7. Jacob Proffitt says:

    I have never come so close to literally throwing a book through a wall The only thing that stopped me was that it was past midnight and Melissa was sleeping peacefully and didn t deserve to be woken by mayhem I was well on my way to a five star rating until the ending I m still a little reluctant to only drop it to threeSo yeah, it s an original oriental flavored fantasy with a strong female lead and really fantastic support from Chen Yong Ai Ling afore mentioned female lead has one wea I have never come so close to literally throwing a book through a wall The only thing that stopped me was that it was past midnight and Melissa was sleeping peacefully and didn t deserve to be woken by mayhem I was well on my way to a five star rating until the ending I m still a little reluctant to only drop it to threeSo yeah, it s an original oriental flavored fantasy with a strong female lead and really fantastic support from Chen Yong Ai Ling afore mentioned female lead has one weak moment and one TSTL moment but I mostly got past both particularly as she redeems the weak moment later on.Indeed, Pon does a fantastic job crafting a quest journey fantasy into something deeper by giving the heroic encounters along the way a narrative and unifying purpose Ai Ling finds herself trying to solve the mystery of why are so many evil things seemingly out to get her even as she struggles just to survive Both the assistance she finds as well as the resistance flow from a central narrative purpose that comes to a marvelous and beautiful conclusion that was as creepy as it was effective It s extremely well done and all the book had to do for its five star rating was end and preferably wrap up well, but I d have settled for simply ending.Unfortunately, the last chapter completely betrays Ai Ling by making her suddenly weak and stupid And yes, I m going to spoiler tag the rest view spoiler Throughout the story, Ai Ling is courageous in both physical and emotional situations She holds together despite threatened slavery and sexual assault and manages to brave through the loss of Li Rong despite a bit of temporary denial Further, she has a stunning example of a successful love match in her parents Chen Yong even says how he sees the power of a marriage with love at its heart in his own parents So she can t own up to her feelings towards him why She s flouted tradition in every conceivable way regarding marriage, I see no reason she wouldn t just tell him she loves him Heck, the narrative through line regarding her gift practically begs her to do so without first ascertaining his feelings towards her Talk about an ultimate culmination of her determination to do right with it But no Pon has to save that for a sequel for no other reason than that she wants to save it for a sequel Ask yourself this if there hadn t been the prospect of a sequel, would that ending have held up at all No Two people who love and trust each other I m taking Chen Yong s love for granted here, I think not without cause and are further pretty much unmarriageable to anybody else due to cultural circumstances beyond their control should have marriage to each other practically screaming at them from both internal and external sources Heck, Ai Ling s own parents seem to be in on her feelings perfectly well and if nobody else suggests it they should have Gah hide spoiler Anyway, with that ending I m a bit torn about picking up the sequel A character betrayal that manipulative bodes ill for Pon s commitment to her characters and I shudder to think how she could mess things up in order to service a continuing storyline particularly if this is supposed to be a longer series than just the two books

  8. oliviasbooks says:

    Another book that has to go unfinished after 108 pages.In the beginning I had a good feeling Although the characters behaved a little anachronistically, which is completely alright for a fantasy novel set in an alternative version of an existing region, I liked them and I enjoyed the lush and exotic scenery the food, the fabric, the means of transport The problems started with the onset of the road trip plot The heroine flees an arranged marriage to an old, rich pervert and goes to sear Another book that has to go unfinished after 108 pages.In the beginning I had a good feeling Although the characters behaved a little anachronistically, which is completely alright for a fantasy novel set in an alternative version of an existing region, I liked them and I enjoyed the lush and exotic scenery the food, the fabric, the means of transport The problems started with the onset of the road trip plot The heroine flees an arranged marriage to an old, rich pervert and goes to search for her disappeared father outfitted with just one magical protection amulet, some food and a small bundle of clothes After a few stops the heroine gets permanently attacked by mythical creatures and accosted by sex hungry geezers I surmised the following The novel turned into something like a passive role playing game, where you press the fight button and the game does the rest All the moves, all the talk, all the staying fit and out of reach The heroine had by pure chance read a book about supernatural monsters before leaving her home and can thus identify them, when they attack But even that is not really necessary for the plot, for the multi talented protection amulet immediately starts doing what it is meant to do Smashing beasts and demons around, whacking potential rapists to pulp etc After that the heroine cleans her clothes, rests her body and licks her wounds Until the next incident.Very unsatisfactory, indeed

  9. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) says:

    DNF at about 20% according to my Kindle Ai Ling is too passive of a character for me I want characters who act, not react, but she only ever operates as a reactive character Plus I m tired of the fantasy superpatriarchies.If I d read it earlier in my time as a YA blogger, I might have gotten along better with Silver Phoenix Who knows I just know what I ve got from this book is not entertaining me.

  10. Jackie "the Librarian" says:

    This is a decent fantasy set in ancient China here called Xia that incorporates demons and other folkloric elements into this quest tale Seventeen year old Ai Ling s father was once a high ranking official at the emperor s court Because of his role in shielding a love affair between one of the emperor s concubines and a foreign scholar, he was forced to leave in disgrace Now, he has been called back to the court, and has not returned It is up to Ai Ling to rescue him from the evil forces h This is a decent fantasy set in ancient China here called Xia that incorporates demons and other folkloric elements into this quest tale Seventeen year old Ai Ling s father was once a high ranking official at the emperor s court Because of his role in shielding a love affair between one of the emperor s concubines and a foreign scholar, he was forced to leave in disgrace Now, he has been called back to the court, and has not returned It is up to Ai Ling to rescue him from the evil forces holding him there, aided by her unusual ability to read minds, and the jade pendant her father gave her which has protective abilities and a variety of powers Too many powers for the good of the book, actually It becomes a deus ex machine, saving the day over and over again.Along the road, she is joined by Chen Long, a young man of mixed heritage His past is intertwined with Ai Ling s, which readers will figure out immediately, but the characters will not discover until the end Together they battle the demons that Ai Ling s adversaries have sent against her, and also accept the help of goddesses on whose side they are fighting I was surprised by the big climactic battle between Ai Ling and her father s adversary, because of the sexually graphic nature of the encounter This, for me, places the book squarely in young adult territory, and I wouldn t hand this to elementary age kids.I wish Ai Ling would have relied less on the pendant, andon her own strengths to survive her journey, or even that she had to figure out how to use the pendant s magic to make it work for her As it was, she was a bit too passive as a heroine for my tastes For aself reliant heroine, I recommend Tamora Pierce s Alanna books There s no character development here, just quest with a side of mild romance But because of the way the book leaves Ai Ling s and Chen Long s relationship unresolved, I expect a sequel Not bad, I enjoyed the Chinese setting and the unfamiliar demons and goddesses, but not great either I give this one a shrug.WashYARG book

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