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Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, Book 2) (Silver Phoenix) Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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"Cindy Pon's writing is beautiful, conjuring up images of breathless adventure, heart-stopping romance, dangerous demons, and hidden secrets... A thrilling ride from start to finish."
"One of the most unique YA fantasies I've ever read. It is sexy and thrilling... She writes with an appealing lightness and energy that gives great motion to the story."
--Malinda Lo, Author of Ash and Huntress
"Vivid, creative, rich, and sexy!"
-Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times Bestselling Author
of The Heir Chronicles and Seven Realms series
About the Author
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, named one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth by Booklist. She lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.
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Ai Ling spends much of her part of the novel either on board the ship taking her and Chen Yong to Jiang Dao or in in Jiang Dao itself. I have only two minor complaints with the novel and both have to do with setting. The opening scene of the novel has Ai Ling very improbably boarding and stowing away on a sailing vessel (at sea). It is impossible for me to imagine it happening as described and put me off in the first chapter. The second complaint has to do with the country of Jiang Dao. The author states in the afterword that Jiang Dao is not supposed to be Europe. Unfortunately, Xia is so clearly inspired by ancient China that I was constantly attempting to figure out which European country was supposed to be Jiang Dao. Don't do this. Jiang Dao is a completely fabricated country containing an assortment of elements of European culture.
Here's the good news: Fury of the Phoenix is excellent! It reads as a straight-up, grown-up fantasy novel and I was completely engaged throughout. The story of Ai Ling and Chen Yong's journey and relationship was well-written and perfectly paced. Having said that, I was even more engrossed by Zong Ye's story of his descent into evil. If a major draw of Silver Phoenix was setting and action, the big draw of Fury of the Phoenix is character and discovery (and a great lead-up to a thrilling climax). I highly recommend both books and look forward to the author's next work.
The relationship between Ai Ling and Chen Yong made me smile. Their awkwardness in discovering each other felt real... like young love.
If you loved the first book then I highly recommend the second one!
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