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September 18, 2009

Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon

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 quarters.
But 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 imagined.
Bravery, 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 help.
It 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 more.

First of all just look at the cover, it is beautiful! 

This book was very interesting, the story line was really different because the main character did not know that she was destined for greatness until the middle of the book which was refreshing from the normal 5 pages into the book the main character finds out that they are wonderful or whatever. 

Let me just say that I love books with strong female main characters! I am so glad that so many of them are coming out. This book definitely falls into that category. Ai Ling is so strong and believable because she admits that she has flaws and doubts herself like anyone would. Also Chen Yong is a great friend for her, he is a great part of this book because he helps her and she helps him in return. 

I really enjoyed all of the cultural parts of the book. The creatures were very interesting and vivid. I could not put this book down after I picked it up. It was fast paced and was a never ending ride. The only problem I had was that I wished I knew more about Silver Phoenix because she plays such a big part but I wished I knew more about that side of Ai Ling.




  1. This sounds really good. I love the cover too. Going to have to add this to my wishlist. Thanks for the review!


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