Sunday, February 20, 2011

Silver Phoenix, Review

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.

Okay...give my some time to do a recap of the book since there is some time i've read it....*yiota thinks*....

I would describe Silver Phoenix as one of those classic japanese stories. I don't know how many of you've watch movies like Howl's Moving Castle, with weird creatures which doesn't really make sense, but the book is exactly like that but not so childish. The writing was captivating, exotic and is exactly like watching an anime movie.
Good things: Great and strong plot. Without turning around a romance, with depth and well created characters. Amazing descriptions and lovable characters. Strong and clever villain with surprising actions on how to destroy our heroes. The romance wasn't the main thing of the story, and it was presented a little every time in a way it made you like it even more.
Bad things: All those weird monsters, with many heads and other weird stuff were too unreal. I always find them as a bad idea in those Japanese stories. Also, the romance didn't turn out as i wanted and i got mad :P

Overall i really liked the book and i finished it in one night. I will admit, i've read it cause of its cover but I got really into it, even it wasn't such an "wow". Now, i can't wait for the next one.

Challenges: E-books 2011, 100 Books in 2011, Wish I'd Read That


  1. we have GOT to stop bying books of series, they will put us in bankrupsy :P

  2. Not my type of book but I have to say what an incredibly beautiful cover! I especially love the dragon in the corners, rounds it out nicely.

  3. I agree with Kaity! The cover is stunning. The premise seems fascinating. Thanks for the review!

  4. Johnny: Sometimes we buy books and we don't know if they are series or not....That used to happen to me a lot the past years....

    By the way, nice cover....I would read the book for its cover too....

  5. i plan on reading this one soon. ooo, i like this cover just as much as the other version. and, squeee, book 2 is coming out next month ;-D

  6. This sounds really interesting and like lots of people mentioned the cover is beautiful!

  7. this is not my style, but the cover is so beautiful.. **(i always agree with nina, never with yiota) XD

  8. Athanasia: We had differences in the past about the covers....For mw the cover plays a serious role on reading a book(except the ones that are series)....


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