Silver Phoenix

Silver Phoenix 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

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 2009 s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice Month9Books were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus an

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • Silver Phoenix
  • Cindy Pon
  • English
  • 01 March 2017
  • 9780061730214

10 thoughts on “Silver Phoenix

  1. says:

    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 About On 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 me She 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 trees There 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 tasty A 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 feminism Why were women always seen as things to be possessed by men in these tales, never worth than 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 and or 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 Yong I know I m very traditional in thought But you have to believe that I value women for than 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.

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    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 lot like 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 looks like 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 of minor 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.

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    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 a traditional 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 out about 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 be a 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 4 Ai Ling awoke to the sound of twigs crackling on a fire 6 Ai Ling woke on the hard ground 8 Ai Ling walked at a brisk pace, already wondering where she would find a place to sleep 9 Ai Ling woke with a start and sat straight up 11 Ai Ling woke before daybreak, stirred by violent dreams 13 Ai Ling sat up and rubbed her face, embarrassed to be the last one to rise 14 Ai Ling woke from a dreamless sleep 15 Ai Ling woke to find Chen Yong steering the pivot as it he d done it many times before 18 Ai 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 3 Ai Ling traveled onward through the night, guided by the half moon 5 It was midday Ai Ling wiped the sweat from her brow and touched the top of her head 7 Ai Ling climbed down the narrow stairs 20 Ai 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 be enjoyable 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

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    EARTH FIRE WIND WATER HEART Dan muncullah Captain Planet, seorang superhero yang terbentuk dari kekuatan alam dan dibungkus dengan kekuatan cinta manusia Salah satu film kartun yang sangat saya sukai waktu kecil Lima remaja berbeda bangsa Terberkati dengan kekuatan super yang berbeda Bersatu untuk menciptakan kekuatan yang lebih super dan bertanggung jawab untuk menyelamatkan dunia Waktu kecil, saya suka berkhayal menjadi salah satu dari anak anak itu, memiliki kekuatan super untuk baiklah, bukan untuk menyelamatkan dunia, tapi untuk bisa disombongkan ke teman teman saya yang lain Saya berkhayal, dengan melompat saja, bisa nyolong jambu air tetangga yang sudah merah menggoda dari jarak jauh, saya bisa ngejitak teman yang menyebalkan walaupun sempat sadar kalau saya sudah termasuk orang yang menyebalkan dengan melakukannya Jadi untunglah, saya tidak pernah menjadi bagian dari kekuatan Captain Planet, karena kehadiran saya malah bisa menurunkan pangkatnya jadi Corporal Planet Beberapa tahun kemudian, ada Spiderman versi film Dibandingkan dengan tokoh tokoh superhero yang ada, Spiderman dengan sejumlah alasan menjadi superhero paling favorit buat saya Menyingkirkan, Batman dan Superman, apalagi Superman Pinky heheheSebuah kutipan yang membekas ketika menonton film Spiderman adalah Peter Parker voiceover Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words With great power comes great responsibility This is my gift, my curse Who am I I m Spider man.Kutipan itu semakin memperjelas kenapa saya tidak terpilih untuk dianugrahi kekuatan super semacam itu Dalam sebuah cerita fantasi, sangat umum untuk menemukan sejumlah tokohnya yang memiliki kekuatan super Demikian halnya dengan Ai Ling dalam buku Silver Phoenix Sebuah kekuatan super dianugrahkan kepadanya dan tak ketinggalan sebuah tanggung jawab juga diletakkan di bahunya.Petualangan Ai Ling dilatari oleh keinginannya untuk mencari ayahnya ke istana Dalam perjalanan, pencarian itu malah berubah menjadi sebuah petualangan untuk menyelamatkan ayahnya Termasuk bertemu dengan dewi dewi penghuni negeri atas, bertempur dengan monster yang menyebabkan salah satu teman seperjalanannya mati, menunggangi naga, dan berkesempatan menyaksikan makhluk berpayudara tiga huhmakhluk yang maruk Benang merah yang bisa saya tarik dari cerita Silver Phoenix ini adalah petualangan Ai Ling untuk menuntaskan sesuatu yang belum tuntas di masa lalu Jadi, tidak lagi hanya sekedar untuk menyelamatkan ayahnya Tapi sayangnya, apa yang terjadi di masa lalu itu tidak diceritakan lebih jauh Dan siapa itu Silver Phoenix hanya dimunculkan di bagian belakang cerita Sehingga membuatku berfantasi, mungkin Petualangan Ai Ling lebih cocok jadi judul buku ini karena nama Ai Ling lah yang disebut sebut dari awal sampai akhir cerita Atau mungkin Silver Phoenix Petualangan Ai Ling Atau mungkin, ada prolog mengenai Silver Phoenix ini Baiklah, akan saya hentikan sebelum fantasi saya berubah menjadi sotoy Berhasilkah Ai Ling menuntaskan tugasnya Siapa sebenarnya Silver Phoenix Dan seberapa serukah petualangan Ai Ling Atau, jangan jangan Ai Ling mempergunakan kekuatannya untuk urusan cinta Jawabannya bisa Anda tanyakan pada Cindy Pon, selaku penulisnya, atau silahkan baca bukunya saja.Sebagai buku fantasi, cerita dalam buku ini tidak cukup ampuh untuk membuatku mampu membayangkan petualangan Ai Ling yang jauh dilubuk hati saya yang paling dalam sebenarnya seru Awalnya, saya membayangkan akan menemukan pertempuran pertempuran seru dengan menggunakan jurus jurus kungfu yang dahsyat mandraguna lebay Pertempuran Ai Ling beserta dua temannya melawan monster terbayang biasa biasa saja dalam khayalanku Baiklah, mungkin hal ini terjadi karena waktu kecil dan bahkan sampai sekarang saya sangat suka membaca dan menonton sesuatu yang berhubungan dengan jurus jurus kungfu tingkat tinggi, sehingga membuat fantasi saya berharap terlalu banyak Dan bagi saya, alasan awal kepergian Ai Ling untuk meninggalkan rumah dan mencari ayahnya mengingatkan saya akan cerita sinetron Intinya menurut saya, jalan ceritanya terlalu biasa untuk sebuah cerita fantasi Deskripsi deskripsinya juga terlalu datar untuk dikhayalkan Tapi, dibilang membosankan, tidak juga karena saya masih mampu bertahan untuk menyelesaikannya Tapi dibilang sebuah petualangan yang mempesona, tidak juga Makanya saya kasih dua setengah bintang Ngomong ngomong, desain sampul dan isinya keren.

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    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 know about 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 see of these characters

  6. 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 do be 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.

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    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 being of 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 the details 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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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