Series: Kingdom of Xia #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on April 28th 2009
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.
I've had it on my shelf for more than a year and on my wishlist even longer than that. It was about time to finally pick it up. An adventurous story set in the Asia of old, this tale takes you on a journey that will astound you. I loved the visual imagery along with the unique characters and fantastical situations that occurred. Gorgeously well-written with a cinematic feel, Silver Phoenix will take you to a world that is beyond beautiful and filled with creatures both glorious and dangerous.
Ai Ling and Chen Yong were both such unique characters. They had such drive to continue on and complete their journeys. I really loved watching them fall in love slowly throughout the book. I think anyone interested in Asian culture will enjoy this novel, especially if they also enjoy fantasy.