Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Silver Phoenix
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-173021-4 (Hardcover)
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Grades 9-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Grades 9-12
Year/Setting: Ancient China
Overall rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Cindy's Website: www.cindypon.com
Ai Ling was only an unbetrothed, seventeen year old Xian girl when she set out to bring her father home from the Emperor’s Palace. Her father needs her betrothed because finances are getting low and a man from the village is trying to blackmail Ai Ling into marrying him. Little did she know that this journey would change her life.
Along the way Ai Ling is saved from drowning by Chen Yong. Chen Yong is half Xian and on a mission to find out about his birth parents. Together along with Chen Yong's younger brother Li Rong they are thrust into a mythical world they all thought only existed in the stories they had read or been told in childhood.
What Ai Ling doesn't know is that she is the reincarnation of Silver Phoenix. Silver Phoenix is or was the soulmate of the Emperor’s top advisor, Zhen Ni, whom is also immortal. Zhen Ni has been looking for Silver Phoenix for centuries. Now that Zhen Ni has found Silver Phoenix, this love adviser is doing anything she can to either keep Ai Ling from the palace or kill her. What Zhen Ni's current jealous love didn't count on was the power that Ai Ling holds and the help she receives from Chen Yong and Li Rong.
I loved everything about this book. The way Ai Ling, Chen Yong, and Li Rong interacted with one another was very well written. Ai Ling with her shyness, Chen Yong with always being the gentlemen and a protector. Li Rong who, while serious, was the most fun of the three with his constant flirting and the way he keeps things light. All together they made a really great team and reading the interactions and the way they fought for and protected one another was what made this book captivating.
I also loved how she wrote the mythical portions into this book. The dragons and goddesses were very well written and explained so you could see them in front of you, like you were really there. The detail was excellent.
I would definitely recommend this book to read!
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