Dark Serpent: Celestial Battle: Book One

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The First Book in Bestselling Author Kylie Chan's Thrilling Celestial Battle Trilogy

When the ancestry of Xuan Wu's fiancée, Emma, is revealed, it threatens the harmony of the whole Celestial realm. The demons are gathering, powerful alliances are being made and stone Shen are under threat. However, Xuan Wu is distracted—he must save Emma from the Demon King and give her the elixir of immortality, but at what cost?

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Overview

The First Book in Bestselling Author Kylie Chan's Thrilling Celestial Battle Trilogy

When the ancestry of Xuan Wu's fiancée, Emma, is revealed, it threatens the harmony of the whole Celestial realm. The demons are gathering, powerful alliances are being made and stone Shen are under threat. However, Xuan Wu is distracted—he must save Emma from the Demon King and give her the elixir of immortality, but at what cost?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062329066
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Celestial Battle Trilogy, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 206,170
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kylie Chan is the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang trilogies. She married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony and lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now lives in Queensland, Australia, with her two children.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Dark Serpent is the eighth novel by Australian author, Kylie Cha

    Dark Serpent is the eighth novel by Australian author, Kylie Chan, and is the first book in the Celestial Battle Trilogy. It follows on immediately from the last book of the Journey to Wudang Trilogy, Heaven to Wudang. Xuan Wu’s Snake is still captive in the Demon King’s grasp, and numerous efforts are made to free it. But then an edict from the Jade Emperor sends John and Emma, along with their Welsh visitors, Brian and Tom O’Breen, to Britain to investigate what is happening in the Western Celestial Plane. Emma finds other descendants of her ancestors, but soon also realises she is not only most unwelcome at Holyhead, but also in great danger. Emma and John discovers Emma’s true nature and how she came to be that way, as well as learning of the plans that the Demon King and his Western counterpart have for the Eastern Celestial Plane. Countless sentient Stones are missing and the Grandmother (Uluru) makes an appearance. The number of times that Emma is captured and freed will just about have the reader’s mind spinning; add to that the number of times John dies and visits Court Ten, and some dizziness is bound to result. Chan is not afraid to kill off characters, including one from the first book of the Dark Heavens Trilogy. This instalment has plenty of Celtic mythology as well as a bit of Greek and Roman input; an interesting take on the Christian religions; fearful new (and sometimes virtually undetectable) variants of demons; input from the Blue Dragon and the Red Phoenix; a celestial version of GPS; pregnancy, miscarriage and hysterectomy; plenty of battles and deaths; and a unicorn-like qilin. This novel is narrated in part by Emma (first person) and part by John (third person), and while Chan states the reader could start with this one, there is virtually no recap, so without having read previous novels in the series, the reader would be quite lost. Chan does include a very handy list of characters at the end, and it is to be hoped this will also be done for the next two books, tentatively titled Demon Child and Black Jade. This one has plenty of action, some humour and a bit of heartache, making it a cracking good read that will have fans eager for the next instalment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Mmmmm

    I like Kylie Chan's writing, but I wonder if there are some biases towards minorities. Sure Leo is African American, but she writes about the one black person she knows. Just curious, but that has not stopped me from reading all her books thus far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Scarlet Wood

    Name: durdahdur Nickname: Red Hood
    Looks: Black curly hair and a red cloak she wears everywhere.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Kavins bio

    Name. Really wow just wow. Age. 16. Description. Tall muscular brown hair blue eyes. Wears. His old rp roman armor. Likes. Stuff. Dislikes. Other stuff. Crush. Yes and its.......................................none ya buisness. Anything else ask

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Kina's Bio

    NAME: Kina Kasui Ataela. Just Kina, thank you very much. <br> GENDER: Female <br> AGE: She doesn't really remember. She assumes that she's about fifteen. <br> APPEARANCE: She has long, silvery hair, which is very loosely tied at the back. Her eyes are a dull gray, and she is of average height. <br> ATTIRE: She usually wears a beige wrap shirt underneath a thin black crop sweater. The right sleeve is torn just below her shoulder, leaving her arm exposed. Said arm is wrapped with a white strip of fabric, giving it a mummyish appearance. Her pants are gray, and she sports a pair of combat boots. <br> PERSONALITY: At first, though polite, she is bit dull and emotionless. But once one talks to her more, they may find that she is a rather rash but outgoing person. <br> OTHER: Just ask--it's not important enough to state here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Rileys bio

    Name: Riley. Gender: female. Costume: alice from resident evil. Looks: long red hair, tan skin, hazel eyes; wears mostly black clothing and normally carries two swords and a small dagger in her right boot. Personality: stuborn friendly caring and romantic. Other: is single. Family is dead. Anything else? Ask her.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Mosca

    Tall Russian beauty. 5'11, 107 lbs. 17 years old. Smooth brown hair, bright but cold cerulean eyes. Halloween costume is Artemis.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    ⓙⓤⓥⓘⓐ and alice updated bio

    Juvia; character from fairy tail (blue hair ect) other you can find online <br>
    alice;&#9819 name: my name is not alice oh wait look up || description; &female blonde curly hair with green eyes that can chang to blue during a mood swing. Barly tan skin small hands and feet. She also haves a few freckles in summer over her nose and under her eyes. &#9788 magic; specializes in her hunting magic(bows and special arrows magical &#9820 and &#9822 inchanted traps ect.) &#9824 Other magic; potions (eat me {cake} drink me {potion}{like alice in wonderland})&#9829 crush.... um definitly not"are you sure".......... what are you talking about (&#9829 yes) personality; a bit sarcastic at times but usally nice. She enjoys learning about the world ad pondering though she may not make sense...&#9830 non magic abilities; i can fall down a rabbit whole&#9827 [ im ok at art i can cook a decent singer and i can play piano] <br>
    Ying and yang; &#9786 &#9787 two puppies they are juvias an alices magic; (like blue excorcist dogs ) air magic preatty playful

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Nonu bio

    Xxj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Megaman

    My god, you aee completely oblivious to the gaming community if you don't even know what megaman looka like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Misa's bio

    Name: Misa. Gender: Female. Hair: dark purple, short, and bangs covering her right eye. Eyes: bright blue. Magic: ice. Wears: blue tank top, shorts and sneakers. Age: a teenager. Anything else: ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Gray

    You should know what he looks like!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Jess bio

    Name:jessie ((yes im a GIRL!!))
    Age: a number
    Looks:red hair green eyes tall curvy pale and single
    Persinality:can be feisty and sarcastic but once you know her she is kind caring funny and goofy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Tal

    Boy longish brown hair deep green eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Scratching my head

    Sincerely disappointed it's not worth it and it's very confusing and annoying there is a fourth book?????????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    awesome continuation

    i love all of the emma donahoe books. and this is another great addition. i can't wait for the remaining books in the set to see how this all turns out.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    very good

    this book following in the steps of the other books in series

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    Posted July 30, 2014

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    Posted June 28, 2014

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