Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia

by Cindy Pon
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Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061910647
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Silver Phoenix , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 526,855
File size: 682 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, named one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth by Booklist. She lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.

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Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Emmilee More than 1 year ago
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon is a fantasy in ancient China about a girl named Ai Ling. When a man tries to black-mail her into marriage, Ai Ling runs away from home in search of her missing father. Along the way, Ai Ling runs into some supposedly fictional creatures and a boy who she has a mysterious bond with. Facing death and unwanted marriages, Ai Ling must discover the secret of destroying her old enemy. An enemy that goes back to her last incarnation. Cindy Pon has made an intriguing blend of Chinese myths and history that will pull you in and not let you go untill you finish the book. Ai Ling's story continues in Fury of the Phoenix.
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
I immediately dove into the novel and was surprised by Cindy Pon's writing. It was easy to read, very descriptive and gave the reader excellent perspective. It was easy to see myself in Ai Ling's shoes, to see the world as she did was really exciting. Ai Ling, of course, was my favorite character. She was a fierce protagonist with a kick-ass attitude, a strong persona and spunk. Can a protagonist get any better? Me thinks not. Oh and we mustn't forget the action. Yes my pretties there's a lot of it. Silver Phoenix was on the edge exciting with it's mythology and creepy crawlies popping up after each and every turn. I really enjoyed it! Romance; Silver Phoenix has it. Disappointed? Don't be! Unlike many other Young Adult novels Silver Phoenix has a slow progressing romance that isn't instantaneous and unprecedented. There's plenty of reason for it and seeing it grow was exciting and at times almost grueling. Quick romance haters will love the change of pace in Cindy Pon's debut novel. I found Silver Phoenix to be a very enjoyable and exciting read with non stop action and development that left me pining for the sequel.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
If you want to take a journey across ancient China and through mythical Chinese lands of beauty this book will not disappoint. It is also a wonderful paranormal journey with a beautiful young woman when such things were unheard of for women. Her journey to find her father is met with mythological creatures she only read about in her father's books. She also finds an enigmatic companion who's life becomes entwined with her own. Chen Young and Ai Ling become fast friends and true allies throughout this colorful, mythical adventure. This book is a wonderful and fun journey much like the art films recently making it's debut on the American culture scene. The main character Ai Ling is very likable and I love the fact that she was a strong character even though she had no defensive training and had lead a sequestered life which was typical within her ranking in society. Sometimes she was frustrating in her rash decisions, but she learned from those decisions as well. I loved that about her character. There was violence and some sexual references which may not be appropriate for very young kids, but I think it was well done and it was within a cultural reference. Older teens will love this book. I gave this book 5 stars and can't wait for the next installment of this series. "The Fury of the Phoenix" should be here in April, 2011.
gl More than 1 year ago
Ai Ling is a young girl who is raised differently from most girls. Her father had been a respected member of the Emperor's court and given his daughter the best education possible. Not only can Ai Ling read and write with a beautiful hand, she is familiar with the most sacred texts. Ai Ling is still subject to society's rules and at her betrothal meeting, Ai Ling finds that she has the ability to hear people's thoughts. She hides her gift, but Ai Ling is considered an unsuitable match and is humiliated. Her bad fortune does not end there. Her father must suddenly journey to the Emperor's court. Before he leaves, he bestows on his daughter a special pendant to keep her safe. When he fails to return, Ai Ling and her mother have no one to turn to and Ai Ling undertakes a quest to find her father and bring him home safely. During this journey, Ai Ling befriends Chen Yong, a half Xian and half Western young man who is on a quest to learn more about his parents, and Li Rong, Chen Yong's adoptive brother. Together the friends encounters mythical beasts and dangerous enemies and must face challenges that they had not imagined and could not have prepared for. To be honest, I had been very excited about the book even before I had the chance to read it. A young adult fantasy novel set in Ancient China with a young, smart and brave Chinese heroine on a quest to save her father from an evil presence in the Emperor's Court!? Count me in, I thought! Growing up, I hadn't read that many books that were set in Asia or had strong women heroines. I had read The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, but the heroine there is worlds apart for Ai Ling. While reading the book, I was very conscious that it had a young heroine whose family helped her develop her intellect and strength. Ai Ling was strong and had confidence in her abilities - this helps her through the trials ahead. I also got a kick out of how much the book reflected the flora, fauna, food and possibly myths of China so naturally in its references to images, scents and atmosphere. For instance, Ai Ling's betrothed was "a bamboo of a boy, the barely green type, with large almond eyes in a pale face." I'd be the first to admit that it's a bit silly to be happy that Ai Ling had dried mangoes and dried squid in her traveling pack and that she craved pork buns, hand pulled noodles, dumplings, and duck, but I was! I couldn't help but notice that even the scents and jewelry were Asian, from Ai Ling's mother's the gardenia oil and jade hairpin to the peonies that inspired Ai Ling to paint. Food and smells evoke memories and location in my mind and have appeared effectively in many of my favorite novels, so these descriptions resonated with me and was just another reason for me to chuckle while reading Silver Phoenix. But putting aside my excitement to have an Asian heroine, I enjoyed the book for many other reasons. The writing was so clear and effective without being overdone. The characters were well established, seemed so natural and were so so simpatico that I was on their side from the start. The kingdom of Xia was unique and well developed as a whole new world inhabited by demons and fantasy creatures that were different from the usual fantasy mold. Plus, the journey was action packed - I found myself constantly waiting for the next phase in their adventure to see how Ai Ling, Chen Yong and Li Rong would respond.
book_fanatic72 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by this book. When I first picked it up, I didn't expect it to be that great, but as I read on, the book got better and better. I highly recommend it.
NikkiS More than 1 year ago
Silver Phoenix had a little of everything that I love: romance, action, adventure and the perfect mix of fantasy and history. Ai Ling is such a strong character, especially considering her culture. I love how her life and Chen Yong's life is intertwined and how it seems fate brought them together on their journyes to the Palace. Chen Yong is totally crush-worthy and I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel regarding a romance between Ai Ling and Chen Yong. Another thing I'm looking forward to is learning more about Ai Ling's powers and how and why she has them. This was a great read from a new author and I'll be recommending it to friends.
Mickey29 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I work in the Children's department of a bookstore and the cover caught my eye. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but what I got was a nice surprise. The story is a page turner from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one day. A great read for everyone in your family from teens to adults.
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
After several failed attempts to arrange a marriage, Ai Ling’s father travels to the palace to fix his reputation, which has been the cause of all the failures. After he doesn’t show up for a long time, Ai Ling sets out to find her father in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams, she doesn’t expect the dangerous journey she’s starting. She gets attacked by demons, ones that seem to specifically target her, and she encounters numerous life-threatening situations. Along the way, she meets Chen Yong, a young man who’s journey is also taking him the same direction. Ai Ling faces trial after trial while she attempts to find her father. Cindy Pon is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. SILVER PHOENIX is a stunning, lush novel. Like in SERPENTINE, Pon does a perfect job at setting up a journey story. Ai Ling has to travel far in attempt to save her father. The fighting scenes between her and various demons are incredible, and you won’t want to put down the book. Likewise, Ai Ling’s internal journey is just as magnificent. Even though her parents love and care for her, she’s still limited by her society. As she travels, she discovers a freedom she never knew she had, and she blossoms in it. The minor romance with Chen Yong is a delicious slow-burn, full of romantic tension side plot. I love their interactions, as well as the the scenes with other secondary characters. There are some seriously heartfelt moments, and these characters will stay with you for a long time. I couldn’t be more excited to read the sequel, FURY OF THE PHOENIX, soon. This duology-start is so incredible, and I can’t wait to see where the characters go next.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
An engaging story, a bit like Eon and Eona. A marvelously strongly young woman who does not fit the usual mold society offers. A mad collection of evil entities opposed her and she keeps finding more and more of her special power. Some romance, but not enough to sidetrack the main storyline. A fine read.
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He looks up at her "im sorry if i made you feel uncomfortable..." he says
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written! So well written I am almost bursting to the extreme of pride for this author! I loved it and would not ever regret reading this book, it is very unique, which is surprising, and I cannot wait for more like it! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book looked nice, but to my surprise the story was excellent. I love this book! Can't wait to read the second book.
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