Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dusty Reads: Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time.

Title: Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia #2)
Author: Cindy Pon
Pages: 362Publication: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillo Books
Summary taken from goodreads:
The Gods have abandoned Ai Ling. 
Her mysterious power haunts her day and night, and she leaves home--with just the moon as her guide--overwhelmed by her memories and visions and an unbearable sense of dread. For Ai Ling knows that Chen Yong is vulnerable to corrupt enchantments from the under-world. How can she do nothing when she has the skill and power to fight at his side? A dream has told her where he is, the name of the ship he is traveling on, his destination. So she steals off and stows away on board. 
The ocean voyage brings with it brutal danger, haunting revelations, and new friendships, but also the premonition of a very real and terrifying threat. Zhong Ye--the powerful sorcerer whom Ai Ling believed she had vanquished in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams--is trapped in Hell, neither alive nor dead. Can he reach from beyond the grave to reunite with Silver Phoenix and destroy Chen Yong? And destroy whatever chance Ai Ling has at happiness, at love? 
In this sequel to the acclaimed novel Silver Phoenix, four lives are woven together and four destinies become one, now and forever.
So I won this book and another book a while back in a giveaway. I entered it thinking that my chances of winning were slim, so I wasn't too worried that I had yet to read the first book since I had read the first book of the other book that I had won.

But I actually won, and both books have been sitting on my TBR shelf for the past couple of years... I've really wanted to read SILVER PHOENIX, which is the first book in the series, for a long time. There aren't many POC fantasy young adult books out, so it really stood out to me. Plus, the series sounds like my type of adventure. :D

One of these days, I will buy the first book and finally get around to reading FURY OF THE PHOENIX. Hopefully by then, the next book will also have come out so that I won't have to wait around some more before finally being able to read them all. :P

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