Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Wednesday April 13, 2011

Fury of the Phoenix
Kingdom of Xia Book #2
by Cindy Pon
March 29, 2011
Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Goodreads summary: 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.

Pontifications...Silver Phoenix is an awesome read so this sequel has been one that I have really been looking forward to and I was not disappointed!

Fury of the Phoenix picks up right where the last book left off and once again we find Ai Ling and Chen Yong on an exciting adventure as they seek out Chen Yong's real father to solve the mystery of his past.

In the first book we find out that Zhong Ye is the evil force behind Ai Ling's battles with various demons and monsters. In the sequel the chapters alternate between Ai Ling's present adventure and Zhong Ye's human beginnings nearly three centuries past. We find out about how he started in the kings court, how he met Silver Phoenix and what ultimately led him to the monster he became.

A well written, fast paced story with lots of adventure and romance, bloody battles and creepy immortality spells. The chemistry between Ai Ling and Chen Yong continues and the tragic romance between the books villan and his lost love may even have you shedding a tear or two. I also love Ai Ling as our kick-ass heroine!

Best suited for 8th grade and up

Visit the authors website http://cindypon.com/