Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review - Fury of the Phoenix

Fury of the Phoenix 
Author - Cindy Pon
Genre - YA Fantasy
Pages - 362




Description from Amazon 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?


Fury of the phoenix continues with Ai Ling desperately trying to sneak aboard a ship that Chen Yong is on, Ai Ling has seen danger in his future and wants to save him from it. Who better to do so? For Ai Ling has slain demons and even killed Zhong Ye, an almost immortal.

 However, everything does not go swimmingly for Ai Ling, Chen Yong is furious and for the better part of the book, he ignores her or is rude, sure there are very sweet moments but they are fleeting. I found myself more drawn to Zhong Ye’s story with Silver Phoenix and his adventures and quest for immortality were far more interesting.

 Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching Ai Ling grow and do things that would be considered irreprehensible in her culture, it just was not enough o really get me hooked onto her character this time around. There were far less stories and lore in this book, only one demon/creature and less action. I could not connect with anyone really, even the trajic Silver Phoenix was bland to me and I got tired of hearing how beautiful she was. We also lose sight of what happens to Mei Gui and her son after a while and I kind of wish I knew. It is by no means a bad sequel but it is by no means the best, some questions are answerd, some loose ends tied up but I just struggled through it.

 If you read Silver Phoenix though, you will enjoy this one if for nothing but learning what happens after Zhong Ye is killed and seeing if Ai Ling and Chen Yongs relationship further.

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