Review: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 28, 2009)


On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. She can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning...

My Review:YYYY

This story begins with Ai Ling a bright girl who has learned much from her scholarly father, is rejected for bethrotal. Although she did not want this arrangement it still brings forth anger and shame, because she did not want to disgrace her beloved family. Yet, being dismissed was not the only thing that Ai Ling had to deal with during that disastrous encounter, she also learned that she had a special gift. She could hear other's thoughts...

After a few more failed bethrotal attempts, her father who has has lost favor in the emperor's court decides to venture to the palace to return in a short while. Ai Ling does not want her father to go and is somewhat comforted by the jade pendant that he gives her for protection. His absence is hard for both Ai Ling and her mother but it proves worrisome when her father fails to return home six months later. An evil merchant decides to take advantage of the them and spins an deceptive tale claiming that Ai Ling's father owes him money, but that he is willing to consider the dept paid in trade for Ai Ling becoming his wife.

Faced with a doomed situation, Ai Ling knows that she has no other choice but to find her father and bring him back. So, her journey into the unknown and wondrous begins. As she travels she encounters mythical beings that she has only read about in the forbidden Book of the Dead and soon finds herself in a perilous situation. This danger is short lived when she is saved by not only her mysterious pendant but by a handsome stranger, Chen Yong whom is on a quest of his own. Ai Ling is drawn to Chen Yong and joined, they find themselves in even greater dangerous situations that seem thwarted by Ai Lings's bergeoning powers.

A bit of comic relief comes into play when Chen Yong's younger brother finds them and joins them in their respective quests. He is ever a flirt and gives Ai Ling some insight into Chen's past. Together they this trio makes the journey to the palace where an ancient evil is awaiting Ai Ling to maker her his own, but not if his current bride cannot help it.... If you want to know more, your going to have to read it.

This wondrous story of Chinese culture and folk tales infused with figures from legendary myths makes Silver Phoenix a remarkable read from debut author Cindy Pon. I know that once I began reading this story I could not put it down. It's amazingly visually detailed , has well rounded characters, intrigue, romance, a quest, and most of all, great storytelling!

The story ended on an uprupt note thus leaving me begging for more, and more is what I am begging for. I so want to go back to the magical world that Cindy Pon has created. I know that a prequel is in the works and I cannot wait.

Here is a video that is further proof on how good this novel really is.


  1. LOVE this book and Cindy. I'm dying for more too!

  2. I've been dying to get a copy! I might buy it today when I go to the bookstore. Of course, I'm debating on the wonderful choices the store has with my ten dollar gift card, haha.

  3. I ove the look of this book. I'm going to have a shoppings pree on books when my GCSEs are over and these are on my list.

  4. Did anyone else get goosebumps watching this trailer? Along with this review, the book sounds brilliant!

  5. Wow, this book looks really interesting. I was wondering if the ending is predictable outside of the cliffhanger? I love stories about Asian culture and this one is seeped in it. I am glad I found your review. :)

  6. thanks so much for reviewing, nancy!! i'm linking you too!!!


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