Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia #1)
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 tha...more
Dan muncullah Captain Planet, seorang superhero yang terbentuk dari kekuatan alam dan dibungkus dengan kekuatan cinta manusia. Salah satu film kartun yang sangat saya sukai waktu kecil. Lima remaja berbeda bangsa. Terberkati dengan kekuatan super yang berbeda. Bersatu untuk menciptakan kekuatan yang lebih super dan bertanggung jawab untuk menyelamatkan dunia.
Waktu kecil, saya suka berkhayal menjadi salah satu dari anak-anak itu, memiliki kekuatan super untu ...more
I had honestly never heard of Cindy Pon until the day before yesterday, and I might not have picked up her book to read even if I had. Mostly because I'm not supposed to be buying new books at the moment, admittedly. But inkstone's post about it, here, a post about the whitewashing of the covers for this book, caught my eye. You can find o ...more
I thought Ai Ling was a very well developed protag. She was impulsive, courageous, yet shy, selfish, and yet compassionate. I wish we would have been divulged into the entire history of Silver Phoenix. I want to know more about her!
I loved the creatures that were presented in this novel and all of ...more
And then I saw reviews on the book blogs I read, and they were like: NO!
And then over a year later I found it at the library and saw the cover again, and was like: YES YES YES YES YES!
And then I read it, and was like: Okay?
Because it sounds good, right? Asian action/adventure/fantasy with a strong female lead! And that cover. There was no reason not to read it. Except for the reviews that didn't like heroine Ai Ling because they ...more
In the beginning I had a good feeling. Although the characters behaved a little anachronistically, which is completely alright for a fantasy novel set in an alternative version of an existing region, I liked them and I enjoyed the lush and exotic scenery - the food, the fabric, the means of transport. The 'problems' started with the onset of the road trip plot: The heroine flees an arranged marriage to an old, rich pervert and goes to sear ...more
So yeah, it's an original oriental-flavored fantasy with a strong female lead and really fantastic support from Chen Yong. Ai Ling (afore-mentioned female lead) has one wea ...more
Perjalanan Ai Ling tentu sa ...more
She and I are apparently food-twins... her main character Ai Ling and my Beatrice Shakespeare Smith share a passion for good food, and Silver Phoenix is the sort of book that will send you scurrying to your pantry for snacks, I promise you! It's also full of lush descriptive wor ...more
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon is a Chinese-inspired YA fantasy novel. Last week, I mentioned in my Knife review that R.J. Anderson is a fellow Sounisian and Megan Whalen Turner fan. I believe Cindy Pon is also a fan and look, they even went surfing together! My friend gave me a copy of Silver Phoenix for my birthday last year so I've had it for almost a year. I'm sorry it has taken me this long to read it but there are just so many books in the TBR ...more
The heavy reliance on evil creatures ...more
Now, he has been called back to the court, and has not returned. It is up to Ai Ling to rescue him from the evil forces h ...more
I found there were some editing probl ...more
Ai Ling has always tried to do what was right even if she didn't always like it. So she surprises herself as she embarks on a journey to run away from a betrothal and search for her father who hasn’t returned in months. Not long after, Ai Ling meets Chen Yong. He is the love interest as the blurb suggests but don't expect an ...more
In a time period when women were told what to do and when to do it - this book gives us an interesting character that is rebellious and heads out on her own to save her father. She comes to discover that she has unique powers that allow her to do some amazing things. She hooks up with another character who does not fit into the sterotypical ancient Chinese mold. Together, they battle evil and attempt to save the reincarnated l ...more
From the beginning, Ai Ling has lived life differently from most young women in Xia. Born of parents who married for love, she is a cherished only child in a society that prizes sons, educated by her scholarly father and, as she comes of age, the ability to sense the thoughts of those around her.
When her father is called to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams expecting to be away no longer than two months, he leave his daughter with two things: a green jade pendant ...more
I liked the heroine. She has the mixture of the nice qualities I like from wuxia heroines, like the badass ladies created by Jin Yong. BUT. She still exudes the qualities of a teenager who's unsure of herself, who's still reckless, et cetera.
The Bahasa Indonesia translation is quite good, but I decided that I'd get the English version too, as I want to compare them, since there are some phrases and sentences that are a ...more
With shades of Graceling and Fire, Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix is a spirited take on a classic coming-of-age quest. Teeming with incredible creatures and spirits, plots within plots and worlds within worlds, Silver Phoenix is truly unique among the Debs of 2009. Cindy Pon seeps every word in a delicacy of thought and plot that is rare in a YA novel. She is all about the craft, and I expect her next novel will be even more finely wrought.
And I haven't even mentioned the food. THE FOOD! Do not atte ...more
The word that immediately comes to my mind to describe Silver Phoenix is “unique.” Not only do I feel that the historical fantasy genre holds an untapped wealth of ideas, but I also think that the publishing world is in need of some f ...more
OK bagaimana kalau di mulai dengan satu hal yang membuat saya harus mengeluarkan liur. Kenapa? Karena pendeskripsian makanan di dalam buku ini yang bener-bener bikin "muka pengen" serasa makanan tersebut benat-benar dihidangkan di depan muka saya. Tokoh utamanya Ai Ling sangat-sangat menikmati dan mencintai makanan, bahkan saat Ia makan manisan saja bisa membuat saya juga meneteskan liur. Belum kalau Ai Ling sedang kelaparan dan bisa menemukan makanan hangat walaupun ...more
Lets start with all the (many) reasons to love Silver Phoenix:
Ai Ling is a lovely character, admirable, complex and sympathetic. She deftly avoids every "female character" stereotype. In fact, all the characters were believable and sympathetic, including the villain Zhen Ye.
Pon's writ ...more
Buku Negeri-Negeri di Atas
Buku Kematian yang memuat tentang makhluk-makhluk jahat, yang bisa dipanggil dengan suatu seni yang kelam
Hal-hal yang mendebarkan itu hanya ada di negeri Xian !
Belakangan hidup Ai Ling berubah dengan dramatis. Semula, sebagai putri tunggal keluarga terpelajar, ia mendapat banyak limpahan perhatian serta ilmu pengetahuan. Namun belakangan, nasib seakan berputar!
Saat perjodohan, ia harus menerima kain satin berwarna biru ...more
Buku ini mempunyai jalan cerita yang sederhana, yaitu tentang seorang gadis, Ai Ling, yang melakukan perjalanan jauh demi mencari ayahnya. Perjalanan ini sebenarnya terpaksa Ai Ling lakukan demi menghindari kawin paksa dengan seorang juragan yang terkenal karena ketidakbenarannya.
Cerita mulai berkembang, karena di perjalanan Ai Ling secara tidak sengaja bertemu Chen ...more
I am an avid devourer of fantasy set in Asian locales. Having followed the author, Cindy Pon's, posts on the Vera Kay agent boards, I wanted to fall in love with Silver Phoenix.
And while I did enjoy the descriptions of food, the Chinese monsters and the "idea" of the heroine, Ai Ling, in the end I couldn't get into the characters very much.
I guess I'm ...more
What I enjoyed about Silver Phoenix is that I was able to learn a little more about my cultural background. I don't know how much of the legends are true and how much is fiction, however, it's the thought that counts. :)
The food is another aspect that I admire. Since the name of the dishes were in english, at first, it was kind of hard to ...more
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