Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #2)
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Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia #2)

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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?...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Kristi
I absolutely loved Silver Phoenix, so when I heard there was to be a sequel/companion novel, I was ecstatic!

One of the things I loved about Silver Phoenix.... and I know this sounds a little strange... but it was the wonderful descriptions of the food! And on page two when I read about sticky rice, candied yams, dumplings and lotus buns, I knew it was going to be epic!

Fury of the Phoenix is such a different story from it's predecessor. It's still just as beautifully written, but we get to witnes...more
catherine james
I must confess: I LOVED Cindy Pon’s 2009 debut YA novel Silver Phoenix. So when she graciously offered a review copy of the sequel, Fury of the Phoenix, I (literally) started bouncing up and down with glee.

As with in the first novel, the heroine Ai Ling again embarking on a treacherous journey; but whereas she was previously fleeing an unwanted engagement in search of her missing father, this time Ai Ling is on a mission of protection. She has been warned in a dream that the young man Ai Ling l...more
Dani Marescotti
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Nikki
When I first read Silver Phoenix, I didn't think at all about the lack of feminism discussed here. I still enjoyed the book, and even think it's reasonably worth reading, but I do agree with quite a few of the points discussed at that link, on reflection. The thing is, it does lull you into a false sense of security, in a way: the protagonist, Ai Ling, is a young girl who travels alone, takes care of herself, fights for herself... But then you realise just how much she is motivated by her father...more
Marie Lu
If there's one reason to read this book, it's Zhong Ye. Holy crap. What a deep, complex character! You meet him in Silver Phoenix, but you don't *really* meet him until you read Fury. He's incredible, and now my favorite character in the Phoenix world. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to devour Fury--the romantic tension between Ai Ling and Chen Yong, Silver Phoenix herself, and delicious, delicious food. Continuing all the goodness originally present in Silver Phoenix, and more!
Yan
Jul 01, 2010 Yan marked it as to-read
kinda upset by the cover.
Sherwood Smith
Apr 03, 2011 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
Fury of the Phoenix is the conclusion to the story begun in Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix. In that book, sheltered, psychically gifted Ai Ling meets Chen Yong, and falls into adventure as they cross Xia to rescue her father. Their adventures draw on Chinese history and custom and mythology, leading to a powerful climax.

This book creates some nice symmetries, while deepening the story: this time, Chen Yong is in search of his father. Ai Ling joins him on a ship. As the two learn how to deal with shi...more
Kim Baccellia
Loved it! Review coming soon!
Catrina
I'm going to be honest. I bought the first book, Silver Phoenix, because the main character Ai Ling has the same name as my best friend and I thought that was pretty hilarious. But then I read it and enjoyed it a lot. I happen to love fantasy, young adult books, China and handsome guys, so it was pretty much a given. However, I did not like the ending; I wanted more! So I was of course pleased to hear that Pon was writing a sequel. Fast forward to now and I can now gush about how much I love thi...more
Faye
'Fury of the Phoenix' is the second book in the 'Kingdom of Xia' books. It's incredible. I loved it more than the first one...if that's possible? lol. It was engaging in multiple ways and it never left me feeling....unsatisfied! 'Fury of the Phoenix' is completely captivating and it's an immaculate companion novel to 'Silver Phoenix.' I was compelled to read page after page! I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Since I'm reviewing an ARC copy that I was fortunate enough to win...more
Ari
Mar 29, 2011 Ari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kaz, Lindsay, Yan, everyone
Shelves: read-in-2011
There's less action in this book but still plenty of excitement leaping off the pages! Everything is described in meticulous detail from the food, clothes, Jiang Dao, the ship, and of course, the mythical creatures that terrorize Ai Ling and Chen Yong. While I was both delighted and disturbed by the new creatures and fantasy elements we were introduced to (the Sea Shifters, learning more about reincarnation, etc) I was even more pleased by the character development. You all remember Zhong Ye, th...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Since finishing Silver Phoenix, I have been wanting to read the sequel. I wanted to be back in the world that Cindy Pon had created and to be back with Ai Ling and Chen Yong. I am not sure what I was fully expecting with the sequel but it wasn't where Pon went. I'm not stating that negatively at all. Rather, I loved where she went. It wasn't predictable and she added an additional layer to the story that I really found intriguing. Throughout the story, I kept trying to figure out how she was goi...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Fury of the Phoenix is told from the perspective of Ai Ling in the present and Zhong Ye in the past. This gives it a slightly different pacing from Silver Phoenix, which was more action packed with one danger following another. While there is still plenty of adventure here, the slower pace allows us to observe Ai Ling's struggles with past decisions, her worries over Chen Yong's safety and their relationship, and the worries she has over her own new abilities and memories. We also see Zhong Ye a...more
Kayt
This was an improvement over the first book, in that it did not have a full third of the chapters starting with Ai Ling waking up, and it doesn't have the inexplicable plot threads that were just strange.

However, this was really, really weak. I can't see why, if you even enjoyed the first, why you'd like this unless you like retconning characters to make attempted rape okay!

Yes, it turns out that the Big Bad of the first book, Zhong Ye? It's okay, because he really did love Silver Phoenix! Don't...more
Aoi
"Fury of the Pheonix" is a much more mature and well written sequel to the "Silver Pheonix". When we left her last, Ai Ling watched Chen Yong off on his journey to meet his birth father,the former diplomat to Xian. Later, she is warned in a dream that she must rush to protect Chen Yong, who will not survive the journey without her.

Sneaking aboard his ship, Ai Ling makes herself a part of the crew posing as Chen Yong's sister. Battling demons and sleeping in cramped quarters tucked close togethe...more
Lexie
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

I must confess: I *loved* Cindy Pon's 2009 debut YA novel SILVER PHOENIX. So when she graciously offered a review copy of the sequel, FURY OF THE PHOENIX, I (literally) started bouncing up and down with glee.

As with the first novel, the heroine, Ai Ling, is again embarking on a treacherous journey. Whereas she was previously fleeing an unwanted engagement in search of her missing father, this time Ai Ling is on a mission of protection. She has been warned in a...more
Chartzell12
For me, this book suffered from several things.

The biggest problem was that half the story was about Zhong Ye, who was evil, or at least severely twisted, and died in the last book. His story in this book is about how he got that way. And it wasn't really something I cared about. It's the kind of story that we can guess, and that we don't gain much by knowing.

The other half of the story was dedicated to Ai Ling's feelings for Chen Yong, which haven't exactly changed since the last book. This m...more
J.Elle
Well, I have the fury of a phoenix right now (How furious do phoenix's get? Because that one in Harry Potter seemed very kind and helpful and really into saving people's lives and not so much into fury. So I don't have the fury of that phoenix. I have the fury of a meaner phoenix.) because I read the book before this and totally disliked it and I specifically mentioned in that review that I would not be reading this book. So now I’ve been humbled because I did read it after making that public st...more
Darkphoenix
A decent read and relatively fast-paced. I enjoyed both the books and in this one, it was especially nice to learn more about Zhong Ye and through him, Silver Phoenix. Although, I would've liked to know more about Phoenix since Ai Ling was her reincarnation. Definitely, worth a gander..
Jeninne
I did not read the first book in the series. And I only ended up with this book because it was on the dollar wall of my discount bookstore. I picked it up because I liked the cover, it came with a swanky picture, and it was seemingly about a kickass female heroine. I decided to take a chance.

And even though I didn’t read the first book, I still really enjoyed this book. I had no trouble jumping right into the action, and I loved the heroine from the start. Almost everything about this book is ea...more
Adam Heine
It slowed down for me at times, but I LOVE what this story does to its prequel, Silver Phoenix. It deepens the original in ways I didn't expect. I'm going to have to read Silver Phoenix again now.
Sophia
The ending was so intense and emotional that I actually dreamed about it the night I finished! I thought this was a trilogy but I think this tied the story up ::sad::
Cindy
What I liked - the world building, with the exception of the Europeanish country that just seemed off somehow. The China-esque stuff was great as it was in the first book. Gruesome sometimes, but always interesting.

What I didn't like - The villain's backstory was interesting, and I'm always up for an exploration of how someone can become corrupted into evil....but I wished there had been more acknowledgement that he had, in fact, become a monster, and no one forced him into it even if he was tri...more
Melissa
This book is a beautiful second book for Ai Ling and Chen Young. The first book, The Silver Phoenix had more a lush and lyrical world that revolved in the background. Since this book mostly takes place on a ship, it does not have that same background, so the characters become all important. This is good as the characters were captivating. This is not to say that the last third of the book didn't capture that same lushness as the first once they landed. It did. You were able to see strange lands...more
Bookworm1858
Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Greenwillow Press, 2011
359 pages
YA; Fantasy
4.5/5 stars

Source: Library

My expectation for this sequel was more romance, more adventure, and more delicious descriptions of food. I ended up with something else, something unexpected for me as I hadn't read the synopsis at all.

Yes, there are all of those things I mentioned but the focus of the story is actually on Chen Yong's birth father and the back story of the evil Zhong Ye and his love Silver Phoenix. This was very...more
Summer Raine
First off, I'd just like to say that the summary may be one of the most misleading summaries I have ever read. For one, it makes the book sound like Zhong Ye is some dark, omnipresent force working with Silver Phoenix to throw evil and trouble at Chen Yong because for some reason he has become a target (a special, "the one" child, perhaps?) Also, the events it describes don't occur until over 3/4 of the way through the book. And none of the drama described in the summary is really all that drama...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Lush and full of adventure, Cindy Pon’s Phoenix duo will take you to a world like you’ve never seen. The books have a very Asian flare, full of Chinese roots, yet they take place in Pon’s own world, Xia. If you’re a fan of high fantasy and anything like me, these books will be impossible to put down once you get started. While Silver Phoenix was my favorite of the two, I loved Pon’s latest novel, Fury of the Phoenix, too. I didn’t realize how much I missed Xia and its inhabitants until I re-read...more
Nafiza
Aug 03, 2012 Nafiza rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This book explained why Silver Phoenix did not contain all the details that I so needed. This one was slower in its pace and plot and there were moments when the switch from the present to the past was jarring. However, I appreciated that Pon took the time to return to Zhong Ye and tell his story and let us understand the man behind the villain.

Even in the first novel, I got the sense that Pon was a lot more sympathetic to Zhong Ye than I felt he was created to be and I wondered why. Fury of the...more
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