The Library of Legends
From the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road comes a captivating historical novel in which a convoy of student refugees travel across China, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan
“Myths are the darkest and brightest incarnations of who we are . . .”
China, 1937. When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian...more
The storytelling is both enchanting and heartbreaking.
I’m a Janie Chang fan!!! I love reading her books.
This is my third.
“Three Souls” was magical ... beautiful....
“Dragon Spring Road” was equally beautiful and brilliant as “Three Souls”.
“The Library of Legends” has a slightly different feeling than Janie Chang’s other two books.
It was more political and even has a ...more
**Full transparency - Janie Chang wrote my all time favorite book "Three Souls" and sent me an ARC of "The Library of Legends" early. THANK YOU Janie for sending me this!!**
Let me begin by stating the obvious - I did not give this 5 stars like I did Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road. I was slightly disappointed in this book for two reasons that were my own fault:
1) my expectations were absolutely THROUGH THE ROOF
2) this wasn't the book I was expecting... because I didn't ...more
The first thought that popped into my head after I finished reading this book was how different it turned out to be from what I had expected. From a historical perspective, this is a story I greatly appreciated, as it covered a portion of history not widely known, set during a time period not often depicted in novels about the World War II era. The year is 1937 in Nanjing, China — as Japanese bombs begin to fall on the city, students and faculty at various schools are ordered to evacuat ...more
The story takes place during world war II in China among University students. A group of the students must travel from their campus to another part of China that isn't being attacked by the Japanese. Th ...more
China, 1937. Nineteen-year-old Hu Lian has been studying at Minghua University in Nanking. She comes from a humble family. She is one of only three students awarded scholarship. Now, due to Japanese bombing the city, the studen ...more
I found the majority of the book to be somewhat tedious, however. I wish there had been more to the history and folklore and less to the romance.
I enjoyed the last quarter of the book the most (probably because that's when the most action and fantasy took place?), but I got a little bored with the unending account of the character's moods and march to safety during the first half of the book (a long march across Ch ...more
I was excited to read this at first. I’ve been interested in the Rape of Nanking ever since finishing the Poppy War, so when I heard that this was about a university evacuation during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, I was stoked. Throw in an exodus of Chinese gods, star-crossed lovers, and communist intrigue, and you’re bound to have an interesting book, right?
Wrong. This book somehow managed to take th ...more
The students at Minghua University are ordered to evacuate as Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking in 1937. Nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates, a convoy of more than a hundred students, faculty, and staff must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China’s western provinces. It’s a journey marked by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack.
The student are asked to c ...more
The book follows Lian, Shao, and Sparrow on their walk across China with their university in 1937 while Japanese bombs fall all around them. The university students carry with them the Library of Legends, a centuries-old collection of myths and folklore that represents China’s culture. As they travel, gods, fairies, and other celestial ...more
I was completely sucked in by the cover and title. Even though this is squarely in the historical fiction category, the description did nothing to dissuade me to seek this book out. Briefly, it's about a young adult student at University in China in 1937, during the Japanese-Chinese war. As bombs begin falling on her city, Nanking, she and the other students are forced to trek 1000 miles to safety, protecting ...more
In 1937, the Japanese army invaded China. Amidst the turmoil and upheaval, universities began to evacuate their students to the country’s inland area. Education is highly valued in China, and the students were seen as being the nation’s intellectual treasure - necessary for rebuilding the country after the war, and for building the count ...more
The book deals with the horrors of war and being a refugee. There is also an interesting political backdrop, particu ...more
Set in China in 1937, during the war with Japan, Minghua University students must evacuate to safety as the city of Nanking is under attack. Professors, students, and servants begin a treacherous thousand-mile journey, but they carry with them precious cargo: The Library of Legends. These volumes contain the ancient myths and folklore of China’s past.
The quiet student ...more