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Fury of the Phoenix

(Kingdom of Xia (Phoenix) #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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?
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Marie Lu
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 20, 2010 marked it as to-read
kinda upset by the cover.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Dani Marescotti
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers and young adult readers
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Kristen Kooistra
Apr 04, 2017 marked it as dnf
I usually don't review books that I don't rate, and I try not to rate books I DNF unless I've read at least half of it or something REALLY noticeable happened in the part I did read.

So I'm not rating this, but I do want to review it.

I was ho-hum about the first book and wasn't sure if I'd even continue the series. I did, obviously, but by this point I've mostly forgotten the first book.

It started off well and I really enjoyed Ai Ling's sections. I quit around 30% for three reasons, one I'm burn
Sherwood Smith
Apr 03, 2011 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
Kim Baccellia
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Review coming soon!
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
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Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
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May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
'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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Kayt O'Bibliophile
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fury of the Phoenix starts out as Ai Ling embarks on a new adventure, and is hard to put down the whole way through. Pon throws us right into the action and keeps the tension up as it becomes a dual-POV story with Ai Ling's archenemy from Silver Phoenix. For me, sequels generally disappoint, but definitely not so in this case. As I mentioned in my Silver Phoenix review, I'm personally not a huge high fantasy fan, and this story was based more in reality. Also, the characters were as likable and ...more
Adam Heine
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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::
Dr. Pepper Ex-Fan
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't always finish reading a book in one day... but when I do you better bet the book is awesome.

This book furthers Ai Ling and Chen Yong's love story while simultaneously introducing a different version of Zhong Ye than the one we met in the first book. Ai Ling/Chen Yong is cute, but Zhong Ye/Silver Phoenix is just fascinating--especially because we already know how their relationship will end (well, more or less), and because the villain's backstory always makes me wonder at what point we s
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I should say that I did read Silver Phoenix but I didn't really remember any of it. I originally thought that I did, I think I remembered the end of the book but not anything that happened in it. That being said I don't think this book depended on the first book as much as I would have expected. Everything was well explained and the parallel stories, Ai Ling and Chen Yong, and Zhong Ye and Silver Phoenix were interesting. (this might be a bit of a spoiler but not really, skip to the next paragra ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
definitely better than the first book
i liked that it didn't have random magical tangents that didn't tie in
the backstory was really cool, although I was super confused for a long time, and it sort of detracts from the first book because the role of villain just gets passed onto another character??? so now it's like so what's THAT backstory... but still interesting
wasn't a fan of the unnecessary romantic jealousy and other crap though but that's just me
good character development
suffers from not
So satisfying. I like how much Ai Ling grows throughout the duology - she and Chen Yong, really. Their changing understandings of love and tradition and piety (in the filial sense) strike true for adolescence in multiple cultures and supernatural experiences - how are you supposed to go be a traditional married woman after you've ridden dragons and slain demons?

Also impressed and pleased that Cindy Pon enriched and complexified the story of Zhong Ye and Silver Phoenix in such a humanizing way. I
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
So sadly my original rating from way back when (most likely high school) did get knocked down a star but still I did have a good time with the book. Definitely a good ending to the series. I thought it was much stronger than the first book, clearly showing how the author has improved with her writing.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really nice novel set in very old China in two different timelines. It does well blending fantasy and reality and keeping with traditions as well. The story is great and the writing is much improved from Pon's earlier works.
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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice (Month9Books) were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus an ...more

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