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Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
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Dec 16, 2011

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This one is honestly hard to judge. I loved it — totally happy ending, totally deserved! — but if you hadn't read Silver Phoenix, this would make no sense whatsoever. So: rockin' sequel, but not actually a good standalone *book*.

Ai Ling is awesome wearing an awesome coat. I kind of adore her a lot. And I love how much she loves food. I am less than thrilled that she loses her supernatural power by the end, because I really would've liked to see a heroine make choices and use a magical power which was originally morally ambiguous and tied to a male progenitor for good, but fine, I didn't write this.

Also, uh, Ms. Pon: stained glass, in a building, looks pretty awful from the outside. The point is the effect from inside, with the sunlight coming through. I will give you a lot of leeway, given the existence of magic, on the colors used, but dude. I realize this is nitpicky, but (a) it kept irritating me, throughout the scenes set in Jiang, and (b) someone should've caught that in edits.

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