Silver Phoenix Epub æ Hardcover

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 quartersBut 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 that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn't only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imaginedBravery intelligence the will to fight and fight hard she will need all of these things Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her She will also need helpIt is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under On a quest of his own Chen Yong offers that help and perhaps


10 thoughts on “Silver Phoenix

  1. r&ILH-|&1u:U9j]zey\?I:qU:,,]d@0 0@_h  @Gش@Yݘvj&=޴`S4z4w`v,04mJhjikvxB`޴ GgRm̝I@  D@ HĀLD  aY %}HV(kߊp&_#rj/͎(66 2,FE1+ (1waW|JO*"(_X> ̲ت EH~,Lx3q;ycQG'97 MܬROqlP]G"QlpF2MS1HF%&YfR„<ӮP8&ӖZ=GhFR㹝"i*JVOg6m%b ҍ7(FQYDcCFlnfyoR\_\LtGd𖮎bt-kCXYBwjD _)mD}6.:suf-}7➾IS"YI1s4ɒMBzZv ^-?6NN t[揞e ^/+c |IrJZt>'q+acS6Isx!]':vY/. X|2.vK:Ea.Q%XZr2e^,C/ț"Q&|AzI. eq7/ͦabd)KN%b4;Eѽ^-rF8)O "i3Evƛ$\ɉ#^y}CKu ᨡPEri0dj|OM4i|@0 0!1!3/h  M;;3Y#(BG|*h Ɇ OkBJ7 0f/'D|gV,U(M 'RkƱL;ϛ?W$KݪZM~6rVmξ[h\M¬c4P4K*)G#F"'ʸ*fuҼ#EN ԝQH%NR .:k^:3H#N^J-)#$D"! ABQ@@B# Q%n24hcm G*T#G!$}U؛i6f31~Դ^6^xJ88:(LltrQ;h/4D"mBI1JOe?fgBt=U͎Bt%JVF&&uMib4ziI@  D@@H ^ه(ZH; -6dK6Ɍ!2!DUm|a4"*Ū%QFgg-K҅7 @@@DHD PTX\`H$hxpt}ADS"Aj#ֆ4P/@P;BQ`8Ckcs=3r kЊ8e.'2DybD4Zt'\e 2&k `ilyO!,d8Č"呔)ZW$%EOmʴC,C4DzI`c~b܍v&Y$+2=FL66a(U."H\3 1*)BGiB!&U HwI^(A F9TV|; G!bP`+ ؄X8-p4D=KP:.G@)6dhi <,$=P'vV0zɡy'p84C>e;1i ogICOBhoBX,Q8A4^} !T@t"d9Lv-B#0mJ)^(=v[-, L6ЍBBס3PTL@|.'ADO!'g<% oDΆJ']"Y{C1|*X 螫FdQ1L`˝PECCLRކ)5BO8)#r$tKM'=ȥӅֳθpF'[ I1ÒC4k۹"+V7:Rh&JKǘ!aZĜHjhMb+M`'De-c fip913cX6B9A6$KXeprCL+35rI- ؟"" +a7ba=YEZPs.H 다m8Ey9Q cQ!PcؐKo2DI < |2b"bdZ=lrSBb(32XYc]:ip bkC@(k!>g{2;]JwLq~.,XfҠ0if1:DJȈ'YAQgC"T~65^a^J)hZ?bUdd=>. !BCTJj*U*Q~5:)uDeY,0H'BJ8h\krT`9# l9?(^ 3DTUpQ(m. cd P!NuÛQC3U'YYjvw)댻ȗ* &pB6.ZC2u#K3X$ QES }pdAS#bcg*]8]'"eÔ^䵤FSTYr~"L vM+ [WuA1uf\^rpLwG {,.닋]kݦsD-e!73j&_.&\%LE,$ = Ee{C;o T&o.$moW [+6dT5Sȫ7Lgb^ rRg؆=SpKgBqjD`f X/hEtJazrm *KtڬK:kUp1ʡ(J6ܫxJcj3%9_06ƤSaat!?sXMS ];w`g=%DhQڲ%AEŁ3U)6NobZM͚6K!/Rb myp" `j P"5UO3"-V'VIROcxX-f9)tt:a1z"@RgZ b[1@A@@HLH<= )%Od΂,#ƙM<@ PP 1 h  $ >#;=" srcset=">d`l$$( ( ,,$,(,,,8@0(,4L\T@Pr&ILH-|&1u:U9j]zey\?I:qU:,,]d@0 0@_h  @Gش@Yݘvj&=޴`S4z4w`v,04mJhjikvxB`޴ GgRm̝I@  D@ HĀLD  aY %}HV(kߊp&_#rj/͎(66 2,FE1+ (1waW|JO*"(_X> ̲ت EH~,Lx3q;ycQG'97 MܬROqlP]G"QlpF2MS1HF%&YfR„<ӮP8&ӖZ=GhFR㹝"i*JVOg6m%b ҍ7(FQYDcCFlnfyoR\_\LtGd𖮎bt-kCXYBwjD _)mD}6.:suf-}7➾IS"YI1s4ɒMBzZv ^-?6NN t[揞e ^/+c |IrJZt>'q+acS6Isx!]':vY/. X|2.vK:Ea.Q%XZr2e^,C/ț"Q&|AzI. eq7/ͦabd)KN%b4;Eѽ^-rF8)O "i3Evƛ$\ɉ#^y}CKu ᨡPEri0dj|OM4i|@0 0!1!3/h  M;;3Y#(BG|*h Ɇ OkBJ7 0f/'D|gV,U(M 'RkƱL;ϛ?W$KݪZM~6rVmξ[h\M¬c4P4K*)G#F"'ʸ*fuҼ#EN ԝQH%NR .:k^:3H#N^J-)#$D"! ABQ@@B# Q%n24hcm G*T#G!$}U؛i6f31~Դ^6^xJ88:(LltrQ;h/4D"mBI1JOe?fgBt=U͎Bt%JVF&&uMib4ziI@  D@@H ^ه(ZH; -6dK6Ɍ!2!DUm|a4"*Ū%QFgg-K҅7 @@@DHD PTX\`H$hxpt}ADS"Aj#ֆ4P/@P;BQ`8Ckcs=3r kЊ8e.'2DybD4Zt'\e 2&k `ilyO!,d8Č"呔)ZW$%EOmʴC,C4DzI`c~b܍v&Y$+2=FL66a(U."H\3 1*)BGiB!&U HwI^(A F9TV|; G!bP`+ ؄X8-p4D=KP:.G@)6dhi <,$=P'vV0zɡy'p84C>e;1i ogICOBhoBX,Q8A4^} !T@t"d9Lv-B#0mJ)^(=v[-, L6ЍBBס3PTL@|.'ADO!'g<% oDΆJ']"Y{C1|*X 螫FdQ1L`˝PECCLRކ)5BO8)#r$tKM'=ȥӅֳθpF'[ I1ÒC4k۹"+V7:Rh&JKǘ!aZĜHjhMb+M`'De-c fip913cX6B9A6$KXeprCL+35rI- ؟"" +a7ba=YEZPs.H 다m8Ey9Q cQ!PcؐKo2DI < |2b"bdZ=lrSBb(32XYc]:ip bkC@(k!>g{2;]JwLq~.,XfҠ0if1:DJȈ'YAQgC"T~65^a^J)hZ?bUdd=>. !BCTJj*U*Q~5:)uDeY,0H'BJ8h\krT`9# l9?(^ 3DTUpQ(m. cd P!NuÛQC3U'YYjvw)댻ȗ* &pB6.ZC2u#K3X$ QES }pdAS#bcg*]8]'"eÔ^䵤FSTYr~"L vM+ [WuA1uf\^rpLwG {,.닋]kݦsD-e!73j&_.&\%LE,$ = Ee{C;o T&o.$moW [+6dT5Sȫ7Lgb^ rRg؆=SpKgBqjD`f X/hEtJazrm *KtڬK:kUp1ʡ(J6ܫxJcj3%9_06ƤSaat!?sXMS ];w`g=%DhQڲ%AEŁ3U)6NobZM͚6K!/Rb myp" `j P"5UO3"-V'VIROcxX-f9)tt:a1z"@RgZ b[1@A@@HLH<= )%Od΂,#ƙM<@ PP 1 h  $ >#;=" class="avatar avatar-100 photo amp-wp-enforced-sizes" height="100" width="100" layout="intrinsic"> says:

    You judge the gods by who bows down at their altars? Ai Ling asked”Spoilers and a discussion of sexual violence follow in this an Exclusive Charlotte Review of Cindy Pon's Silver PhoenixSo What's It About? On the day of her first betrothal meeting–and rejection–Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her She can reach into other people’s spirits hear their thoughts see their dreamsand that’s just the beginningAi Ling has been marked by the immortals her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace where a terrible evil has lived stealing souls for centuries She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father while mythical demons track her every step And then she meets Chen Yong a young man with a quest of his own whose fate is intertwined with hers Here is a heart stopping breathtaking tale for fans of action fantasy and romance–of anything with the making of legendWhat I ThoughtThis is ultimately something of a big old ehhh for me Nothing about it caused me to despise it but nothing about it caused me to adore it either This book and I exist in a neutral awkward liminal space together making stilted small talkThe best that I have to say about it is that Cindy Pon clearly possesses a vivid imagination and a great capacity for translating that imagination to the paper Silver Phoenix is positively crawling with hordes of grotesque and fascinating creatures some of which genuinely disgusted me She realized then that it was composed of corpses—arms and legs jutted from the top of its head instead of hair Its naked mass was formed of human torsos limbs and worse heads and sagging faces Some of the eyes were so decomposed only empty sockets peered from a putrefied skullBut it's not all body horror Over the course of the book Ai Ling treks through many marvelous and mystical locales which are lushly and beautifully described as well My favorite is the palace of the Immortals where there are a number of magical trees There was the tree with leaves that were giant eyes blinking in the wind The irises were of every shade imaginable pink green scarlet and orange The pupils were all shaped differently from circles to squares and diamonds swirls and stars The eye leaves rustled under the gentle breeze of the heavenly mountain all blinking and all seeing THE OBSERVANT TREEAnother plus is that contrary to all the YA protagonist waifs who can barely manage to choke down a granola bar Ai Ling positively revels in food and eating This is great to see for mentalphysical health reasons but also just because all the food sounds so tasty 'A plate of roast duck steamed dumplings spicy noodles with beef gravy pickled cucumbers stewed tongue and eggs if you have them cold please and sticky rice pearls too' Ai Ling said before the server girl could open her mouth 'I don't know what he wants' Ai Ling nodded toward Chen Yong'I'm not sure I have enough coins to order anything ' he said laughing”As a final positive note I'd also add that Ai Ling's ultimate decision not to resurrect her dead friend is handled appropriately as a demanding ethical dilemma and I was quite pleased with the way in which she arrives at her final decisionMy concerns about Silver Phoenix however arise when we consider the fact that none of the characters are especially strong or interesting outside of the main antagonist Ai Ling's love for food is the main thing about her that endears her to me at all and I'll discuss the other main character Chen Yong a little bit later In addition I'd like to discuss the mixed bag of this book's feminismThe F WordYA has come a long way in the 10 years since Silver Phoenix was published and as far as I can remember this book's willingness to grapple with questions of gender and race is something that wasn't all too common back then Generally speaking there are some good basic messages in this book for early teen readers who might be just figuring out feminism Why were women always seen as things to be possessed by men in these tales never worth than their physical beauty?It's nothing ground shattering for an adult but I think it's just the right level for a young reader to sink their teeth into In addition to matters of gender I'd like to address the matter of race in Silver Phoenix Cindy Pon is the co founder of Diversity in YA and an advisory board member for We Need Diverse Books It's clearly something that she is passionate about and that is apparent in her debut novel Silver Phoenix's ancient Chinese inspired setting is populated entirely by people of color and is fundamentally built upon the extensive and rich knowledge that stems from Pon's background in Chinese studies I especially appreciated the examination of difficulties arising from biracial identity that occurs as a part of Chen Yong's storyAt the same time I think the positive messages get a little lost when the book starts to delve into the intersection of sexism and sexual violence I really had no idea that I'd be spending so much time talking about this topic when I started this blog but here we are kids The problem is that Ai Ling is subjected to numerous instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault over the course of the book but I never felt that she had a realistic psychological response to anything that happened People may be numb after an assault they may suppress their feelings but these are still VERY clearly different things from simply having no emotional reaction at all and or less carrying on with one's adventure like nothing out of the ordinary has happened The latter is what happens in Silver PhoenixFinally the sort of love interest Chen Yong is a big dumb idiot who repeatedly talks about how traditional he is and when a dude describes himself as traditional in real life YOU KNOW that's enough to send me running in the opposite direction He's so stupidly self congratulatory over the fact that he doesn't think women should be mindless baby making and cooking machines LikeChen Yong “I know I’m very traditional in thought But you have to believe that I value women for than their roles within the inner quarters”Charlotte This wouldn't irritate me half as much if I hadn't had like 750000 conversations with dudes who think that I should worship the ground they walk on because they've accomplished the stunningly difficult feat of fundamentally viewing women as human beings NOt AlL HEroEs WeaR CApEsAbout the AuthorCindy Pon was born in Taipei Taiwan and moved to the US with her family as a child She studied at UCSD and New York University and her first published work was Silver Phoenix in 2009 She is a student of Chinese brush art as well as an author and mentioned above she cofounded Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and serves on the advisory board for We Need Diverse Books She lives in San Diego with her husband and children