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This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match An epic fantasy finale to the Rise of the Empress novelsPrincess Jade has grown up in exile hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother the ruthless Xifeng DNF at page 193 50%I'm not going to lie I feel so let down by this After A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns I was really really looking forward to this It was uniue and twisted and a totally unexpected read for last year So going into this I knew this would be in the perspective of Jade AKA Snow White and her journeyOne of the main reasons I've DNF'd this is because I just don't like Jade as a character I mean I didn't like Xifeng but she was so interesting and had something about her that just gripped me from the start Whereas Jade is just so wholesome and sweet and I think birds should just surround her and sing to her I love a nice character but I just found her so bland and goody goody She just bored me to tearsThen there's this little trio and it's just difficult to be like yep these all fit together so well I just can't see it Everything that happens in a period o time is just spoken of in the past in about 2 pages so you don't actually get to see that friendship build A big thing is how much Wren dislikes Jade and then suddenly they're pals whyyyyyy is this a thing?Overall I do feel a bit salty towards this so I'm going to pretend it never existed and because I don't know how it ends but I probably do because Snow White I'm going to say Xifeng lived happily ever after being the true Bitch ueen Look at them pre ramble thoughts I fell sorry for myself now ' I already need to read this I feel like 2018 is already too far away Cover and info needed pleaseeeeee——— We have a title The White Nights of Ramadan up in exile hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother the ruthless Xifeng DNF at page 193 50%I'm not going to lie I feel so let down by this After A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns I was really really looking forward to this It was Beyond the Pale uniue and twisted and a totally The Black Ice Score (Parker, unexpected read for last year So going into this I knew this would be in the perspective of Jade AKA Snow White and her journeyOne of the main reasons I've DNF'd this is because I just don't like Jade as a character I mean I didn't like Xifeng but she was so interesting and had something about her that just gripped me from the start Whereas Jade is just so wholesome and sweet and I think birds should just surround her and sing to her I love a nice character but I just found her so bland and goody goody She just bored me to tearsThen there's this little trio and it's just difficult to be like yep these all fit together so well I just can't see it Everything that happens in a period o time is just spoken of in the past in about 2 pages so you don't actually get to see that friendship build A big thing is how much Wren dislikes Jade and then suddenly they're pals whyyyyyy is this a thing?Overall I do feel a bit salty towards this so I'm going to pretend it never existed and because I don't know how it ends but I probably do because Snow White I'm going to say Xifeng lived happily ever after being the true Bitch The Black Painting ueen Look at them pre ramble thoughts I fell sorry for myself now ' I already need to read this I feel like 2018 is already too far away Cover and info needed pleaseeeeee——— We have a title

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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

At took Xifeng take Jade too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself her friends and her empire?Set in an East Asian inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic powerful prose and characters readers won't soon forgetFans of Stealing Snow Red ueen and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page turning rea This duology is without a doubt one of my favourite fantasies I’ve ever read It’s beautifully and intricately written and yet so easy to read The world is stunning and immersive without being too heavily described It features one of the most brilliantly developed and fantastically written villains I have ever read and a cast of multidimensional characters who instantly pull you into the story The magic system is uniue and easy to follow and the over lining plot is utterly addictive with nods to the story of Snow White and the Evil ueen subtly and cleverly woven into the pages Without spoiling book one book two in this duology is utterly stunning with stunning stories within stories addictive uests wonderful friendships and strong women The Rise of the Empress duology is fast paced beautifully written and absolutely wonderful Overall I’m devastated this duology has come to an end but I loved every moment of it But also please can I get a series about the Crimson Assassins please and thank you? Planet of the Bugs ueen and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page turning rea This duology is without a doubt one of my favourite fantasies I’ve ever read It’s beautifully and intricately written and yet so easy to read The world is stunning and immersive without being too heavily described It features one of the most brilliantly developed and fantastically written villains I have ever read and a cast of multidimensional characters who instantly pull you into the story The magic system is Fishes of the Open Ocean uniue and easy to follow and the over lining plot is Out of Bounds (Boundaries, utterly addictive with nods to the story of Snow White and the Evil Grass, Sky, Song ueen subtly and cleverly woven into the pages Without spoiling book one book two in this duology is Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos utterly stunning with stunning stories within stories addictive The Illusionists uests wonderful friendships and strong women The Rise of the Empress duology is fast paced beautifully written and absolutely wonderful Overall I’m devastated this duology has come to an end but I loved every moment of it But also please can I get a series about the Crimson Assassins please and thank you?

Julie C. Dao ↠ 6 Summary

Rules as empress of Feng Lu But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair Even though Jade doesn't want the crown she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir Jade embarks on a uest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all But will the same darkness th I’m conflicted over this I really didn’t want the story to be this way but I can’t control that obviously Aside from that the book was good but at times it was very boring However I liked how the ending played out despite what I wanted and ig I enjoyed the book 😔35 stars Electing Judges uest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all But will the same darkness th I’m conflicted over this I really didn’t want the story to be this way but I can’t control that obviously Aside from that the book was good but at times it was very boring However I liked how the ending played out despite what I wanted and ig I enjoyed the book 😔35 stars


10 thoughts on “Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

  1. says:

    sigh It's never as fun reading about the good guyIt's a real shame that this seuel is so slow when Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was so freaking good It's also a shame to see the focus go from the amazing evil complex villain that is Xifeng to rightful Empress and all round good girl Jade Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix sees Jade now at adolescence after being raised in a monastery Xifeng has called her back to the city likely with some nefarious scheme in mind and Jade will of course set about to reclaim the throne that is rightly hers This is not a spoiler; the duology is a Snow White retelling after allNeither Jade nor her uest are anywhere near as interesting as Xifeng and her rise to power For one thing the book takes over a hundred pages to get to the main plot with the set up establishing Jade as someone who is so mindlessly good as to be almost irritating Then we find ourselves on a uest to retrieve five magical relics from fairy tales in order to summon the Dragon Guard a heavenly army said to bring peace back to Feng LuThis part is heavily padded with references to the fairy tales in uestion and various mini adventures Sometimes I enjoy stories within stories but here it felt like filler As if there wasn’t enough of a plot so the author created lots of mini plots to prolong the story And I just really dislike journey books I've said this before but it almost always feels like an attempt to extend the time between two significant plot points Just get there alreadyI missed that fiery bizatch Xifeng and her nastiness I missed the court politics I missed having a protagonist who was bad and yet sympathetic Jade is so boring in comparison I would still recommend the first book but I don't feel it's necessary to move onto this second You probably know how it ends anywayBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  2. says:

    actual rating 25okay honestly I'll admit I went into this with a bit of a bias because Xifeng is in my top 5 favorite characters of all time so I knew this probably wouldn't pan out in a way I was happy with But I was willing to give it a chance and see if I could be persuaded to care about Jade It took me a while to settle on a rating for this And for me it comes down to the fact that this paled in comparison to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Where that book was complex and intriguing this was predictable and boring We went from following Xifeng who had such a fascinating journey and grew into a powerful villain to following Jade who was just so bland There is nothing fun about reading from a character who is just so good And she totally fell into the special snowflake syndrome Everything she did was the right thing to do It got boring The main plot of this book was that Jade needed to go on a journey to find some horcruxes magic items But it took 100 pages to even get that storyline started and once they were on the journey I was just over it One thing that is still clear in this book is that Julie is an incredible writer and her world building is top notch Although I didn't like the plot or characters the writing is what kept me readingI'm really disappointed by this because Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was my favorite YA fantasy of last year and this just really didn't live up to it for me I can see a lot of people enjoying this because my problems with it were personal preferences rather than things that I think were done badly ARC provided by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    DNF at page 193 50%I'm not going to lie I feel so let down by this After A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns I was really really looking forward to this It was uniue and twisted and a totally unexpected read for last year So going into this I knew this would be in the perspective of Jade AKA Snow White and her journeyOne of the main reasons I've DNF'd this is because I just don't like Jade as a character I mean I didn't like Xifeng but she was so interesting and had something about her that just gripped me from the start Whereas Jade is just so wholesome and sweet and I think birds should just surround her and sing to her I love a nice character but I just found her so bland and goody goody She just bored me to tearsThen there's this little trio and it's just difficult to be like yep these all fit together so well I just can't see it Everything that happens in a period o time is just spoken of in the past in about 2 pages so you don't actually get to see that friendship build A big thing is how much Wren dislikes Jade and then suddenly they're pals whyyyyyy is this a thing?Overall I do feel a bit salty towards this so I'm going to pretend it never existed and because I don't know how it ends but I probably do because Snow White I'm going to say Xifeng lived happily ever after being the true Bitch ueen Look at them pre ramble thoughts I fell sorry for myself now ' I already need to read this I feel like 2018 is already too far away Cover and info needed pleaseeeeee——— We have a title


  4. says:

    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was great but Kingdom of the Blazing Phoneix was even better Because wowI think Dao really stepped up with the world building in this one and it wasn't in an info dump nature There was a lot of just exploration of different areas of the world I didn't have the gorgeous map with me instead of just the Great Forest and I think that made it a lot easier for me to get a sense of the world Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is set inJade goes on this almost uest across the lands to search for magical god related artifacts and that's really why I feel like the worldbuilding was developed a lot betterIn general Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is just a different book than Forest of a Thousand Lanters and you really can read Kingdom without reading FOTLIt's a whole different type of narrative structure not a descent to evil but a rising to goodness through a uest of sorts with a ragtag found family and I just really loved how Jade found these amazing people as part of her lifePlus I think Dao really takes the concept of Snow White and reinvents it well through her story it's not rigidly to the tale but it takes a lot of elements and puts them into her own storyline which I really enjoyedI think part of the reason why I liked Kingdom was because I connected with Jade than Xifeng was just because she wasn't evil She's kind and humble and Dao didn't just say Jade was a good person she showed it to us and not through the bad trope of giving your servant stuffI always find it irritating when authors try to make royalty nice people by having them give stuff to their servants but still not really treat them as people and I think Dao did a good job of not doing this and having Jade treat everyone on the same level without being a total martyrHonestly my only critiue would be that some of the uest portions felt a little too convenient Like everything fit together easily and it was all set up so that the protagonists could succeed I kind of wanted struggle in finding what way the protagonists could go finding how they should proceedThe uest almost felt too laid out for them like two artifacts were conveniently in one place so they didn't have to travel to X place It all fit together and although it was satisfying I kind of yearned for that extra level of struggle and desperation of the charactersBut overall Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix was a great read I absolutely blazed through and I definitely recommend you pick this one up even if you didn't like Forest of a Thousand Lanterns It's a very different type of story and great for someone who likes fairytale retellings with a twistI do still recommend you pick up FOTL though as it adds a certain level to the book and Xifeng's nature


  5. says:

    I'm constantly checking to see when this book will have info I am so anxious that this beautiful anti hero is going to end horribly because the actual hero has to win in the end right? UGH I need this book so badly That Title is on FIRE


  6. says:

    I’m conflicted over this I really didn’t want the story to be this way but I can’t control that obviously Aside from that the book was good but at times it was very boring However I liked how the ending played out despite what I wanted and ig I enjoyed the book 😔35 stars


  7. says:

    Predictions view spoiler1 White Jade is Snow White2 Akira's son is the prince 3 Wei is the hunter who lets White Jade go4 The price Xifeng pays is that she can't have kids hide spoiler


  8. says:

    This duology is without a doubt one of my favourite fantasies I’ve ever read It’s beautifully and intricately written and yet so easy to read The world is stunning and immersive without being too heavily described It features one of the most brilliantly developed and fantastically written villains I have ever read and a cast of multidimensional characters who instantly pull you into the story The magic system is uniue and easy to follow and the over lining plot is utterly addictive with nods to the story of Snow White and the Evil ueen subtly and cleverly woven into the pages Without spoiling book one book two in this duology is utterly stunning with stunning stories within stories addictive uests wonderful friendships and strong women The Rise of the Empress duology is fast paced beautifully written and absolutely wonderful Overall I’m devastated this duology has come to an end but I loved every moment of it But also please can I get a series about the Crimson Assassins please and thank you?


  9. says:

    I liked the first book in this series so I was pretty eager to see how this one played out Jade was an easy character to like She’s loyal and good and nice So so so sooooooooo nice And that’s sort of where I lost interest What I loved from the first book was Xifeng’s ruthlessness She is in this one but the focus is all about Jade There is a small group of characters and I could easily read a companion book about Wren kicking ass Plot wise it was okay The journey was a mild build up and the ending was sort of anti climatic And while the folklore was a fantastic aspect I just couldn’t get captivated by a uest without urgency Overall it was a good story with gorgeous imagery but it didn’t have the spark I was hoping for Huge thanks to Philomel Books for providing the arc free of charge


  10. says:

    Review to comeI have to know what happens I am absolutely in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and XifengMaybe not such realistic snakes on the cover though yes? I absolutely love the new cover designs they are gorgeous oh man just lookI desperately need Xifeng in my life