Hello my wonderful Ink Drinkers, and welcome back to my page! Today, I am bringing you a tour for one of my most anticipated reads of 2023. Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amèlie Wen Zhao. I want to thank Turn the Page Tours and Random House Kids for an advanced copy of this book for an honest opinion.
In a fallen kingdom, one girl carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past—and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart. An epic fantasy series inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.
Once, Lan had a different name. Now she goes by the one the Elantian colonizers gave her when they invaded her kingdom, killed her mother, and outlawed her people’s magic. She spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong, a city transformed by the conquerors, and her days scavenging for what she can find of the past. Anything to understand the strange mark burned into her arm by her mother in her last act before she died.
The mark is mysterious—an untranslatable Hin character—and no one but Lan can see it. Until the night a boy appears at her teahouse and saves her life.
Zen is a practitioner—one of the fabled magicians of the Last Kingdom. Their magic was rumored to have been drawn from the demons they communed with. Magic believed to be long lost. Now it must be hidden from the Elantians at all costs.
When Zen comes across Lan, he recognizes what she is: a practitioner with a powerful ability hidden in the mark on her arm. He’s never seen anything like it—but he knows that if there are answers, they lie deep in the pine forests and misty mountains of the Last Kingdom, with an order of practitioning masters planning to overthrow the Elantian regime.
Both Lan and Zen have secrets buried deep within—secrets they must hide from others, and secrets that they themselves have yet to discover. Fate has connected them, but their destiny remains unwritten. Both hold the power to liberate their land. And both hold the power to destroy the world.
Now the battle for the Last Kingdom begins.
So, just in case you guys didn’t know. Mythology and/or retellings of any type are my jam. Could it be the Ancient History Minor maybe, but that’s neither here nor there.
This book has everything you would even want in a retelling: folklore about demon like creatures, complex magical systems, chapters that leave you wanting more, character building, world building. If you’re looking for it, this book probably has it. The only thing I’m upset about is how quickly I devoured this book.
The complex character arc that was introduced into this story will have you thinking about it long after you’re finished reading. The story – the adventures that the main characters go through, and the way they navigate their feelings for one another.. whew.
Phenomenal writing style, everything flows so nice and neatly. I cannot wait to see what book 2 will have in store for us. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for it.
TITLE: Song of Silver, Flame like Night
AUTHOR: Amelie Wen Zhao
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
RELEASE DATE: January 3. 2023
GENRES: YA Fantasy, mythology, Chinese folklore
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