It also doesn’t mean that it’s a bad book; it just didn’t work for me. The happily every after felt surreal because it seemed impossible for everything to be sorted out so cleanly.

The sequel switches gears and focuses on Jade (east Asian Snow White, reimagined), who is destined to overthrow her evil stepmother Xifeng and save the kingdom. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases....hey, we had to upgrade our hosting due to our amazing number of readers...we're just trying to pay for it! Based on the latest set of spoilers, fans would see Perospero, Big Mom and Marco the Phoenix in a meeting in the upcoming installment of the hit manga series. I thought it would focus on Xifeng, the main character in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns.

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A Forest of Thousand Lanterns is one of the few books that split Chelsey and my decision. When she was first introduced, I was a little bit excited. 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 forget.

Even though she doesn’t want to lead, she sees the state of the kingdom and decides to gather power to try to assume her rightful place on the throne. Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu.

When i found out that the sequel would follow Princess Jade I was really excited. I absolutely love how you have the “Another Opinon” section & the “Book Aesthetics” are so fun.

The alliance could have been the dark horse of Kaido’s enemies.

This book started with promise, had a good premise, and wrapped up in an exciting way. 'One Piece' 992 Spoilers: Oden’s Controversial Retainer Unleashed Powerful Attack To Counter Kaido, ‘Murder Hornet’ Protection Suits Impress, Entertain And Surprise Critics, 3-Year-Old Dies After Shooting Himself At Birthday Party, Watch 'SNL' Tackle The Debate, Village People And Bachelor, Dinner Off As Italy Closes Restaurants Early In Virus Crackdown, The Possibilities AND the Pitfalls of Remote Work, 10 Of America's Top CEOs Talk with IBT's Social Capital About How To Be Authentic, "One Piece" Chapter 992 would reportedly show the meeting of Marco, Big Mom and Perospero, "One Piece" Chapter 992 would reportedly feature Kaido vs. Akazaya Nine fight. However, with the grand scale that Kingdom shifted into, it seemed anticlimactic and almost insulting that she was taken out so easily. Read a full recap of the first book in this series (spoilers! Kingdom, on the other hand, was a full fledged fantasy epic.

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Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019. In this rendition of the ever-popular Snow White tale, our favorite poisoned-apple-eating princess is an exiled-monk-in-training named Jade, and together with her ragtag group of friends, she must set out on a…*drumroll please* HERO’S JOURNEY. I love retellings SO MUCH, but it’s a real bummer whenever the outcomes are almost exactly what we see coming. So why was I bored for such a long stretch in the middle? Just because I didn’t absolutely love Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix doesn’t mean you won’t! This review contains spoilers, please be advised and look out for the spoiler warning.

Somehow, that’s a lot less exciting.

Follow Book Series Recaps on Instagram and Twitter. It's hard to like Xifeng in Forest, where she continually makes the decisions that drag her deeper into the evil god's clutches.

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“Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is the stunning counterpoint to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. Just as good as before.

), Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019. I understand Dao wanted to give her a human end because she was human – an ending that might’ve fit the tone of the first book.

Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And while I still enjoyed Jade as a character, after reading about Xi Feng in the first book, Jade felt like underdeveloped in comparison. Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. March 30, 2021

Dao’s prose is once again great, and I love reading about Asian culture. Status: Finished Reading (29 November 2018). Title: Kingdom of the Blazing Pheonix Series: Rise of the Empress Author: Julie C. Dao Publisher: Philomel Books I could say Snow White meets Chinese fantasy but I could also just tell you its a classic story of good vs evil. Great review, Kat!

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However, according to the latest “One Piece” Chapter 992 spoilers, Perospero’s proposed alliance would not materialize because Charlotte Linlin does not want to break her recently forged ties with the Beast Pirates’ captain. March 2, 2021

The idea of there being a quest was pretty intriguing when interwoven into the Snow White myth. A refreshing take on the classic heroine, and an adventure of stories nestled within stories, this is a book fairytale lovers will tuck among their most beloved treasures.” —Emily X.R.

I thought it would focus on Xifeng, the main character in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I believe this was partially because of the approach to fantasy that this book had compared to the first book.

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Fantastically woven with fairytale elements, a quest, and fantastic pacing this was a great read.

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