Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Edition: Amazon Kindle

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Jade has been exiled from her kingdom, thanks to her stepmother, Empress Xifeng. But the Empress cannot let Jade out of her sight any longer. The older and more capable she becomes, the more she poses a threat. Determined to defeat Xifeng and the evil that threatens her kingdom, Jade sets out on a magical journey of exploring the world of legends in order to write her own.

Book Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Book Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Edition: Amazon Kindle

Rating: ★★★★★

The Poppy War follows the journey of young Rin who has shucked the societal expectations placed on a dark-skinned, poor war-orphan, and made her way to the most elite training Academy in the Empire. It is her story on finding ways beyond human capabilities to prove her worth, and to show the world that she is not someone to be taken lightly – all while coming to terms with the reality of war.