Song of the Crimson Flower

By: Julie C. Dao

Will love break the spell?

After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

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ISBN: 9781524738358

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Fantasy , Blessing and cursing , Social classes , Magic , Folklore , Quests , Kingdoms , Romance

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Bao, training as a physician’s apprentice, is an orphan with no family or property to his name. Despite this, he loves Lan, the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, who is certainly destined for an advantageous marriage. Lan, meanwhile, dreams of finding love and a proper marriage, and she has her sights set not on Bao, but on the physician’s son. W Bao, training as a physician’s apprentice, is an orphan with no family or property to his name. Despite this, he loves Lan, the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, who is certainly destined for an advantageous marriage. Lan, meanwhile, dreams of finding love and a proper marriage, and she has her sights set not on Bao, but on the physician’s son. When Bao falls prey to a witch’s spell, he must set out on a journey to break it and Lan, despite their differences, insists on accompanying him. Meanwhile, the mysterious bloodpox is spreading, and along with it rumors of dark magic that may somehow be connected to Bao’s mysterious past. On their journey to break the spell, Bao and Lan meet characters familiar to fans of Dao’s other novels and learn to rely on themselves, on others, and on love. In a fairy-tale world based on Vietnam, familiar tropes are explored in new ways and though characters are imperfect, they grow and change. Powered by quiet, satisfying prose and a sense of magic and wonder, this will appeal to lovers of fairy-tale retellings and new fantasy worlds. Standing apart from Dao’s other works, prior knowledge of the world is not necessary to enjoy this lovely tale.

Book Details

ISBN

9781524738358

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Philomel

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Fantasy, Blessing and cursing, Social classes, Magic, Folklore, Quests, Kingdoms, Romance,

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