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Song of the Crimson Flower



by
Julie C. Dao

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Philomel
ISBN
9781524738358
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
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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?Cast of characters.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

6.4: points 13

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Topics

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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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.

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