Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2)
This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to the Rise of the Empress novels.Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn't want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?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.Fans of Stealing Snow, Red Queen, and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page-turning read.

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2) Details

TitleKingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherPhilomel Books (Penguin Random House)
ISBN-139781524738334
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2) Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    January 14, 2018:Hello lovely readers! I never visit my books' Goodreads pages anymore, since these should be safe spaces for readers to share whatever they think and I 100% respect that. Thank you for telling others what you think, no matter what review or rating you leave, because you took time out of your day to do so. I appreciate it!In that spirit, I am just here quickly to share my excitement about KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX with you! The book comes out in October, and we don't have a January 14, 2018:Hello lovely readers! I never visit my books' Goodreads pages anymore, since these should be safe spaces for readers to share whatever they think and I 100% respect that. Thank you for telling others what you think, no matter what review or rating you leave, because you took time out of your day to do so. I appreciate it!In that spirit, I am just here quickly to share my excitement about KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX with you! The book comes out in October, and we don't have a cover or an exact release date yet, but I hope we will soon. I'll announce on Twitter and Instagram, and I'm sure the good folks here at Goodreads will put them up here for you to see. We'll also have a synopsis shortly, I think!I'm revising this book right now and loving it just as much as I loved FOTL, but in a different way. They are different "book babies," after all! As some of you may know, KINGDOM features a different heroine (and I love her with all my heart; she is a cinnamon roll, but with a little spice to her) and it has a very different format --- it follows the classic quest/epic fantasy adventure style that I love, with a healthy dose of inspiration from folktales.I hope you'll enjoy reading this story as much as I am enjoying writing it! It's been a lot of hard work, but I hope it will be worthwhile.Ok, I'm off and I won't be back here, but please find me on Twitter (@jules_writes) or Instagram (@juliecdao)! Happy reading to you all!XOXOJulie
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I already need to read this. I feel like 2018 is already too far away. Cover and info needed pleaseeeeee———-We have a title!
  • Natalie Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    Predictions: (view spoiler)[1) White Jade is Snow White2) Akira's son is the prince 3) Wei is the hunter who lets White Jade go4) The price Xifeng pays is that she can't have kids. (hide spoiler)]
  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    I'm constantly checking to see when this book will have more info. I am so anxious that this beautiful anti-hero is going to end horribly because the actual "hero" has to win in the end, right? UGH. I need this book so badly.- - - That Title is on FIRE.
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  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    I have to know what happens, I am absolutely in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Xifeng.Maybe not such realistic snakes on the cover though, yes? I absolutely love the new cover designs they are gorgeous oh man just look.I desperately need more Xifeng in my life!
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    cover reveal added! I'm so excited for this series to continue.
  • Hiba
    January 1, 1970
    AHHHHHHH the blurb!!!! I hope in the end Jade and Xeifeng become friends and burn the world together!!!!! NOW GIMME THE BOOK NOW______________Call me crazy but I want to know more about White Jade then Xifeng. I can't stop thinking where this would go.
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  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    January 1, 1970
    OH. They changed the cover.. Well looks like I won't be getting this then. Yes I need my books to match..IDC
  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZINGSPECTACULARMAGNIFICENTI LOVE THIS BETTER THAN FOTL? IF PENGUIN DOESN'T PUSH THIS I STG
  • ☽ MaryJane ✨
    January 1, 1970
    12/14 - THAT TITLE HAS ME SO HYPED _________I NEED IT.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Not a huge fan of this cover and it also does not at all match the first book...
  • Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)
    January 1, 1970
    Really excited for this one!!!Although, don't know how I feel about such drastic cover change. The first one was pretty! My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG
  • N.K. Traver
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this, and I can confirm you are in for a treat. This is an epic sequel that succeeds in being both really different from book 1, but also comfortably familiar. There's lots to love here, from seeing where each character in book 1 ends up after 15 years, to exploring the incredible world of Feng Lu, to the gut-wrenching ending. A thrill ride of a read. Don't miss this series!
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    In many ways, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s predecessor, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, was dark and uncomfortable (in a good way!) and a retelling of a villain origin story. Obviously I therefore loved it. But I wasn’t sure how that would fold into Kingdom. Kingdom is definitely not as dark and uncomfortable! By the end it is a wonderful tale of friendship and a great re-imagining of Snow White in an Asian setting. It starts pretty slowly, and I have to say I In many ways, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s predecessor, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, was dark and uncomfortable (in a good way!) and a retelling of a villain origin story. Obviously I therefore loved it. But I wasn’t sure how that would fold into Kingdom. Kingdom is definitely not as dark and uncomfortable! By the end it is a wonderful tale of friendship and a great re-imagining of Snow White in an Asian setting. It starts pretty slowly, and I have to say I did struggle with that a little. I was enjoying it, but not super loving it. All that changed when they went on a QUEST. Yes that’s right, it turned into my favourite type of book!! Yayyyyyyy! I *adore* quest books. No idea why. And every page after they went on the quest was brilliant and wonderful. I especially loved the way the fairytales woven into the story and led them onwards. And the moment between Jade, Wren and Koichi just before they leave Ming’s. I think it was very cleverly done :)I did enjoy the book before the quest - especially getting to see who Xifeng had become, and how life had changed in the years since Forest occurred. I think that was the bit hardest for me - so much time had passed in the book universe, there was a lot to remember and catch up on. But totally worth it. I like that Xifeng was still dark and scary, even more so really, given everything we learn. I also really liked how her tale played out. This book is an excellent counterpart to its dark and sinister sister, by keeping some of those parts, but also letting the light seep through. I challenge you to read it and not finish with a smile on your face. 4.5 stars.
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  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    I MISS MY POWER-HUNGRY DAUGHTER XIFENG SO MUCH !!
  • ella ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much more than Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - I was a little iffy about picking it up but I’m so glad I did! The relationship between Jade, Wren and Koichi was so lovely and I’m so glad there was a strong friendship between them 🙈
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  • Sasha Nanua
    January 1, 1970
    Simply put, this is one of the best books I ever have ever had the pleasure of reading. And I do not say that lightly. This book was action-packed from its core, the quest was a non-stop questioning of Will she succeed/Won’t she succeed, and the characters were well-drawn. I am SO happy with this book, and here’s why. 1. It was a great follow-up to book 1. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns held all the markers of a villain origin story, and this book managed to hold up to that—and surpass it. It’s e Simply put, this is one of the best books I ever have ever had the pleasure of reading. And I do not say that lightly. This book was action-packed from its core, the quest was a non-stop questioning of Will she succeed/Won’t she succeed, and the characters were well-drawn. I am SO happy with this book, and here’s why. 1. It was a great follow-up to book 1. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns held all the markers of a villain origin story, and this book managed to hold up to that—and surpass it. It’s easy to think, What can get better than the origin story of the Evil Queen/Empress of Feng Lu? Well, this one can. Princess Jade’s story was filled with questions of her own identity, where she belongs, and how she can succeed on her quest. I was thrilled on every page, to the point where I needed to take a breather because it was just. That. Good. 2. The PLOT. This book had an amazing plot about finding the relics of the Dragon Lords, one which reminded me heavily of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry having to find the Horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort). I was on the edge of my seat, waiting with bated breath to see what would happen next.3. The characters. I wasn’t sure how Princess Jade would hold a candle to Xifeng, and yet her character was dynamic and with a purpose. She had her own tug-of-war with her emotions, and yet also knew that she could be both the down-home girl from the monastery as well as Princess of an empire. Overall, this book was an amazing follow-up to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and I can’t wait to see what Julie Dao writes next. I will be pre-ordering this one for sure, as everyone should!Thanks Penguin Teen Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 5 stars
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  • Myka Kobb
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT (4/9/18): LOOK AT THAT COVER LOOK AT THAT SYNOPSIS LOOK AT THAT FUCKING MASTERPIECE
  • camillereads
    January 1, 1970
    I'm rooting for you, Xifeng!
  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-reviewOh my god, I didn't *love* Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but since this is a princess reclaiming her kingdom with dragon gods, I'm hopeful for this one. Also the new covers are amazing.
  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    HA I KNEW IT. I KNEW THE SECOND BOOK WAS GOING TO BE ABOUT THIS AHHAHAHAH
  • June Hur
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book for review from Penguin Teen Canada.People kept telling me that KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHEONIX (Book 2) was even better than FOTL and I just could not imagine how, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. So I dove into the second book with high expectations and was NOT disappointed. The beginning started slowly, and for a good reason: Dao took the time to develop the characters and their relationships, and to build the conflict between Xifeng and Jade until I I received a free copy of this book for review from Penguin Teen Canada.People kept telling me that KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHEONIX (Book 2) was even better than FOTL and I just could not imagine how, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. So I dove into the second book with high expectations and was NOT disappointed. The beginning started slowly, and for a good reason: Dao took the time to develop the characters and their relationships, and to build the conflict between Xifeng and Jade until I was holding my breath, fearing for Jade (and her heart). Quarter way into the book, the pace really picked up in an action packed race to the finish line. A finish line upon which the fate of an entire kingdom rested. And the journey to The End was an absolute joy and thrill to read! The way Dao wove fairytales and their retellings into the novel... I was blown away and incredibly impressed.Side note: What I also really enjoyed about KINGDOM was how well it contrasted with the first book. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns explored how isolating and poisonous the hunger for power could be, and you could see this in Xifeng's relationship with other women, seeing women as rivals to despise and to mock rather than as allies. In beautiful contrast, KINGDOM explores deep, poignant friendships and sacrificial love between men and women alike. Friendships that will leave your heart warm and hopeful long after the last page. I can't even remember how many times I cried, but I'm pretty sure I cried/teared up more than five times. So yes, I thought this contrast was masterfully done. Conclusion: The readers that told me that book 2 was even better were right. If you enjoyed FOTL you will absolutely adore KINGDOM!
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little worried going into this one. Could it possibly be as good as Forest of a Thousand Lanterns? Second books are often weaker, what if this wasn't good, what if it spoiled the memory of Forest for me?I shouldn't have worried. This is an amazing close to the series, with fantastic characters and even more of the wonderful worldbuilding I loved so much in Forest. I loved watching characters I knew turn back up in unexpected ways, playing different roles this time around. I can't wait to I was a little worried going into this one. Could it possibly be as good as Forest of a Thousand Lanterns? Second books are often weaker, what if this wasn't good, what if it spoiled the memory of Forest for me?I shouldn't have worried. This is an amazing close to the series, with fantastic characters and even more of the wonderful worldbuilding I loved so much in Forest. I loved watching characters I knew turn back up in unexpected ways, playing different roles this time around. I can't wait to see what else Julie has lined up for us. I'm sure it'll be amazing.She didn't know if she would be successful. She didn't care to make grand, empty promises - to herself or anyone else - that she might be the ruler Feng Lu deserved. But if she ever reached that throne, she would try to be an empress of whom her family might be proud.Yes, there was time yet to discover what sort of monarch she wished to be.For if you wished it, you could light all the world.Jade lifted the rose higher and raised her chin to face the darkness.
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    This was a super intense series for me. I feel it’s almost a bit too much for me (I’m the one that can’t watch TV much at all cause unless it’s comedy or reality tv it’s too intense). But I enjoyed this. It’s definitely unique and I appreciate that. Loved that Dragons were present, even if only for a couple parts. :)
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  • Rafael Ray (The Royal Polar Bear Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I can't with this book. I have so many emotions and I was mesmerized by Dao's writing style that I felt I was in the world of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix being enchanted by her magic and words. Full review to come!
  • Karoline Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this book a good deal, but...I don't know, I felt there was a little something missing, perhaps it was a bit rushed in places, perhaps the style of language used throughout wasn't entirely consistent, I'm not sure. I would still recommend as a sequel though.
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  • Lor
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO FREAKING GOOD! Julie’s writing has improved so much and Jade as a main character was a joy to read versus Xifeng in the first book who just had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, haha.
  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    What an ending. Julie’s crafted a wonderful duology, and I can’t wait to talk about it more in the fall!
  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously, wow. Review coming closer to publication day, but if you loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, you'll be thrilled with Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix!
  • Breanna Boyer
    January 1, 1970
    A bit sad about the cover change as I was dying for one similar to the first only with a Dragon instead of a Snake but still very excited after reading the sneak peek. Please do my a favor and go read the first if you haven’t.
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