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Song of Silver, Flame like Night
by Amélie Wen Zhao
Release Date: January 3, 2023
Genre: YA Fantasy, mythology, Chinese folklore
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In a fallen kingdom, one girl carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past—and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart. An epic fantasy series inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.
Once, Lan had a different name. Now she goes by the one the Elantian colonizers gave her when they invaded her kingdom, killed her mother, and outlawed her people’s magic. She spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong, a city transformed by the conquerors, and her days scavenging for what she can find of the past. Anything to understand the strange mark burned into her arm by her mother in her last act before she died.
The mark is mysterious—an untranslatable Hin character—and no one but Lan can see it. Until the night a boy appears at her teahouse and saves her life.
Zen is a practitioner—one of the fabled magicians of the Last Kingdom. Their magic was rumored to have been drawn from the demons they communed with. Magic believed to be long lost. Now it must be hidden from the Elantians at all costs.
When Zen comes across Lan, he recognizes what she is: a practitioner with a powerful ability hidden in the mark on her arm. He’s never seen anything like it—but he knows that if there are answers, they lie deep in the pine forests and misty mountains of the Last Kingdom, with an order of practitioning masters planning to overthrow the Elantian regime.
Both Lan and Zen have secrets buried deep within—secrets they must hide from others, and secrets that they themselves have yet to discover. Fate has connected them, but their destiny remains unwritten. Both hold the power to liberate their land. And both hold the power to destroy the world.
Now the battle for the Last Kingdom begins.
She stood, her hands suddenly trembling. “Let her soul go.”chapter 37, Song of Silver, Flame like Night, uncorrected ARC edition
I am afraid that isn’t part of the bargain, the Dragon replied. A bargain is irreversible, young mortal.
“There is always a way,” Lan replied. “Name your condition. Name your price.”
Oh, but her soul is worth so many more, the Silver Dragon crooned, and Lan had the urge to sink her nails into its face and gouge its eyes out. I’m afraid it isn’t quite replaceable. Unless… It drew so close in the blink of an eyes that Lan flinched. Perhaps [redacted] would do. Younger in age, and with just as much power.
“Deal,” Lan replied.
About the Author
Amélie Wen Zhao（赵雯）was born in Paris and grew up in Beijing, where she spent her days reenacting tales of legendary heroes, ancient kingdoms, and lost magic at her grandmother’s courtyard house. She attended college in the United States and now resides in New York City, working as a finance professional by day and fantasy author by night. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family in China, where she’s determined to walk the rivers and lakes of old just like the practitioners in her novels do.