Song of the Crimson Flower is a fast-paced fantasy romance with an engaging plot and lovable characters. It is Dao’s third novel set in the same world as her Rise of the Empress series. As someone who hasn’t read her other books, I can honestly say that everything was explained perfectly, so there was no confusion; you can enjoy this novel without knowing the events of the previous books. Besides the romance, my favorite thing about this book was the underlying moral that second chances are possible and there are many that deserve that chance. Everyone makes mistakes in life and I enjoyed seeing this represented in a YA fantasy novel.
— Cassidy Washburn
From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.
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?
In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.
About the Author
Julie Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese American who was born in Upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. She is the author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.
Praise for Song of the Crimson Flower:
"Dao's latest fuses beats of Cyrano de Bergerac with elements from her Rise of the Empress duology to create an East Asian–influenced tale of love, greed, politics, addiction, and found family." --Publishers Weekly
"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." --SLJ
"It hits all the notes for a romantic fantasy that is enjoyable and appropriate for both younger and older readers." --VOYA
"The perfect choice for readers who love a fairy tale fantasy but are looking to move past conventional Western fare." --BCCB