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Julie C. Dao is one of my all time favorite authors. Her book, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, was a beautifully well written story filled of darkness, magic and hope. It’s a book that as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to go back and read it again❤️
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix was absolutely beautiful and a definitely a delightful read.
What I love about Julie’s stories is how she incorporates both, the good and the evil and how we are able to see the way the characters take decisions that without a doubt could help them succeed on their quest or affect those they love the most.
This story was a rollercoaster of emotions. Just like in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie kept surprising me till the very end. One of the things I love to read about in books is when the characters have to go on an epic quest and guess what?! In Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix Jade, alongside her friends, Koichi and Wren, have to go on a quest where they have to gather relics that will help them defeat Xifeng, the ruthless empress…
There are so many amazing things I loved about this book, one of them is Julie’s writing style. As soon as I started to read this book I was immersed into a world full of magic. Her world-building was amazing and the way she described everything in the story made me feel as if I was part of it.
As soon as I read about The Great Forest again, I didn’t know how much I’d missed it. I wish I could visit this magical forest someday.
Another thing I loved was the fact that I had lots of favorite characters. Koichi, Wren, Fu, Ming and Jade. Jade was an authentic character that I think we can all relate to at some point. She was someone who struggled with her fears and I admired the things she did to try to overcome them. She was someone who was often afraid of not being the person her people and her friends needed her to be, but Jade was a character who we can see gaining confidence throughout the story. She was brave even in hardest of times, she was without a doubt an incredible character.
Xifeng surprised me so many times. She was, without a doubt, a ruthless empress, but as soon as Jade met her and they actually talk to each other… it was amazing because I didn’t know what to expect! I was nervous and I wasn’t even there😆 It was also nice to read about characters that appeared in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, all I’m going to say here is WOW because… WOW🙌
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is definitely one of my new all time favorite books. It was beautiful, once I started to read it I didn’t want to stop. Julie surprised me SO MANY TIMES. There was lots of storytelling, action and just the right amount of romance😍 IT WAS PERFECT, I highly recommend you to read this book❤️
About The Author: Julie C. Dao
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Julie C. 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. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England.