Song of Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao – 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.
Publisher: Philomel Books (November 5, 2019)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
About the author: (from Amazon.com) Julie C. Dao 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 www.juliedao.com
Review of Song of the Crimson Flower
Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao is a captivating young adult fantasy that reads like a movie. The writing is wonderful! The author starts the story out slow and gradually picks up the pace making it hard to put down. The characters are mysterious and vivid with intriguing backstories that slowly come to light at just the right time to make the story easy to get lost in. Song of the Crimson Flower is an engaging young adult fantasy that is sure to stay with you long after reading. A lovely read for those who love fairy tales. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*