Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
This is the sequel to the author's debut Silver Phoenix which I loved. So I was really looking forward to reading Fury of the Phoenix, and seeing Ai Ling the main character again.
Fury of the Phoenix alternates between the past and the present. In the present, Ai Ling, believes Chen Yong life is in danger. Ai Ling sneaks on the ship Chen Yong taking bound to Jiang Dao, in search of his birth father.
In the past, Zhong Ye a young eunuch, trying to gain standing in the palace. Zhong Ye comes for a poor farming family, he wants to become the kings most trusted advisor. In Silver Phoneix Zhong Ye is the villain, this time we get to see him, before he's corrupted. In the present Zhong Ye is in hell, but he's still connected to and haunts Ai Ling's spirit. She must figure out a way to be rid of Zhong Ye forever.
Ai Ling and Chen Yong still have a chemistry. It's one of the stories strengths. In the past, we get to meet Silver Phoneix the woman who loved a young Zhong Ye. Their love was beautiful. Pon allows the reader to see how much Silver Phoenix meant to Zhong Ye. It's easy to see how Zhong Ye could go bad after losing her.
Fury of the Phoenix is as visually decription as Silver Phoenix. The first book had more action. I loved all the action and was looking forward to more of it in Fury of the Phoenix. Out of the two, Silver Phoenix is my favorite. Though in the end I was happy with Fury of the Phoenix. I also have much respect for an author that challenges themselves to bring something different to a sequel.