Sunday, October 9, 2011

Red Phoenix - Kylie Chan

Red Phoenix (Dark Heavens book two)
Kylie Chan
HarperCollins
Copyright: September 2011
978-0061994098

The Amazon.com product description:
Immortals, martial arts, gods, and demons
The intrigue deepens as the demon threat closes around mortals and gods alike . . .
When Emma Donahoe took the position of nanny to John Chen’s daughter Simone, she never expected to be caring for the child of a Chinese god, and she didn’t expect that demons would want him dead. Nor has moving from nanny to partner in his heavenly realm made Emma’s life any easier. Now a powerful race of demons has been created to hunt her and her family from Hong Kong to Europe. And she and Simone have become targets— pawns to be used in a deadly celestial power play. 
Red Phoenix is the sequel to the book White Tiger which I was raving about last week. It's also one of the novels I was talking about in my last post: Wanting and Not Wanting To Finish A Book. Well, I finally finished reading it, and I'm now waiting very eagerly for Blue Dragon, the third book in the trilogy to be released. Less than a month to wait...

Kylie Chan has created a wonderful world in this series. One that's very different from the standard Urban Fantasy type place - mostly because she's using the mythology from a completely different part of the world. There's no Fae or Werewolves here, instead it's nearly all from the oriental mythologies. And, you don't have to be familiar with it at all. I'm certainly not. Enough is explained within the context of the story to understand what's going on and who's who.

Red Phoenix picks up where White Tiger left off more or less and thoroughly sucks the reader in. Throughout the book, we find out more details about John and also about the other characters from the first book. It all melds together wonderfully, although it's hard to say anything without risking spoilers for both books. Suffice it to say that some of the questions I had from the first book were answered, but others were left for later, and new questions were raised to which I really want answers.

I'm definitely going to recommend this book and I can't wait for the next one, as I've already said.
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