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Song of the Crimson Flower

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Absorbing companion story to Asian-inspired fantasy series.

Book Julie C. Dao Fantasy 2019
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Fantasy fans, especially those who liked the Rise of the Empress series, will will enjoy delving into this richly imagined fantasy world with a distinct Asian flair. Song of the Crimson Flower features magical abilities, a mysterious witch, blossoming romance, a ruthless leader, and the adventure of a lifetime. It's a separate story with different characters from the Empress series. Although it's set in the same world and a few characters from that series appear here, you don't need to read the other two books first to fully enjoy this one.

Author Julie C. Dao continues to create relatable, colorful characters and put them in a vivid and richly imagined world. The satisfying ending leaves the door open for continuing stories about Lan and Bao. A strong plot element involving illegal drugs and mild violence make it best for teens and up.

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