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Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amélie Wen Zhao Book Review

Book: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

Series: Song of the Last Kingdom #1

Author: Amélie Wen Zhao

512 pages, Paperback

First published January 3, 2023

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

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This time the east wind brought something that was a real pleasure for all my reading senses!

A beautiful presentation of a wild fairy tale for grown-up children. A delicate touch of the romantic strings in the most exquisite way. Captivating plot and mythology in a world where cruel things happen amidst the enchanting atmosphere. Demons, wizards, energies, battles and sacrifices in a land that harbors a history of fierce clans and brave men for whom the phrase “royalty before life, bravery before death” is stronger than anything else.

Storyline in Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

The spark in the heart of one brave girl will turn the fate of a kingdom plunged into fear and terror after an invasion by ruthless usurpers.

The price a mysterious boy must pay for his people will be cruel.

He’s so young and innocent, but at the same time he has already suffered for several lifetimes. The two will possess the power that will save their world. or destroy it. Hell will be unleashed on the only safe place in the Last Kingdom and everyone will have to “pay” the unthinkable to preserve the hope of salvation for what little is left of it.

My opinion about Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

I don’t know if I need to say that I didn’t miss anything about this fantasy. I got everything I expected and more. You can’t go wrong with the right dose of action, romance, intrigue and magic

That’s the magic of the East and of books. And of good fantasy.

Lately, more and more Eastern myths and legends are being brought to life on the pages of books, thanks to the boundless imagination of their authors. Readers can only rejoice that amidst the mass wave of unique fantasies flooding onto the market like beautiful spring flowers, there are also works that whisk them to the fantastic worlds of the East, where magic, history and fabulous creatures take them on an equal footing with the characters in amazing adventures and atmospheres.

I’ll definitely be reading the sequel to this story…

In a fallen kingdom, one girl carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past—and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart. An epic fantasy series inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.

Once, Lan had a different name. Now she goes by the one the Elantian colonizers gave her when they invaded her kingdom, killed her mother, and outlawed her people’s magic. She spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong, a city transformed by the conquerors, and her days scavenging for what she can find of the past. Anything to understand the strange mark burned into her arm by her mother in her last act before she died.

The mark is mysterious—an untranslatable Hin character—and no one but Lan can see it. Until the night a boy appears at her teahouse and saves her life.

Zen is a practitioner—one of the fabled magicians of the Last Kingdom. Their magic was rumored to have been drawn from the demons they communed with. Magic believed to be long lost. Now it must be hidden from the Elantians at all costs.

When Zen comes across Lan, he recognizes what she is: a practitioner with a powerful ability hidden in the mark on her arm. He’s never seen anything like it—but he knows that if there are answers, they lie deep in the pine forests and misty mountains of the Last Kingdom, with an order of practitioning masters planning to overthrow the Elantian regime.

Both Lan and Zen have secrets buried deep within—secrets they must hide from others, and secrets that they themselves have yet to discover. Fate has connected them, but their destiny remains unwritten. Both hold the power to liberate their land. And both hold the power to destroy the world.

Now the battle for the Last Kingdom begins.


Hello, my name is Todora, but now also known as Dochka or Docheto. I have two wonderful dragons at home (boys ages 5 and 7) that I am trying to raise in the love of books. I was quite a chatterbox as a kid when I had required reading in school, and now I am trying to make up for it. I love reading fantasy, sweet endings are not my "thing". I love it when there are struggles, intrigue, and surprises in a book that shake you to your core. If I fell into paranoia that all the characters were traitors, my rating would be 5 stars. In short, I love to read and if one day I find a way to make this my sole occupation and get paid for it :D, I will have stumbled into heaven.

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