Skybright and Zhen Ni and their allies and adversaries, first introduced in Cindy Pon’s young adult fantasy, Serpentine, return. In Sacrifice, a new threat to Xia involves the mortal realm, the underworlds, and an array of gods, demons, and their chosen earthly representatives. Cindy has generously not only offered fans who preorder copies of Sacrifice swag, including a Skybright and Zhen Ni postcard using Grace Fong's art plus additional goodies, but also will be providing tasty treats at the launch party for attendees, and a drawing for amazing glass art. Want, her near-future thriller set in Taipei, will release next summer.
Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld where demons are bred, while Stone, stripped of his immortal status, must find a way to close hell's breach before more mortals die. Meanwhile, Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, is now wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou, and she finds herself trapped inside an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, Zhen Ni worries that Master Hou is not all he seems. As Skybright begins the dangerous work of freeing Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, nothing can prepare them for an encounter so dark that it threatens to overtake their very beings.
Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming-of-age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she's a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self--even as she falls in love for the first time.
The sequel to the epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy "Silver Phoenix" continues the sweeping quest of Ai Ling, a young woman with astonishing powers granted by the gods.
With a sweeping quest and Chinese-inspired mythology, this debut fantasy introduces a heroine who sheds the constrictions of her sheltered life, discovers the well of power within herself, and vanquishes an age-old evil.