Looking for a fresh, original high fantasy novel? Looking for a book with a strong, complex female protagonist? Check out Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.
This is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read since Kristin Cashore’s Graceling. Fantastic world-building, an intriguing villain (especially in the 2nd book), and fast-paced plot. I absolutely love that this is an Asian inspired fantasy, and if you enjoyed Shannon Hale’s Book of a Thousand Days, you’ll love this!
Essential plot: Ai Ling goes off in search of her father who she fears is dead, and while on her journey, meets the handsome Chen Yong and discovers she has the power to read and control other people’s spirits. She must face a great evil who has been using other’s souls for his own immortality.
Word of Caution: I definitely could not recommend this to my 6th graders because of some mature violence and sexual themes. But a great read for the upper YA bracket!
Note: This is a two book series.
Book One = Silver Phoenix
Book Two = Fury of the Phoenix