Waiting on Wednesday: Serpentine

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Cindy Pon, Serpentine

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Title:  Serpentine

Author: Cindy Pon

Release Date:  9 August 2015

More Details on Cindy’s Site!

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is 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.

Asian mythology FTW!  The Legend of the White Snake is one of my favourite Chinese tales, so I am so happy to see elements of this in the synopsis! I also enjoyed Cindy’s last two Xia books, they brought to mind the ancient Chinese drama I used to watch.  Looks like the story will be focused on the magic of ladies-friendship, which is even better as I am getting jaded by all the romance in books I’ve read recently.

If you preorder through Mysterious Galaxy, you can also get your own copy of Cindy’s Chinese brush painting art. I remember being sent a painting of a lotus when I preordered Silver Phoenix.

16 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Serpentine

  1. Yes this one sounds very good. The cover reminds me a bit of the disney cartoon Mulan though, but Cindy Pon writes some great books.

    Grace @ Books of Love


    1. Yeah the cover looks a bit MG doesn’t it. But content is what matters most ^_^

      Thanks for commenting!


  2. I’m Chinese and don’t watch Chinese drama, but I definitely LOVE the synopsis for this book! Any time I come across a book featuring my nationality/heritage (Chinese/Filipino), I am SO GAME for it. Awesome pick, Aentee! <33

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings


    1. Hi Aimee, thanks for commenting!

      Yes! My heart does a twirl whenever I see an Asian protagonist. Hope this will pave way for more books like it!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Don’t we just LOVE IT when books about or are based off other cultured are published/highlighted in a book? I am not familiar with the tale, but the fact that it is something that I don’t know excites me a lot. I would love to love this book and learn from it!

    Faye at The Social Potato


    1. I love that YA books of late have been exploring different cultural settings like Arabia, Asia, Russia etc… Hope it’s not a trend but just how things will be from now on 😀

      Thanks for commenting, Faye!


    1. Hi Aylee! Thanks for commenting.

      Cindy Pon has two books out set in the same world. Hope you enjoy them 🙂


    1. Hi downrightdystopian, thanks for commenting.

      Glad I helped you find the book, I really hope you enjoy it 😀


  4. I enjoyed The Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (food descriptions in that story made me hungry, ha, but I liked the dreamy fantasy feel.) I’m also looking forward to Serpentine.

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