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Author: Cindy Pon
Release Date: 9 August 2015
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.