January 05, 2023

#BookReview: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night (Song of the Last Kingdom #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao

Synopsis: 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.

This title will be released on January 3, 2023.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review: I was super excited about this one but also not holding out a lot of hope. If that makes sense.  I tried this authors other story and ended up DNFing it.  And sadly this one was full of heavy descriptions that just didn't work for me. 


“A gloriously rendered tale of power and what we’ll do to protect. Perfect for fans of The Untamed. I loved it!” —Shelley Parker-Chan, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of She Who Became the Sun

“Devastatingly gorgeous. Each page of 
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night unfolds with a deliberate, skilled hand. Amélie Wen Zhao writes with a direct line to my heart.” —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

“An epic, masterfully rendered tale of reckoning and heritage that draws its readers into a world as rich as it is nuanced, and as intriguing as it is magical.” —Ayana Gray, 
New York Timesbestselling author of Beasts of Prey

“A thrilling quest, a wild and wondrous magic system, twists and turns aplenty—but the true jewel in 
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night is how Zhao expertly handles the heart-wrenching impact of generational inheritance. Prepare to stay up all night!” —Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series

“Gorgeous, evocative, and thrilling. The combination of the lush prose, intricate world building, and an utterly compelling plot kept me gripped from the very first page to the last. I absolutely loved it.” — Katherine Webber, author of 
Twin Crowns
“An immersive fantasy that will sweep you to another realm. This book will pull you in and never let you go.” —June Hur, bestselling and Edgar Award–-nominated author of
 The Forest of Stolen Girls, and The Red Palace.
“Lyrical and richly imagined, 
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night brims with pure magic. Zhao has woven together a story of self-discovery, slow-burning romance, and heart-pounding revelations.” —Rebecca Ross, internationally bestselling author of A River Enchanted
“A captivating epic fantasy set in a rich world steeped in culture and legend, with intricate magic and unforgettable characters woven into the gripping plot. I can’t wait for the sequel!”— Sue Lynn Tan, bestselling author of 
Daughter of the Moon Goddess

“Zhao weaves a haunting tale steeped in myth and legend. This is a story that will captivate and spellbind readers until the very end.”—Francesca Flores, author of 
Diamond City

“Brimming with gorgeous prose, 
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night is a magical tale set in a glittering, dangerous world featuring a dynamic heroine and an enigmatic hero. I followed them to the very last heart-stopping page as they battled their way through every twist and turn.” —Isabel Ibañez, author of Together We Burn

"A complex and fantastic introduction to an epic new world." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Amélie Wen Zhao was born in Paris and grew up in Beijing, where she spent her days reenacting tales of legendary heroes, ancient kingdoms, and lost magic at her grandmother’s courtyard house. She attended college in the United States and now resides in New York City, working as a finance professional by day and fantasy author by night. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family in China, where she’s determined to walk the rivers and lakes of old just like the practitioners in her novels do. Amélie is the author of the Blood Heir trilogy—Blood HeirRed Tigress, and Crimson Reign—as well as Song of Silver, Flame Like Night.

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