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The Library of Legends: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 28 2020

4.3 out of 5 stars 233 ratings

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  • Item Weight : 431 g
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1443456055
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1443456050
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : HarperAvenue (April 28 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 233 ratings

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The Library of Legends is a gorgeous, poetic journey threaded with mist and magic about a group from a Chinese university who take to the road to escape the Japanese invasion of 1937 – only to discover that danger stalks them from within. Janie Chang pens pure enchantment!”  (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress)

"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends delivers stark historical truths on the tail of a shooting star. Absolutely enchanting."  (Ana Johns, bestselling author of The Woman in the White Kimono)

The Library of Legends is a luminous and enthralling story set during a pivotal period in the making of modern China and highlights the Chinese determination to preserve their culture by saving precious historical treasures at great sacrifice. The exploits of historical characters and ancient mythological beings are interwoven in a blend of wonder, courage, and suspense.”  (Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark )

“Janie Chang has beautifully melded history and the spirit world to create an adventurous love story for all of us readers who love books and who, in a perfect world, would do anything to save them.”  (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women)

“Janie Chang's The Library of Legends is a delicious mix of history, myth and romance. Chang deftly intertwines Chinese folklore and historical detail to create a magical, heartfelt read.”  (Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation)

“Janie Chang has done it again with this story of an exodus of young students  treasured as China’s future  intermingled with an imaginary, unconventional departure of mystical beasts and legendary deities during a war that changes China forever. Evocative, unforgettable, The Library of Legends is truly out of this world!”  —— (Weina Dai Randel, RITA Award-winning author of The Moon in the Palace)

 “Janie Chang brings wartime China to life in The Library of Legends, imbuing her characters with the same epic qualities they find in the mythic figures that follow them on their journey to safety. Moving smoothly between historical fiction and magic realism, this is a beautifully written story of love, hope, and courage.”  (Bryn Turnbull, author of The Woman Before Wallis)

"Atmospheric and beautifully told, Janie Chang has woven a tale that tugs on the threads of China's history and legend alike. Readers will find themselves immersed in this story of love amidst war, hope amidst sacrifice."  (Stephanie Marie Thornton, bestselling author of And They Called It Camelot)

"Vibrant, rich, and moving, The Library of Legends brings an unusual true episode in Chinese history to shimmering, heartfelt life.”  (Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride)

"Janie Chang’s The Library of Legends tells an unforgettable story of love, grief, longing, and duty amid the dangers of war. Lyrical and moving, the novel weaves Chinese history and legend into a seamless, captivating tale. I couldn't put this book down!" (Kristin Beck, author of Courage, My Love)

About the Author

Born in Taiwan, JANIE CHANG has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, New Zealand and Canada. She writes historical fiction with a personal connection, drawing from family history and ancestral stories. Chang has a degree in computer science and is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road.

 

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