The Library of Legends: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 28 2020
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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
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"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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You can read this book as a simple tale or you can look deeper & be transformed.
Running through this gripping tale like silver thread through a rich tapestry is another exodus -- the gods are leaving earth. I found myself sighing with pleasure over Chang's exquisite descriptions of these Immortals, who appear in their true form only to certain humans.
The students face all of the expected dangers of their pilgrimage, but another threat comes from within: there has been an infiltration of political spies determined to stamp out the spread of communism among China's youth.
An enchanting, compelling work of historical fiction, The Library of Legends is an absolute treasure.