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Sue Lynn Tan

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20th century
Malaysia (birth)
Hong Kong
Naomi Davis



i feel like the bones are there with this one... i just can't decide if the aimlessness of this story should be attributed to the writing or the protagonist's lack of self knowledge. this really should've been a novella, if not just part of book 1. not to mention the most tedious gd love triangle ever written, i swear to his celestial majesty... case in point, one of the love interests literally DIES, only to get exhumed and forcefully reincarnated by the other love interest in order to appease the protag. let the man rest, simp … (mere)
ratatatatatat | 12 andre anmeldelser | Feb 21, 2024 |
plot points were a bit convenient at times but i had fun
ratatatatatat | 41 andre anmeldelser | Feb 21, 2024 |
I received this book for free, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

Tales of the Celestial Kingdom is a compilation of short stories set before, during, and after the first two books in the Celestial Kingdom series. Separated into three parts, Dusk – prequel, Twilight – expands relationships in first book, and Dawn – set after second book, the short stories re-imagine myths and are from different character point-of-views. As I've not read the series yet, I only read the Dusk prequel section to begin my journey into this world. I plan on coming back and updating this review as I read each section as I make my way through the series.


He was a hero of the people, a legend of our realm...but for today, I just wanted him to be my husband.

If you have already read the first book in the series, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, you'll soon realize that this is the re-imaging of the Chinese myth the ten Sunbirds and is about the parents of Xingyin, the female lead character of DOTMG. Switching from both Chang'e and Houyi's povs, readers learn that the land is on fire and dying because all ten of the Sunbirds have decided to stay risen in the sky. Houyi is the Emperor's General and thus, taxed with getting the Sunbirds to set. Chang'e is pregnant and not wanting Houyi to leave her and possibly die.

Houyi was visited in a dream and given an amulet to protect himself but he still is leery of taking on the gods. We travel with him as he confronts the Sunbirds, who at first come off as unruly adolescents. Things don't quite go as Houyi wanted but the land is given reprieve and returns to one Sunbird that rises and falls. He returns home a hero and is gifted an elixir of immortality.

Months later we return to a Chang'e who's about to give birth a month early and all alone at the moment. Panicking she ends up taking the elixir, giving herself and her daughter immortality while leaving behind a betrayed look on his face Houyi, as she ascends to the heavens to be with the other immortals.

There were three illustrations that complimented the story and helped readers to visualize the world. For a story only around forty pages, the emotions, the love between Chang'e and Houyi, was intensely felt. I was drawn into this mythological world and after reading about Xingyin's origins, I can't wait to start her book.
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WhiskeyintheJar | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 18, 2024 |
First, I was really looking forward to reading this book, and after I finally did, it didn't disappoint. At first I was afraid it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But it turns out I really like it and the plot just flows.

The characters are in accordance with their respective portions and needs. They have their own role to build the plot and to achieve the desired goals of the story.

I like the character of Xingyin who started out as a naive girl, the daughter of a moon goddess who is isolated and only knows Ping'er and her mother. Then an incident makes her have to face a wide world that is different from her own. How she deals with the events that hit her, makes a decision from every available choice.

I can't wait to read the next book because there are still many unanswered questions in this book.
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oriemint | 41 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2024 |



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