FOX AND PHOENIX
Bernobich’s YA debut is well written, fast paced and one heck of a read. While Kai and Yún are fairly young, they’re both resourceful and smart and don’t let their personal differences get in the way of their common goal (much). The world of the novel is unique and accessible and the magic-powered technology is fascinating. Fans of Bernobich’s adult work will enjoy this, as well as the younger readers for whom it’s intended.
When the king of Lóng City falls ill, Kai Zou is worried, for the king’s daughter, Lian, a friend of his, is away learning statecraft in the heart of the Phoenix Empire and no one is able to contact her. At the direction of the king of the ghost dragons, Kai sets out with his best friend Yún to find Lian and tell her the news, but it is only after they’re on the road that they realize they’re in way over their heads. Political plots and intrigues swirl around Lian and the palace where she’s a comfortable prisoner. As they try to figure out a way to get home, they find help from an unlikely quarter. (VIKING, Oct., 368 pp., $17.99)