The Song of the Crimson Flower (Non-Spoiler Review)

Song Of the Crimson Flower  by Julie C Dao

Published by  Philomel Books on November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 2888

Format: Audibook

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.


From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell. 

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book on wim and listen to the audibook and flew through it. I really loved both characters that were POV characters in this book. I also really liked the quest element that was featured in this novel. The banter and dynamics between the characters was such a highlight and I really enjoy. I loved not only the characters but also the world building that was introduced. I found this book to be such a a fun listen and would def check out more books by this author in the future.