blog tour + arc review | song of silver, flame like night – amélie wen zhao

Song Like Silver, Night Like Flame by Amélie Wen Zhao

Series: Song of the Last Kingdom #1
Expected publication: January 3rd 2023 by Delacorte Press
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rep: Chinese


Rating: 4 out of 5.


Once, Lan had a different name. Now she goes by the one the Elantian colonizers gave her when they invaded her kingdom, killed her mother, and outlawed her people’s magic. She spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong, a city transformed by the conquerors, and her days scavenging for what she can find of the past. Anything to understand the strange mark burned into her arm by her mother in her last act before she died.

The mark is mysterious—an untranslatable Hin character—and no one but Lan can see it. Until the night a boy appears at her teahouse and saves her life.

Zen is a practitioner—one of the fabled magicians of the Last Kingdom. Their magic was rumored to have been drawn from the demons they communed with. Magic believed to be long lost. Now it must be hidden from the Elantians at all costs.

When Zen comes across Lan, he recognizes what she is: a practitioner with a powerful ability hidden in the mark on her arm. He’s never seen anything like it—but he knows that if there are answers, they lie deep in the pine forests and misty mountains of the Last Kingdom, with an order of practitioning masters planning to overthrow the Elantian regime.

Both Lan and Zen have secrets buried deep within—secrets they must hide from others, and secrets that they themselves have yet to discover. Fate has connected them, but their destiny remains unwritten. Both hold the power to liberate their land. And both hold the power to destroy the world. 

Now the battle for the Last Kingdom begins.

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Thank you to Turn the Pages Tour for choosing me as one of the participants in the #SongLikeSilverFlameLikeNight tour. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. If you’re interested in the other tour stops, check out the schedule!


Amélie Wen Zhao created a xianxia world that I want to live in. Inspired by ancient China, the story of heroes and demons in Song of Silver, Flame Like Night is one to follow. Excluding translated novels, English books focused on xianxia and cultivation are few and far between. I’m incredibly glad that a book in this genre will be released. What a great start to the new year. Song of Silver, Flame like Night highlighted Chinese folklore with the cultivation of qi by practitioners. Experiencing all the heartbreak and suffering, the characters find it hard to refuse the temptation to fall to the dark side, but cultivating demonic arts will cause them to be shunned. 

“Because it lets me hope that there’s something else for me out there. Something other than this life.”

Invasion by the Elantians eradicated the Last Kingdom and only some traces of it live. Zen is a descendant of one of the ninety-nine clans that used to prosper during the Last Kingdom era. When Elantians colonized their country, the survivors went underground. While Lan doesn’t have any memories of her parents or even her heritage, she knew that it was a powerful Elantian who killed her mother.

The teachings of the Way focused on yin and yang, good and bad, light and dark. It’s all about balance. One cannot live without the other without tipping the scale. Although Lan is new to all of these, the innate power within guides her through the training and even encounters with the Elantians.

Orphaned young, Zen was adopted by his shifu. Despite everyone else’s protest about taking in this kid, Zen’s master took him under his wings without hesitation. His vow of vengeance drove Zen to make dangerous decisions and it was heartbreaking. As for Lan, all she wanted is to know more about her background. Lan wanted to make sense of the last memories of her dying mother. What was Lan’s mother protecting that forfeited her life?

I loved how the growing romance was crafted. Just when you think a happily ever after is near and the couple will be fighting against evil side by side, reality hits. Of course, things have to go awry as how it does in xianxia and books. I’m hopeful about where things go on from here though. We have one more book!

“I wish for you to not go anywhere without me. In this world and the next. I wish for you to choose me.” A pause, and softer: “That is, if you would wish it.”

This is my first novel by Amélie Wen Zhao. The ancient China setting and promise of Chinese folklore and mythology were what attracted me in the first place. I’m glad I picked up Song of Silver, Night like Flame. It was what I need.


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There are 2 copies of Song of Silver, Flame like Night available for giveaway, courtesy of the publisher!



3 thoughts on “blog tour + arc review | song of silver, flame like night – amélie wen zhao”

  1. “Just when you think a happily ever after is near and the couple will be fighting against evil side by side, reality hits. Of course, things have to go awry as how it does in xianxia and books.” this part really hits lol! This book sounds amazing, I’m adding it to my TBR so thanks for putting it on my radar!

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