SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 3 months
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I LOVE this book! You should really read this one and Cindy Pon's other books.
My favorite character is Skybright because she gives up her life to save her friends. My favorite part is when Skybright learns that she is a serpent demon instead of a normal girl.
I cannot recommend this book enough! If you love to learn about mythology or Chinese history, you need to read this!
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 and up.