Happy Monday Savvy Readers! I hope you had a chance to spend a little time outdoors enjoying this weekend’s beautiful weather because this week’s featured read is about to sweep you away to 1930s China! That’s right, this week’s featured read is Janie Chang‘s The Library of Legends.
Our story begins in China, 1937. When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of students, faculty and staff must walk 1,000 miles to the safety of China’s western provinces, a journey marred by the constant threat of attack.
And it is not just the refugees who are at risk; Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure: a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends.
The students’ duty to safeguard the Library of Legends creates unexpected bonds. And Lian becomes romantically involved with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. But after one classmate is arrested and another one is murdered, Lian realizes she must escape before a family secret puts her in danger too. Accompanied by Shao and his enigmatic maidservant, Sparrow, Lian makes her way to Shanghai in the hopes of reuniting with her mother.
During the journey, Lian learns of the connection between her two companions and a tale from the Library of Legends. But this revelation comes with profound consequences, for as the ancient books travel across China, they awaken immortals and guardian spirits who embark on an exodus of their own, one that will change the country’s fate forever.
From the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road comes a captivating historical novel in which a convoy of student refugees travel across China, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan. If you’re looking for a literary escape, you’ve definitely found one in this week’s featured read! Don’t forget to add The Library of Legends to your My Book Pledge shelf and tell me in the comments or tweet us @SavvyReader if you’re adding The Library of Legends to your TBR!
On top of being our Featured Read, The Library of Legends is ALSO the book that is kicking off our inaugural Historical Fiction Month! On a semi-regular basis, we will be choosing a theme or genre to represent a month, where all of our My Book Pledge Featured Read’s will pertain to that genre/theme and we will be featuring all themed-content for an entire week! Keep an eye out next week for our first ever Historical Fiction week!