[Epub] ↠ The Library of Legends Author Janie Chang – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk

[Epub] ↠ The Library of Legends Author Janie Chang – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Library of Legends
  • Janie Chang
  • 22 May 2019
  • 0062851500

The Library of LegendsFrom 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 Myths Are The Darkest And Brightest Incarnations Of Who We AreChina, 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 , Miles To The Safety Of China S Western Provinces, A Journey Marred By The Constant Threat Of Aerial Attack And It Is Not Just The Refugees Who Are At Risk Lian And Her Classmates Have Been Entrusted With A Priceless Treasure A Year Old Collection Of Myths And Folklore Known As The Library Of LegendsThe Students Common Duty To Safeguard The Library Of Legends Creates Unexpected Bonds Lian Becomes Friends And Forms A Cautious Romance 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 MotherDuring The Journey, Lian Learns Of The Connection Between Her Two Companions And A Tale From The Library Of Legends, The Willow Star And The Prince 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


About the Author: Janie Chang

Janie Chang grew up listening to stories about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War and tales of ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals Her two novels, THREE SOULS andl DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD have been nominated for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD was a Canadian national bestseller Her upcoming novel THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS will be available April 28, 2020 Canada , May 12 USA Born in Taiwan, Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, and New Zealand She now lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her husband and Mischa, a rescue cat blessed with astonishing beauty and no self esteem issues whatsoever.


10 thoughts on “The Library of Legends

  1. says:

    This is a gorgeous Historical Fiction novel based on a true tale of the Second Sino Japanese war , with mysticism and folklore The storytelling is both enchanting and heartbreaking I m a Janie Chang fan I love reading her books This is my third Three Souls was magical beautiful Dragon Spring Road was equally beautiful and brilliant as Three Souls The Library of Legends has a slightly different feeling than Janie Chang s other two books It waspolitical and even has a This is a gorgeous Historical Fiction novel based on a true tale of the Second Sino Japanese war , with mysticism and folklore The storytelling is both enchanting and heartbreaking I m a Janie Chang fan I love reading her books This is my third Three Souls was magical beautiful Dragon Spring Road was equally beautiful and brilliant as Three Souls The Library of Legends has a slightly different feeling than Janie Chang s other two books It waspolitical and even has a murder mystery. which her first two books don t have.but the tragedy in this novel triggered parallel thoughts with our current coronavirus unsettling days Japanese bombs were falling on Nanking in 1937.Students who were attending Minghua University walked thousand of miles across China, to the safety of the western province.123 students, and professors walked and even studied together along their journey They while starving, exhausted, and aching to see their families, while fearing being attacked before reaching safety We are transported back to wartime evaluation days The atmosphere was vivid.The students were instructed to each carry a treasured ancient highly valued library book The Library of Legends , and protect it as they would their own life with the purpose of keeping the knowledge, mystic legends, and the gods protected Friendships develop, romance develops, characters become real , legend Chinese cultural stories are learned All the while we are anxious about safety and hoping the students will re unite with their families again I love both Chinese and Japanese stories I ve read other books that take place in 1937 when the Japanese was bombing Nanking The history is important but often forgotten in the shadow of Pearl Harbor so I love when books honor stories during this time period I especially enjoyed learning about the historical legends of the treasured ancient library texts the spiritual meaning and power they had on people and their beliefs Janie Chang is a gifted atmospheric storyteller Readers are put at ease with her lovely prose and intimacy This is a great choice pick for Quarantine Comfort reading Beautiful book

  2. says:

    3.5 I love reading about events in history that I knew nothing about and the authors who bring them into the reading light of day It is 1937 and the official start of the second Sino japanese War and China has ordered the evacuation of their middle schools and Universities Hoping to save thier brightest young for the future This is the story of one such University and the students, students who will travel a thousand miles to China s interior They also carry with them, in the hopes of protec 3.5 I love reading about events in history that I knew nothing about and the authors who bring them into the reading light of day It is 1937 and the official start of the second Sino japanese War and China has ordered the evacuation of their middle schools and Universities Hoping to save thier brightest young for the future This is the story of one such University and the students, students who will travel a thousand miles to China s interior They also carry with them, in the hopes of protecting, volumes of books, containing the Library of Legends This also corresponds to an actual book whose title is given in the authors note.Lin, Shao and a maidservant, Sparrow are the main characters It is through their main eyes that we follow the happenings and anxieties of both a personal and politically dangerous trip What adds to this story are the Chinese legends, particularly the Willow Star and the Prince In a bright burst of magic and brilliant colors, various God s are traveling home to take their places in the heavens Those mortals like Lin and Dr Kang, who are enlightened enough to see this spectacle, are treated to amazing spectacles that will never be forgotten Little known history, with some wonderful characters, mixed with legend and magical realism made this a wonderful read Authors note and Q A at books end answers for the background and actual events in the novel.ARC from Librarything

  3. says:

    I read this for a cover quote Janie Chang and I are friends, though I read and enjoyed her books before I met her and this one enthralled me THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS is a gorgeous, poetic journey threaded with mist and magic about a group from a Chinese university who take to the road to escape the Japanese invasion of 1937 only to discover that danger stalks them from within Pure enchantment

  4. says:

    2020 review 3.75 5stars Full transparency Janie Chang wrote my all time favorite book Three Souls and sent me an ARC of The Library of Legends early THANK YOU Janie for sending me this Let me begin by stating the obvious I did not give this 5 stars like I did Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road I was slightly disappointed in this book for two reasons that were my own fault 1 my expectations were absolutely THROUGH THE ROOF2 this wasn t the book I was expecting because I didn t 2020 review 3.75 5stars Full transparency Janie Chang wrote my all time favorite book Three Souls and sent me an ARC of The Library of Legends early THANK YOU Janie for sending me this Let me begin by stating the obvious I did not give this 5 stars like I did Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road I was slightly disappointed in this book for two reasons that were my own fault 1 my expectations were absolutely THROUGH THE ROOF2 this wasn t the book I was expecting because I didn t read the synopsis lolAlso, let me say right up I HIGHLY recommend this book for fans of Fantasy books who want to get into historical Lit fic This would be SUCH a great stepping stone for people like that because this is historical lit fic but has MANY elements you d find in a fantasy novel plot event based large cast of characters and POV switches folklore magic DRAGONS Star crossed lovers WAR Characters traveling from one place across the country to another amazing world building The unfortunate part is, I m not a big fan of fantasy, so I was waiting for this book to be a literary fiction similar to TS or DSR, which it simply wasn t I applaud Janie for trying something new, and I think this book will work for a LOT of people I m hoping if I reread it, it will get that full 5stars, but I guess I m selfish and just want Leiyin all over again lolThings I liked the plot was SO interesting Love the use of folklore and myths so much history I feel like Janie s books teach meabout China than any class did the characters were really interesting and fleshed out VERY gripping Kept me wanting to read every time I put it down The writing is very simple but still beautiful weirdly timely It was very strange but reading about this war and the bombings of Nanking and the conversations about war and trauma WEIRDLY are being talked about today in 2020 with the covid 19 pandemic Terrifying but timely.Things I disliked I m not a big fan of the characters traveling from one place to another I felt the dialogue was quite stilted and didn t let the characters open up to each other or show the building of relationships I wish we gotabout the library We got a few myths which I LOVED and I wantedI ll be addingto this review and also posting my videos closer to the release day MAY 12, 2020 2018 pre release WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAITWAITWAITTTTTTTWHEN DID THIS GET A TITLE AND A RELEASE DATEWHY AM I SO BEHINDHOLY CRAP2 YEARS UNTIL JANIE CHANG S 3RD NOVEL COMES OUT BRB SCREAMING

  5. says:

    Stunning novel that manages so many facets of good ole fashion story telling A dynamic tale set between opposing matters of rule in 1937 China where wealthy children of the ruling oligarchy have only adjusted to adulthood, students who now have their illusions shattered as they flee into the impoverished interior with little food security or even protection from the elements They come face to face with those in pursuit of communism versus nationalism and an the additional challenge they face t Stunning novel that manages so many facets of good ole fashion story telling A dynamic tale set between opposing matters of rule in 1937 China where wealthy children of the ruling oligarchy have only adjusted to adulthood, students who now have their illusions shattered as they flee into the impoverished interior with little food security or even protection from the elements They come face to face with those in pursuit of communism versus nationalism and an the additional challenge they face the consequences of Japan s attacks and bombing As Japan, takes possession of larger coastal cities including Nanking, the Capitol They look to their beloved Professor Kang, who leads them through many obstacles while still managing to encourage them to pursue their education in the most challenging of circumstances Beyond this the story effortless encompasses in its inclusion of multiple story lines, which features interesting characters and their connections to each other poverty spies with an added dash of romance and fantasy.It s a beautiful allegory which displays how when people are unified for a higher purpose, they can achieve their objectives Over a hundred universities relocated to the interior of China to escape the Japanese occupation during the following years, many thousands leaving coastal port cities in an effort to escape the occupation and control the region for Japan Many walked for weeks, some got transported in areas where roads remained or train tracks had not been bombed yet This fascinated me because I know so little about this portion of the World War II I know my uncle fought as an officer in Naval Intelligence in the Pacific Theater but I never had his attention long enough to pick his brain before he passed My Father s parents were from Europe and my maternal grandfather as well, so my parents focused on the European aspect of World War II they were students in High School While it is rather light on details I would have liked, I suspect most will think the focus on war experiences wasthan adequate I like stories that include historical details that underlie the story, to me it makes the situationsreal and relevant.I typically avoid fantasy and romance genre s as a rule but both were highly engaging and enriched the over all tale that I actually enjoyed those portions The focus was on a library which focused on legends or myths that focused on municipal gods, regional gods in various forms, we even see a visitation by unicorns There is one specific story line that make this especially fascinating I derived much enjoyment as a result no spoilers, no matter how much you beg.This has all the markings of a classic As far as Asian genre s geared to English speakers, I have to say that I prefer this contemporary tale to some of the books written by Lisa See Janie Chang qualifies as an expert in this genre While the ending hinted at a conclusion, I gather from the notes that followed, that a sequel maybe in the making I say, publish it and I ll be reading it If it is made into a movie which I think it translate, no pun intended, to the big screen , I d watch it.Thank you to Goodreads, author, Janie Chang and William Morrow for providing me with this delightful work in exchange for a review All opinions and thoughts are my own 4.5 stars, rounded up

  6. says:

    3.5 starsThe first thought that popped into my head after I finished reading this book was how different it turned out to be from what I had expected From a historical perspective, this is a story I greatly appreciated, as it covered a portion of history not widely known, set during a time period not often depicted in novels about the World War II era The year is 1937 in Nanjing, China as Japanese bombs begin to fall on the city, students and faculty at various schools are ordered to evacuat 3.5 starsThe first thought that popped into my head after I finished reading this book was how different it turned out to be from what I had expected From a historical perspective, this is a story I greatly appreciated, as it covered a portion of history not widely known, set during a time period not often depicted in novels about the World War II era The year is 1937 in Nanjing, China as Japanese bombs begin to fall on the city, students and faculty at various schools are ordered to evacuate, heading 1000 miles on a journey toward the safety of China s western provinces Minghua University student Hu Lian and her classmates, led by revered teacher Professor Kang, head toward the city of Chengdu, where the university will reassemble to wait out the end of the war The journey is tenuous, as the students not only need to avoid the constant threat of Japanese air raids, they also need to make much of the trip on foot Additionally, the Minghua students have also been tasked with the responsibility of bringing with them one of the university s greatest treasures a set of encyclopedias containing ancient myths and folklore collectively known as the Library of Legends Along the way, Lian grows close to several of her schoolmates, including second year classmates Yee Meirong and Wu Ying Ying as well as wealthy fourth year classmate Liu Shaoming and his maidservant Sparrow Chen But Lian lives in the shadow of a family secret that she has carried with her most of her life a secret that, if found out, she fears could destroy everything she worked so hard to achieve Later in the journey, Lian discovers a connection between those in her group and the story of The Willow Star and the Prince, which is one of the mythological tales contained in the Library of Legends Beyond that though, Lian soon learns that transporting the books awakens various immortals and guardian spirits who are headed on a journey of their own Overall, I enjoyed this story well enough, but I wasn t as mesmerized by it as I thought I would be Part of the reason is because, while I liked most of the characters, they were written in a way that I found it difficult to connect with them I felt there was a lack of emotional depth to the characters and to the story itself, in some aspects , which made it hard for me to feel anything for them when various things happen Also, the crossing over of genres this one incorporated historical fiction, romance, and fantasy didn t work as well for me in this instance I think the problem for me is that I was expecting the story to leantoward historical fiction and perhaps feel a littleepic in scope especially given the premise and the setting , but instead the historical elements were too brief and, in my opinion, mostly overshadowed by the fantasy aspects with the mythological tale involving The Willow Star and the Prince and the love story associated with it Some parts of the story felt a bit all over the place and didn t flow together as well as it could have, which I think was due to the attempt to blend multiple genres The story did have a light hearted, hopeful tone to it though, which made it a good choice to read during this time of uncertainty With historical fiction, I oftentimes enjoy reading the Author s Note almost as much as reading the story itself, and this instance was no different Reading about the real life events that certain details in the story were based on and seeing how the author adapted these details is always fascinating and, for me, the additional insight often puts the fictional story in better perspective Prior to reading this book, I had heard about the evacuation and temporary relocation of China s universities during the war, but had not read anything substantive about it until now I appreciate that author Janie Chang decided to cover this largely overlooked historical event, though of course, I would ve preferred for the historical aspect to be stronger as I had mentioned earlier But that s just me overall, this was still a worthy read, one that I would heartily recommend, especially for those who enjoy historical fiction with quite a bit of fantasyalong the lines of magical realism I guess mixed in Received ARC from William Morrow HarperCollins via Edelweiss.

  7. says:

    I didn t really enjoy this book for a few reasons the arrogant, mindless but rich male protagonist was unlikeable to me, the female protagonist didn t seem to have a mind of her own, the writing was a bit simplistic for not being YA I guess I expectedfrom this book when I read the summary.The story takes place during world war II in China among University students A group of the students must travel from their campus to another part of China that isn t being attacked by the Japanese Th I didn t really enjoy this book for a few reasons the arrogant, mindless but rich male protagonist was unlikeable to me, the female protagonist didn t seem to have a mind of her own, the writing was a bit simplistic for not being YA I guess I expectedfrom this book when I read the summary.The story takes place during world war II in China among University students A group of the students must travel from their campus to another part of China that isn t being attacked by the Japanese They are protecting a collection of ancient manuscripts and books that contain Chinese mythology and folklore There s a supernatural, mystical element to it as well One of these travelers is a god in mortal form who guides and helps along the way Will they reach their destination safely Will the books of mythology be destroyed Will the main protagonists reach their individual goals It s a cool idea for a book, but I thought it was a little simple, repetitive, childish, and unbelievable as relating to the characters and their seemingly one dimensioned personalities Just not my cup of tea Maybe a teenager would like thisnot to insult the teenager But I suppose that I am looking for something a little bitheavy and believable Along the lines of literary fiction

  8. says:

    The exodus of Chinese universities and middle schools began in 1937, the official start of the Second Sino Japanese War The purpose of schools relocating to China s interior was about safeguarding the nation s intellectual legacy, so necessary for building the future China, 1937 Nineteen year old Hu Lian has been studying at Minghua University in Nanking She comes from a humble family She is one of only three students awarded scholarship Now, due to Japanese bombing the city, the studen The exodus of Chinese universities and middle schools began in 1937, the official start of the Second Sino Japanese War The purpose of schools relocating to China s interior was about safeguarding the nation s intellectual legacy, so necessary for building the future China, 1937 Nineteen year old Hu Lian has been studying at Minghua University in Nanking She comes from a humble family She is one of only three students awarded scholarship Now, due to Japanese bombing the city, the students are ordered to flee Since most of China is illiterate, the university students are valued highly Men are not allowed to enlist as soldiers The students are evacuating to a wartime campus in Changtu A journey which takes 1,000 miles is marked by constant aerial attack They are also assigned to transport the Library of Legends valued books of Chinese myths and folklore Each student carries one book and they are assigned to read the stories as they travel Even during the war, they continue their lessons, which is very inspiring and I was looking forward to that aspect With the myths and folklore, the Gods and fairies come out of the pages of the books the students are reading I didn t expect a fantasy aspect in this story, which is brief and I was glad for that as I m not a fantasy reader There is one immortal who takes part in the story from the beginning to the end, but she is a guardian spirit And this actually gives the story a nice touch On this long journey, there is plenty of time to get to know other fellow students Lian recognizes Shao, who comes from a wealthy family and at school was very popular for his good looks She develops feelings for him and looks for signs that might reveal his feelings At the same time, she tries to remind herself that they come from very different backgrounds I enjoyed both characters, but I wanted to get to know them even better When they have longer resting stays for a few days or weeks at one place, they have classes I was looking forward to those classes exploring their assigned reads At first, there is just a mention of those classes and later there isto it But again, I wished there was evento those classes, to come throughvividly, addingtexture to this story.During their journey, they suffer hardship, cold and hunger But this isrelated in words than in action This is something that I wanted to feel, but didn t The setting of this book during the conflict between China and Japan doesn t bring the details of that conflict It sa general setting during a war time 4.5 stars Overall, it is an enjoyable read with smooth writing However, vividness could be exploredto create a deeper connection with the characters and what they go through Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. says:

    Atmospheric and beautifully told, Janie Chang has woven a tale that tugs on the threads of China s history and legend alike Readers will find themselves immersed in this story of love amidst war, hope amidst sacrifice Highly recommended

  10. says:

    Historical fiction with a twist of folkloric fantasy a genre right up my alley I found the majority of the book to be somewhat tedious, however I wish there had beento the history and folklore and less to the romance.I enjoyed the last quarter of the book the most probably because that s when the most action and fantasy took place , but I got a little bored with the unending account of the character s moods and march to safety during the first half of the book a long march across Ch Historical fiction with a twist of folkloric fantasy a genre right up my alley I found the majority of the book to be somewhat tedious, however I wish there had beento the history and folklore and less to the romance.I enjoyed the last quarter of the book the most probably because that s when the most action and fantasy took place , but I got a little bored with the unending account of the character s moods and march to safety during the first half of the book a long march across China historically relevant Cool Endless versions of the same situation walking, flirting with each other tedious, took away from opportunity to elaborate on the real history or folklore I think the author could have should have easily combined two of the three genres she blended within this novel historical, fantasy, romance but trying for all three derailed them all a bit and left each one lacking, not fully formed I feel the detail owed to the history of the folklore in the novel was lost in the attempt to add in a romantic plot, as well More time was spent talking about Lian s meek demeanor lame and Shao s money and attractive outfits than anything of actual interest to me I m still dissecting my feelings on this a bit, but overall I liked it Didn t love it, but didn t hate it If you like fluffy but not sickly sweet reading, this is a good option

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