The Library of Legends

The Library of Legends

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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

 “Myths are the darkest and brightest incarnations of who we are . . .”

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 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 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends.

The 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 mother.

During 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.

Title:The Library of Legends
ISBN:9780062851505
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    The Library of Legends Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    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 Ch...

  • Diane S ?

    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...

  • Kate Quinn

    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 thr...

  • Kate

    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 ...

  • Bkwmlee

    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 ...

  • Kathryn in FL

    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...

  • Danielle

    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 ...

  • Susan Meissner

    I loved it. Magical and beautifully written. ...

  • Holly Mascaro (birdbrainbooks)

    2.5 - This book on paper sounds like everything I normally love: historical fiction in a vivid time and setting with some fantastical elements. Unfortunately I can’t say I enjoyed this one. There wa...

  • Annette

    “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 “safe...