Amelie Wen Zhao’s SONG OF SILVER, FLAME LIKE NIGHT is NPR’s Book of the Day

Wed Jan 11, 2023

Amélie Wen Zhao’s fantasy novel, Song of Silver, Flame Like Night, is rooted in the Chinese genres of xianxia and wuxia. It follows a young girl uncovering the secrets of her tumultuous kingdom with the help of a magician. In today’s episode, the author talks to Here & Now‘s Kalyani Saxena about how her imperfect characters make difficult choices in their search for power. Zhao draws clear comparisons between the themes of anti-imperialism and history depicted in the book to real world battles being fought today, including anti-Asian racism.

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