Serpentine by Cindy Pon: A Review




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.

My Review:

Rating:4 out of 5 Stars

Recommendation: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book

Disclosure: I got this book on my kindle for a $1. Mild spoilers.


Overall, with those things in mind I loved the story and the strong female presence and I will definitely check out Sacrifice the sequel which comes out on 9/27..

This book to me from the synopsis sounded great and it was for the most part. I personally thought the book was too short as it could’ve been longer to help flesh out the plot and some of the characters.

I felt Zhen Ni and Skybright’s relationship was fantastic although a bit awkward at times.  Their sisterhood was a driving point for the story. The devotion to each other could seem a bit corny at times but that’s how it is sometimes when you’re sisters. The romance in the story was well done, although I would’ve liked to see more of Zhen Ni and Lan’s relationship.  I don’t know if anyone else felt this way but did anyone think that Sky and Stone’s relationship was supposed to have some kind of sexual tension?   Or did anyone else think that Skybright had feelings for Zhen Ni? The way their kiss was described made it seem so.  To me, Kai Sen was one of the most solid characters next to Skybright, everyone else felt very underdeveloped or lacking in someway. (Especially Lan)

The mythology didn’t seem very present in the story or explained well, even with Stone entering the story later on and shedding some light on things.I just didn’t get the sense that the mythology was even present sometimes.  We didn’t get a lot of insight on the demons themselves and who Stone was. I have to say that was one of the most frustrating things about this book.


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