The Library of Legends

The Library of Legends

A Novel

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"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 more than a hundred students, faculty, and staff must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China's western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the student 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. Her family's past has made Lian wary of forming attachments, but the students' common duty to safeguard the Library of Legends forms unexpected bonds. Lian finds friendship and a cautious romance with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. But after one classmate is murdered and another arrested, Lian realizes she must escape from the convoy before a family secret puts her in danger. Accompanied by Shao and the enigmatic maidservant Sparrow, Lian makes her way to Shanghai, hoping to reunite with her mother. On 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. Learning Shao and Sparrow's true identities compels Lian to confront her feelings for Shao. But there are broader consequences too, for as the ancient books travel across China, they awaken immortals and guardian spirits to embark on an exodus of their own, one that changes the country's fate forever. Based on true events, rich in Chinese history and lore, The Library of Legends is both an illuminating exploration of China's recent past and an evocative tale of love, sacrifice, and the extraordinary power of storytelling."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062851505
Branch Call Number: FIC CHANG 2020
Characteristics: 366, 22 pages : map ; 21 cm


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(FICTION) "As Japanese bombs begin falling on China in 1937, university faculty and students set off on a long trek to carry both themselves and a rare collection of folklore and mythology books to safety."--Paige

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Aug 21, 2020

It was easy to get lost in The Library of Legends. The characters were well created, and I appreciated that while the central theme is a love story, it doesn't fit into that stereotypical "romance novel" genre. The epic adventure and historical information is very prominent. The magical elements of this story were a nice addition as well.

WPL_Jaclyn Aug 19, 2020

This was a interesting historical novel (with a dash of the fantastic) that introduced me to the events in China in 1937, where university students fled during a time of war. While traveling (mostly on foot), students continued to take classes with their teachers. In Library of Legends, these students were also protecting a large collection of books that included an account of folklore in China. I loved the authors attention to detail and the subtle presence of the legends themselves.

JCLPiepieB Jun 01, 2020

This book transports you back to 1930s China, and it's a beautiful, magical journey that spans legend, love, and history. I really liked reading this one! Plus, the cover is gorgeous.

Apr 21, 2020

This book transports you back to 1930s China, and it's a beautiful, magical journey that spans legend, love, and history. I really liked reading this one! Plus, the cover is gorgeous.


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