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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao, read by Siu-see Hung.

This Chinese mythology-inspired middle-grade fantasy series continues as heroine Faryn Liu embarks on a quest to save her brother and defeat the demons - perfect for fans of the Aru Shah and Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books.

Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warrior destined to wield the all-powerful spear Fenghuang, command dragons and defeat demons. But a conniving goddess was manipulating her all along...and her beloved younger brother, Alex, has betrayed her and taken over as the Heaven Breaker instead. Alex never forgave the people who treated him and Faryn like outcasts, and now he wants to wipe out both the demons and most of humanity.

Determined to prevent a war and bring Alex back to her side, Faryn and her half-dragon friend Ren join the New Order, a group of warriors based out of Manhattan's Chinatown. She learns that one weapon can stand against Fenghuang - the Ruyi Jingu Bang. Only problem? It belongs to an infamous trickster, the Monkey King.

Faryn sets off on a daring quest to convince the Monkey King to join forces with her, one that will take her to new places - including Diyu, otherwise known as the underworld - where she'll run into new dangers and more than one familiar face. Can she complete her mission and save the brother she loves, no matter the cost?

This richly woven middle-grade fantasy series, full of humor, magic and heart, will appeal to listeners who love Roshani Chokshi and Sayantani DasGupta.

©2020 Katie Zhao (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A delightful adventure that melds classic Chinese mythology with original, contemporary folklore. The multilayered, high-energy, interwoven plots will keep fans guessing with the many twists and the author’s signature tongue-in-cheek, authentic teenage voice makes learning about Chinese mythology, language and tradition highly enjoyable." (Booklist

"In this page-turning debut, Zhao weaves an exhilarating tale that shimmers with adventure, love, and loyalty. Readers will be enthralled up to the incredible and absolutely breathless end." (J.C. Cervantes, New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, on The Dragon Warrior

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great book annoying narrator

the book is really amazing, and Faryn's character development is awesome. Watching her go against Alex was so sad, but I'm so curious about his backstory! I just wish this narrator didn't have such a nasal voice. It's really grating!