|The Phoenix Bells (The Land of Ten Thousand Willows, Book I)|
Date: 01 March, 1987 — used only — Book
The Emperor of the Willow Garden, a locale vaguely based on a mystical China, has had a prophecy that if he does not marry his bride within three years of his father's death, tragedy will come to the world. His bride will be one who can hear the Phoenix Bells, the call of the dragons, and such a one is only to be found outside the Garden. So far so good. However, Emperor Ty-Sun is a bit indulgent, and his general Soong has to pressure him to leave at all. The journey is hard, since it seems that a malignant power is attempting to thwart them, at besides, what the heck are they doing heading NORTH around Asia going into winter?
Not too bad a beginning, but I would definitely classify it as a juvenile— much better for the young crowd than for the adults.