Review: The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

Reading books about historical events that I have little to no knowledge of is my favourite thing. In Janie Chang’s The Library of Legends, students are forced to flee their schools when Japanese bombs fall on China. One group is entrusted with getting a set of books containing important ancient myths to safety and this book tells that tale. The story mostly focuses on three main characters — Lian, a student, wealthy Liu, and his servant, Sparrow. While they are very well written, I didn’t connect with them in the least and in the end, that fact hindered my enjoyment of the story.

Reasons I liked this book:

Interesting subject matter.


Written with great care and detail.

The weaving together of fact and fiction was great.

Book Quote: ” The spiraling wail of sirens churned the air. Then the bombs began falling, like beads slipping off a necklace.”

Rating: 3 stars

Similar books you’ll enjoy: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning.

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