Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich occured in a magical, fantastical version of Asia, in Long City and the Phoenix Empire. In this novel, Kai and his best friend Yun are going to get the princess of Long City, Lian, and take her to her dying father. She is studying in the Phoenix Empire where the Emperor is preventing her from recieving the information of her father's worsening condition to get the control of Long City.
The book has great, vivid details that make it easily imaginable. Although it was slow at first, the pace picked up and it became quite a page-turner. The characters were also easy to relate to and were enjoyable to read about. Fox and Phoenix is a book I would recommend though don't be surprised if it's a bit young.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mendon, Vermont United States of America