Red Phoenix (Dark Heavens, #2)Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blue Dragon (Dark Heavens, #3)Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Urban fantasy

These are the second and third books of the Dark Heavens series that started with White Tiger.

The household of the god Xuan Wu know that he will only be able to continue holding human form for a bit longer. His goal is to have his child Simone able to defend herself before he has to leave to regenerate for several decades. The capture of a half Shen child would be quite a coup for an ambitious demon.

As the final battle gets closer, Xuan Wu’s fiance Emma and his bodyguard Leo prepare for life after his departure.

After I read White Tiger I wanted to see where the story would go so I picked up the next two. The weaknesses of the first story were amplified in these ones.

There wasn’t a lot of character development. I still can’t quite figure out why all these humans and magical creatures are so dedicated to keeping Simone safe. I mean, she seems nice enough but nothing special. There are other half Shen children in the battle to protect her so it can’t be just that she is half god. At the end of the third book you finally see her use some powers and it is pretty cool but it takes a long time to get there.

The series doesn’t really have a lot of closure. There are 5 more books that are considered two new series with the same characters.