The Dragon Egg Princess
In a kingdom filled with magic, Jiho Park and his family are an anomaly—magic doesn’t affect them.Jiho comes from a long line of forest rangers who protect the Kidahara—an ancient and mysterious wood that is home to powerful supernatural creatures. But Jiho wants nothing to do with the dangerous forest.Five years ago, his father walked into the Kidahara and disappeared. Just like the young Princess Koko, the only daughter of the kingdom’s royal family. Jiho knows better than anyone else the horrors that live deep in the magical forest and how those who go in never come back.Now the forest is in danger from foreign forces that want to destroy it, and a long-forgotten evil that’s been lurking deep in the Kidahara for centuries finally begins to awaken. Can a magic-less boy, a fierce bandit leader, and a lost princess join forces and save their worlds before it’s too late?

The Dragon Egg Princess Details

TitleThe Dragon Egg Princess
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Dragons, High Fantasy, Adventure, Juvenile, Young Adult

The Dragon Egg Princess Review

  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the arcAs with most books with the word "dragon" in the title, this one lacked the winged creatures of my dreams. Here we have a princess who disappears and a boy who happens to hold the key to saving her. Sounds fun, right? It was. I had no idea I wasn't in a fantasy story, but more magical realism, I want to say?? I'm still not sure. But we have technology and guns so...anyhow, there's this boy Jiho has an immunity to magic and he stumbles upon a lost Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the arcAs with most books with the word "dragon" in the title, this one lacked the winged creatures of my dreams. Here we have a princess who disappears and a boy who happens to hold the key to saving her. Sounds fun, right? It was. I had no idea I wasn't in a fantasy story, but more magical realism, I want to say?? I'm still not sure. But we have technology and guns so...anyhow, there's this boy Jiho has an immunity to magic and he stumbles upon a lost princess in a mysterious forest. We're then transported to another world where we find out some secrets and some betrayals and some friendships and all that good jazz. The plot was unique, at least to me, so that's a plus. I got some real Ghibli vibes, which I adore. This had all the elements to make a great middle-grade book, but unfortunately, it fell flat for me. There wasn't enough world0building to keep me engaged and some scenes seemed like they were quickly added in for context and didn't explain how they got from A to B so fast. The dialogue felt stale and simplistic and nobody truly had real emotion save for Jiho, perhaps. Don't get started on the lack of dragons. For once, can we get a book that actually has dragons in it? I can think of a few off the top of my head, but that's it. I know I sound like a whiny brat, but...sigh. I just love dragons *pouts in dragon*
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  • Heidi Heilig
    January 1, 1970
    I am SO READY for this book!
  • Kogiopsis
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't really come out of this book with strong feelings, hence the lack of rating - it's not that I don't have an opinion, just that I don't hold one strongly enough to feel it needs to be added to the conversation. Also, this is a middle grade novel and not one which (IMO) has cross-generational appeal, so I'm very much not the target audience. It's got a lot of charm, for sure; the Korean-inspired worldbuilding is neat, the plot is surprisingly complex, and the characters are simply I didn't really come out of this book with strong feelings, hence the lack of rating - it's not that I don't have an opinion, just that I don't hold one strongly enough to feel it needs to be added to the conversation. Also, this is a middle grade novel and not one which (IMO) has cross-generational appeal, so I'm very much not the target audience. It's got a lot of charm, for sure; the Korean-inspired worldbuilding is neat, the plot is surprisingly complex, and the characters are simply sketched but earnest. There are a few odd spots which I hope will be corrected before it is actually published - a group of kids referred to as a "Global United Nations", which felt anachronistic, and characters with an understanding of volcanoes that I would have scoffed at at age 8. Other than that though, it'll be a solid read for young readers, and definitely brings a new twist to some traditional fantasy architecture that they'll hopefully enjoy.
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  • Dany
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed it entirely ! I'm really sad this amazing book with it's lush worldbuilding was a standalone , and wish we could get more books placed on this world (I definitely can't get enough)Review will be posted closer to the publishing date.Highly recommended for everyone who wants to see a dragon (because... This book is dedicated to us!)I thank Edelweiss and Harpercollins for granting me with the e-ARC for review.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    March 10, 2020: ✔ written by co-founder of We Need Diverse Books✔ perfect for fantasy fans and dragon enthusiasts✔ world-building influenced by Asian culture and symbols✔ incredible menagerie of creatures✔ themes of self-discoveryMentioned on the blog: Fanticipating Reads of March 2020 | Five Under-Hyped Diverse Books To Look Out For This Month
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was the authors first book but shes written a few books.One of the characters names is Calvin Hobbes, I have to assume thats an easter egg. Nope, not an easter egg, feels like lazy storytelling. For a fantasy world, a lot is borrowed from the real world. What bothers me is how much is borrowed. Nothing feels unique. I hope the finished book is more polished because the story has potential but someone needs to go through it and rename people, items, and places so they become part I thought this was the author’s first book but she’s written a few books.One of the characters names is Calvin Hobbes, I have to assume that’s an easter egg. Nope, not an easter egg, feels like lazy storytelling. For a fantasy world, a lot is borrowed from the real world. What bothers me is how much is borrowed. Nothing feels unique. I hope the finished book is more polished because the story has potential but someone needs to go through it and rename people, items, and places so they become part of this story and not links to other stories. ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cat Scully
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read this book! So excited for it to come out!
  • Rachael Allen
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read this book!
  • Shelly Nosbisch
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read this book when it comes out!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Ellens amazing, and I cant wait for this book!!! Ellen’s amazing, and I can’t wait for this book!!!
  • Sarah Yung
    January 1, 1970
    This has all the elements of an enjoyable enough middle grade fantasy, but it doesnt feel cohesive. I wanted a bit more from Oh's juxtaposition of magic vs. technology and also wished the world was further explored. Jiho's friends are basically throwaways, and their nations feel inconsequential. Slight characterization and really wooden dialogue (Uncle, you cant go to the mill. Youll catch iron lung. It would destroy my aunt and the girls. You have to stay here and start rebuilding. Ill get the This has all the elements of an enjoyable enough middle grade fantasy, but it doesn’t feel cohesive. I wanted a bit more from Oh's juxtaposition of magic vs. technology and also wished the world was further explored. Jiho's friends are basically throwaways, and their nations feel inconsequential. Slight characterization and really wooden dialogue (“‘Uncle, you can’t go to the mill. You’ll catch iron lung. It would destroy my aunt and the girls. You have to stay here and start rebuilding. I’ll get the money you need.’” [27] and “‘No, it can’t be!’ Luzee shouted. ‘I killed all of you.’” [234]) also dampened my enthusiasm.UH, BUT CAN WE TALK ABOUT KIRKUS' REVIEW??"With its quick pace, modern heroes, and choreographed action, this is a strong fantasy title with K-pop undertones."Imagine reading a Korean mythology-inspired middle-grade novel by the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books and immediately being like, HMM... REMINDS ME OF K-POP!!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusChange is coming to Kidahara, a magical forest in the Joson, a kingdom in a diverse realm where there is magic. The trees are going to be pulled down for train tracks and mining. Jiho, whose family have been rangers for generations, gets pulled in by an offer of well paying work, even though he wants nothing to do with the forest after his father, also a ranger, left when he was young. Not surprisingly, the project is a very dangerous one, since the Namushin (tree E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusChange is coming to Kidahara, a magical forest in the Joson, a kingdom in a diverse realm where there is magic. The trees are going to be pulled down for train tracks and mining. Jiho, whose family have been rangers for generations, gets pulled in by an offer of well paying work, even though he wants nothing to do with the forest after his father, also a ranger, left when he was young. Not surprisingly, the project is a very dangerous one, since the Namushin (tree spirits) are not in favor of "progress", especially since the men of Orion (one of the five kingdoms in the realm, the others being Urcia, Cloverly, and Bellprix) plan on industrializing the entire area. Jiho is an anomaly; he is not affected by magic, and in fact, causes magic to malfunction, which can be a problem when vehicles are run by magic. On the outskirts of Kidahara, there is a clan of witches and wizards called the Botan. Michah is the matriarchal leader, even though she is young, and she and her people are committed to keeping the forest safe and are fighting Prince Roku. They possess a moonstone, which has untold magical properties. When Jiho and his team come across the long lost princess Koko ("Holy octopus balls!", which would be my new go-to phrase if it weren't so inappropriate for a teacher!), Jiho realizes that there is more at stake than the well being of the forest. Micah knows where Koko's parents are imprisoned, and aided by a variety of creatures, Jiho must figure out how to keep Koko safe, rescue Koko's parents, and keep the realm safe from the evil Luzee, who plans on using Micah's moonstones and Jiho's ancestral staff to plan an evil takeover.Strengths: This was an action-packed, well-plotted fantasy tale with a decent twist on the "evil is uprising and only tweens can save the day" formula. It has a medieval feel, but modern technology. The inclusion of Korean elements (in Joson) is a nice touch. Jiho is a well-meaning character who is trying to do the right thing, even if isn't what he wants to do. The villains are nicely drawn, and this could stand on its own, although also could have a sequel.Weaknesses: I was hoping there would be more dragons, and I could have used a little more backstory describing the kingdoms. Also, there are a LOT of characters and places, and I personally found this made it hard for me to follow the story. Remember, though, that I have frequent Fantasy Amnesia which makes this kind of story hard for me!What I really think: Readers who are big fans of Tui Sutherland (and who can tell me what Harry Potter is wearing in the fifth chapter of the fourth book) will love all of the different characters and their various magical powers or implements, as well as all of the places that are visited. Definitely purchasing for all of my dragon fans!
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  • Athena
    January 1, 1970
    The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.If you've watched and liked The Dragon Prince on Netflix, then you are going to love this!The Dragon Egg Princess is a fantastic MG fantasy with adventure, banter, and the most adorable--and scary--magical creatures I've read in a while. I really want to meet the namushin!!! I loved the world. LOVED. There were a myriad different magical creatures; all vividly The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.If you've watched and liked The Dragon Prince on Netflix, then you are going to love this!The Dragon Egg Princess is a fantastic MG fantasy with adventure, banter, and the most adorable--and scary--magical creatures I've read in a while. I really want to meet the namushin!!! I loved the world. LOVED. There were a myriad different magical creatures; all vividly described. I also loved the author's parallells to our world. The author showed how technology and guns shape our reality and ourselves in a very smart way. She showed it, not preached it, and it was very well done.The characters are really great. Koko is so pure and wonderful that I'd die to protect her. Jiho is a kid who had to grow up faster and earlier than others, and oh how I related. I really felt their friendship grow, despite certain conflicts. All characters were well-developed; all different and whole, and I really liked how they formed friendships and interacted with one another. The only thing I wasn't a fan of is how two plot twists were revealed. I can't say more because I don't want to give spoilers, but even with this, I still loved the book a lot. According to the publisher, the book is a standalone, aka not a part of a series, and I confirm that the book stands on its own brilliantly. The author has provided a fantastic resolution and ending to the book. However, I'm certain a sequel can be made. The world is too gorgeous and the characters too adorable not to have another adventure with them.The Dragon Egg Princess is a delightful MG diverse fantasy adventure with Asian influences, vibrant magical creatures, and adorable characters you can't help but root for and love. I STRONGLY recommend it.4 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐Author: Ellen OhPublisher: HarperCollins
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Koko disappeared years ago into the Kidahara - a magical forest outside her kingdom. Now, the evil Prince Ruko has imprisoned the King and Queen and wants to rule the kingdom himself. But when a construction company, hired to tear down the forest, begins to unleash the dangers of the magical world, Jiho, a boy immune to magic signs himself on as a guide - only to discover this is a bigger problem than just tearing down the forest. Jiho will need to team up with some unlikely partners to Princess Koko disappeared years ago into the Kidahara - a magical forest outside her kingdom. Now, the evil Prince Ruko has imprisoned the King and Queen and wants to rule the kingdom himself. But when a construction company, hired to tear down the forest, begins to unleash the dangers of the magical world, Jiho, a boy immune to magic signs himself on as a guide - only to discover this is a bigger problem than just tearing down the forest. Jiho will need to team up with some unlikely partners to save the kingdom! Ellen Oh has given us a fun story with action and adventure, magic and danger all the way through. Jiho, the princess Koko, Micah, the leader of a clan of thieves and ruffians, and the construction workers with Jiho are all teens - an exciting read where the fate of the world is in the hands of the youth. Enough plot for a couple of prequels and a sequel, and so many characters, I was afraid I'd get lost, but I didn't. It all wove together nicely. Wings of Fire readers will enjoy this solid, middle grade stand alone. For this and more of my reviews, visit http://kissthebook.blogspot.com . CHECK IT OUT!
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  • Deena Lipomi
    January 1, 1970
    Jiho Park lives in a world where having magical abilities is the norm, but he and his family actually repel magic, which works well when tending to the formidable Kidaharaan forest. So when he is recruited to help clear a path to the forest's mountain, he becomes involved in a quest to find the missing princess and stop the evil dragon from returning. This middle grade novel reads like a fairy tale in all the best ways. Jiho is a cool hero to follow, while the princess comes across as a bit dim Jiho Park lives in a world where having magical abilities is the norm, but he and his family actually repel magic, which works well when tending to the formidable Kidaharaan forest. So when he is recruited to help clear a path to the forest's mountain, he becomes involved in a quest to find the missing princess and stop the evil dragon from returning. This middle grade novel reads like a fairy tale in all the best ways. Jiho is a cool hero to follow, while the princess comes across as a bit dim and weak. The ending is satisfying.
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  • Gayle
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am hoping to see another one set in this magical place. I started it and wasnt able to put it down. The plot was well written and kept you guessing up until the end! You end up rooting for the characters and feeling the push and pull that she creates for them. Are they are doing the right thing or for the right reasons? I highly recommend this to everyone who loves fantasy and dragons! I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am hoping to see another one set in this magical place. I started it and wasn’t able to put it down. The plot was well written and kept you guessing up until the end! You end up rooting for the characters and feeling the push and pull that she creates for them. Are they are doing the right thing or for the right reasons? I highly recommend this to everyone who loves fantasy and dragons!
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  • Kmleeh
    January 1, 1970
    Oh provides great action scenes in her newest juvenile fiction series. The adventures begin when Princess Koko goes missing then skips to introduce Jiho, a ranger of the Kidahara forest. With themes of exploitation, betrayal, and friendship, this story shines. A few areas get bogged down and characters make some strange decisions; however, the action and characters make up for all of that. An excellent start to her new series.
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  • Liz H {Redd's Reads}
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story as a middle grade fantasy. I think it did more telling than showing, but the intended audience probably won't mind. The ending had a powerful message and I liked how the author built complex relationships between all the characters. Not sure if this is a standalone or not but I'd be willing to read more set in this universe.
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  • William Diehl
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting book that has lots of magic, a uniquely created world of characters. Lots of room for further stories to be set in this universe. Anyone who is a fan of stories in magical worlds with room for imagination will like this.
  • Wendy Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    This book really grabbed me at the start with some great characters and world-building, but then I got lost. Too many different groups of characters with too many different motivations and I got confused.
  • Noella Handley
    January 1, 1970
    Im excited for this book! I’m excited for this book!
  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for an eARC of this book.Inspired by Korean folklore, THE DRAGON EGG PRINCESS is the story of a princess who disappeared in the woods years ago, and the boy who may be the only one who can discover with happened to her.Kidahara is a dark and magical place, but even though Jiho's family have been forest rangers charged with protecting the woods, he wants nothing to do with them since his father walked into them and never came back 5 years ago. When his Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for an eARC of this book.Inspired by Korean folklore, THE DRAGON EGG PRINCESS is the story of a princess who disappeared in the woods years ago, and the boy who may be the only one who can discover with happened to her.Kidahara is a dark and magical place, but even though Jiho's family have been forest rangers charged with protecting the woods, he wants nothing to do with them since his father walked into them and never came back 5 years ago. When his family experiences a tragedy, though, he reluctantly agrees to go into the woods when he's offered a substantial sum which will help support his family. But the woods are filled with unexpected evils, and those who want to destroy the forest to make way for progress awaken something far more sinister than they imagined. A story filled with mystery, dark forces, supernatural creatures, and secrets (with one of the most appealing covers of 2020), I think middle grade readers will really enjoy this story.
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  • Nai | Libros con(té)
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 stars
  • Dana Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Ellen Ohs books are insta-buys! Cannot wait for this one! Ellen Oh’s books are insta-buys! Cannot wait for this one!
  • Juliana Brandt
    January 1, 1970
    I love this description! Cant wait for it to release 😍 I love this description! Can’t wait for it to release 😍
  • K Sandry
    January 1, 1970
    Ack! You had me at Studio Ghibli. I'm so excited to pick this one up!
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds AMAZING.
  • Ailynn Knox-Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Cant wait for this! I love her other books too. Can’t wait for this! I love her other books too.
  • Allie
    January 1, 1970
    I so cannot WAIT for this.
  • Christina Soontornvat
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting to hold the physical book in my hands for so long - so excited for it!
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