The Dragon Warrior
As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon--and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized . . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny? Inspired by Chinese mythology, this richly woven contemporary middle-grade fantasy, full of humor, magic, and heart, will appeal to readers who love Roshani Chokshi and Sayantani DasGupta.

The Dragon Warrior Details

TitleThe Dragon Warrior
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury USA Kids
ISBN-139781547602018
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction

The Dragon Warrior Review

  • Katie Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    Man am I glad I can count this to my GR challenge! I am so excited to share Faryn Liu's story with the world. Gods and demons and dragons, food and family and fun, all steeped in Chinese mythology and lore. This is a book that I would have devoured as a kid and I hope young Chinese (and non-Chinese!) readers will enjoy reading it and hopefully learning a thing or two about Chinese mythology.Beyond the mythology, Faryn's story is a story about seeing people for who they are rather than what they Man am I glad I can count this to my GR challenge! I am so excited to share Faryn Liu's story with the world. Gods and demons and dragons, food and family and fun, all steeped in Chinese mythology and lore. This is a book that I would have devoured as a kid and I hope young Chinese (and non-Chinese!) readers will enjoy reading it and hopefully learning a thing or two about Chinese mythology.Beyond the mythology, Faryn's story is a story about seeing people for who they are rather than what they look like; it's a story that's near and dear to my heart, about a girl who, at the end of the day, is just trying to find her family, found family and blood family alike, as well as her home. The Chinatown settings are specifically chosen because of my childhood experience. My parents, who are immigrants from China, would always manage to find Chinatowns in every new place we travelled to within the states. They're truly magical places, little pockets of home.More than anything, I hope that the Chinese readers who pick up this book will feel what I feel when I visit or write about Chinatown - that feeling of belongingness, of home. I hope they feel proud of the rich culture and mythology of China, and of themselves. I hope they feel seen and heard and know that they, too, can be heroes.
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  • Amélie Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    I'm beyond THRILLED for this book to debut. I binged it over a flight and stayed up late into the night at my hotel reading this, and it was a rollercoaster filled with strong Chinese warrior protagonists, Chinese deities/gods and legends and myths and DRAGONS, set in a variety of Manhattan Chinatowns. The characters in it stole my heart with their stubborn and snarky personalities and their banter. And the humor, oh, the humor in this book is to DIE for. Guys, true story -- I literally woke up I'm beyond THRILLED for this book to debut. I binged it over a flight and stayed up late into the night at my hotel reading this, and it was a rollercoaster filled with strong Chinese warrior protagonists, Chinese deities/gods and legends and myths and DRAGONS, set in a variety of Manhattan Chinatowns. The characters in it stole my heart with their stubborn and snarky personalities and their banter. And the humor, oh, the humor in this book is to DIE for. Guys, true story -- I literally woke up at 5:07AM (yes I still remember looking at the clock and feeling astounded) the morning after I read it because I had LAUGHED MYSELF AWAKE because I was DREAMING ABOUT THE BOOK and the jokes in it were just so, so funny.I simply cannot wait for Chinese children all over the world to read these books written by an author of their heritage celebrating their heritage, their roots, their families, and the joys and pains of their diaspora experiences. Oh, and the amazing food descriptions that had me drooling in the middle of the night -- who could forget that?The world has seen Greek myths and legends explored in Rick Riordan's books. And now, we have a new star on the rise. Guys, get ready for THE DRAGON WARRIOR and its sequel. It's about to shake up the world.
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  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    OMG that cover!!! 😍 Now I’m even more excited (and I was stoked before!)!! 😆
  • Aneeqah
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of this book, and HOLY. WOW. You'll be sucked into this wonderful world from page one, and fall in love with this amazing crew of characters. You'll laugh one page, and cry the next. I love how intricately Katie explores family and Chinese culture, and how rich the mythology this book is. As a die-hard Rick Riordan fan, I don't comp books to him lightly, but seriously: if you grew up reading Rick Riordan books, you'll want to read this book IMMEDIATEL I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of this book, and HOLY. WOW. You'll be sucked into this wonderful world from page one, and fall in love with this amazing crew of characters. You'll laugh one page, and cry the next. I love how intricately Katie explores family and Chinese culture, and how rich the mythology this book is. As a die-hard Rick Riordan fan, I don't comp books to him lightly, but seriously: if you grew up reading Rick Riordan books, you'll want to read this book IMMEDIATELY.A blurb from my 11-year-old sibling: "Wow, this sounds awesome!!!!!" (with that many exclamation points). I think that's proof enough that you need this book.
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  • Divine Anas
    January 1, 1970
    Did you just say Percy Jackson vibes?????? And October???? Yup, my birth month will gonna be filled with diverse books that's for sure.
  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    look at that gorgeous cover!! this book is going to own my heart <3
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Omg. Omg. THE DRAGON WARRIOR is such a gorgeous book that dives right into Chinese mythology set in our modern world. Katie is such a masterful writer and some of the big, emotional reveals in this made me audibly gasp. The world is lush, the characters jump off the page, and IT'S SO FUNNY. I'm not a person that laughs easily when I read--getting a snort out of me is pretty impressive. But this book had me laughing every chapter! Like, OUT LOUD! It's the only book I've I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Omg. Omg. THE DRAGON WARRIOR is such a gorgeous book that dives right into Chinese mythology set in our modern world. Katie is such a masterful writer and some of the big, emotional reveals in this made me audibly gasp. The world is lush, the characters jump off the page, and IT'S SO FUNNY. I'm not a person that laughs easily when I read--getting a snort out of me is pretty impressive. But this book had me laughing every chapter! Like, OUT LOUD! It's the only book I've ever read that had me giggling constantly as I read. Humor is so hard to do but Katie's jokes land perfectly. This is also a book that's going to change reader's lives. It's upper MG, but the fast pace and rich mythology means that anyone can be sucked in. I can really see this as a go-to book like PERCY JACKSON for teachers and librarians to hand to reluctant readers and ensure they'll be swept away. This book is also so, so vital for the time we're living in. While it's exciting and funny and thrilling, it's also a book about found family, about stepping into your own heroism, and about seeing people for who they are instead of the image the world presses upon them. Katie never punches down with her humor, but only lifts up, and the diverse cast means so many kids will see themselves in this story. I'm so honored I got to read it early, and I can't wait to see THE DRAGON WARRIOR take over the world! <3
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  • Francesca Flores
    January 1, 1970
    I had the great pleasure of reading this book earlier this year, and even then, it was fantastic! I can't wait to re-read the final published version of this!It has EVERYTHING - magic, adventure, strong family dynamics, hilarious jokes, food, a fantastic protagonist, heart-warming passages, and a story that keeps you glued to the page. Apart from that, it's just extremely unique--a fantasy adventure based on Chinese deities, and spent racing through Chinatowns spread across the US? And with a mi I had the great pleasure of reading this book earlier this year, and even then, it was fantastic! I can't wait to re-read the final published version of this!It has EVERYTHING - magic, adventure, strong family dynamics, hilarious jokes, food, a fantastic protagonist, heart-warming passages, and a story that keeps you glued to the page. Apart from that, it's just extremely unique--a fantasy adventure based on Chinese deities, and spent racing through Chinatowns spread across the US? And with a mixed-race protagonist?! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANTDo yourself a favor and add this to your TBR, and preorder once the links come out! This book is NOT to be missed.
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    Note: This is an OwnVoices review! But please note I'm not familiar with all the mythology present in this book. I also won this as an ARC from Katie Zhao's twitter giveaway :D Thank you to Katie for sending this my way <3Overall 5/5 stars!The Dragon Warrior is a delight through and through. This is the book I desperately needed when I was the characters' age! The humor is spot on and only gets better as you keep reading. I highly recommend this book, especially for Chinese diaspora readers. Note: This is an OwnVoices review! But please note I'm not familiar with all the mythology present in this book. I also won this as an ARC from Katie Zhao's twitter giveaway :D Thank you to Katie for sending this my way <3Overall 5/5 stars!The Dragon Warrior is a delight through and through. This is the book I desperately needed when I was the characters' age! The humor is spot on and only gets better as you keep reading. I highly recommend this book, especially for Chinese diaspora readers. I feel so warm and tingly after finishing this and I hope you all will too.CharactersFaryn - A good girl. A good ye ye's girl hhhh what else can I say? I love the way she cares about her friends and family and always tries her best even when things are hard. I was cheering so hard the moment where she 'unlocks' her true power. Moli - What a sass-master! Zhaos represent :D She grows on you a lot from her initial introduction as Faryn's ex-best friend to reluctant frenemy to ally! Also LOL at the reveal with her horse. Loved it so much. (view spoiler)[It's oddly reminiscent of Chibi Moon and Pegasus. (hide spoiler)] Seriously, this girl has so many good one-liners. She can smell knock-off Gucci from a mile away.Alex - Poor baby, but the direction his character goes is great set-up for the plot to come! The sibling interactions between him and Faryn are *chef's kiss.* There's an added layer of complexity to this sibling relationship that I'm sure will resonate with a lot of readers, especially if you've ever felt like you're constantly not measuring up to others' standards of what you "should" be.Ren - I have a such soft spot for him. We finally get the (view spoiler)["find your mom" (hide spoiler)] quest that we deserve for those who aren't satisfied with how Zuko's played out. I didn't expect to find a character like him in here, but he was such a pleasant addition to Faryn's squad and a nice way to show off the Heaven Breaker abilities for world-building.Grandpa (Ye ye) - I LOVE GRANDPARENTS, so my bias is strong here. I adore good grandparent characters, so you bet I was sipping the loving-grandpa-juice for Faryn and Alex's ye ye. He's against the kids playing video games, but the video games did help them in the end.The deities - I love how the gods are written here. They're all so sassy towards one another. Everytime there was some divine banter, I had to put the book down and calm down from laughing before going back to read. The dialogue between Erlang Shen and Nezha is so charming at the end. WorldRepresentationFirst of all, that biracial/multiracial Chinese rep! Our main character, Faryn, is Chinese (dad's side) and a mix of Egyptian, Turkish, and Greek (mom's side). There's also a non-binary deity introduced later on. OFC There's diaspora Chinese rep up the wazoo here. The Jade SocietyFaryn's family's treated as outsiders to the Jade Society because of a clash in ideology between her father, Liu Bo, and Mao, the leader of the society, on what the duties of a Jade Society warrior should be. This is exacerbated by Liu Bo's disappearance, allowing Mao and by extention, the rest of the members of the JS, to act like haters towards Faryn, Alex and their grandpa. This allows the story to focus on Faryn and Alex's sense of belonging to their culture and community (and family!)Magic and LoreYou had me at huli jing. Ok, but really. The Dragon Warrior's magic and mythology is very accessible that I think those unfamiliar with Chinese mythology and the target audience will be able to follow no problem (I was following along pretty well for the lore I didn't know too). My ARC didn't have a glossary included, but there's a placeholder left for it so it'll definitely be in the finished version. We've got dragons, and demons, and Chinese hell, a whole pantheon of gods and more! CultureLunar New Year is a BIG thing in this book. Yay! There's also some history about the various Chinatowns found in the USA included too. And also, no one can ever complain about the food descriptions in here. Double yay!There's also some exploration of class differences within the Jade Society (Luhao rhymes with tu hao) and discussion about expectations of what a "perfect Chinese girl" is. It's hard to describe fresh-out of the book, but there were so many small details I noticed I just wanna shake the author's hand, you know?PlotNo spoiler, but I may add more close to the release date.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the book for every little girl who read the Percy Jackson series and wanted to see herself as the hero of an amazing world. This is the book for girls with enormous hearts who believe love is more powerful than raw strength and physical attributes. This is the book for girls who have never seen themselves kick butt in middle grade books. This is the book Scholastic Book Fairs need to hand to every single middle grade reader in this country. This. Book. It makes me laugh until I cry, and This is the book for every little girl who read the Percy Jackson series and wanted to see herself as the hero of an amazing world. This is the book for girls with enormous hearts who believe love is more powerful than raw strength and physical attributes. This is the book for girls who have never seen themselves kick butt in middle grade books. This is the book Scholastic Book Fairs need to hand to every single middle grade reader in this country. This. Book. It makes me laugh until I cry, and then cry until I laugh. Faryn's story touches my heart, and her warrior journey fills me with pure excitement. I could read this book a hundred times and still find places that bring me to tears (both from laughter and feels). Katie's voice is so unique, genuine, and epic. She brings the Chinese deities into an urban fantasy setting without missing a beat. Her plot twists bring you to your knees. And she never hesitates to talk about hard-hitting topics.A hilarious and big hearted heroine. Killer world building. Complex and heart-wrenching sibling dynamics. Delicious food descriptions. A laugh out loud cast of deities. And DRAGONS!?!? Honestly, what more could you possibly want?
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I was so lucky to be able to read THE DRAGON WARRIOR early! It was this perfect blend of heart and humor, with settings so well-described I could envision myself in each of the different Chinatowns or the center of the Jade Society’s compound. The story was rich with truths, showing how friendships crack and mend, how family bonds might be tested, and how doing the right thing isn’t always what you think it is. The adventure in this book swept me away in a golden chariot led by flying horses!!An I was so lucky to be able to read THE DRAGON WARRIOR early! It was this perfect blend of heart and humor, with settings so well-described I could envision myself in each of the different Chinatowns or the center of the Jade Society’s compound. The story was rich with truths, showing how friendships crack and mend, how family bonds might be tested, and how doing the right thing isn’t always what you think it is. The adventure in this book swept me away in a golden chariot led by flying horses!!And Faryn, the main character, was both strong and vulnerable, wanting so much to believe in her own strength and her unexpected destiny, but struggling all the same against those who did not think her worthy. (Oh, she was MORE than worthy!) Katie Zhao had me laughing one moment, gasping in surprise in the next, and even finding hope in the saddest moments in the story. I’m so looking forward to seeing this amazing book out in the world!
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  • Maria Hossain
    January 1, 1970
    I was one of the lucky few who got to read an early draft of this book and let's just say, you're not prepared for this. This book, I began to read in the middle of a boring lecture and immediately, I said immediately, it sucked me inside its world. The description and the world building alone are splendidly done. I could imagine myself in the world. On top of that, Katie is a master of spinning emotions and surprising you with twists and turns just across the corner of the events. Also, she's s I was one of the lucky few who got to read an early draft of this book and let's just say, you're not prepared for this. This book, I began to read in the middle of a boring lecture and immediately, I said immediately, it sucked me inside its world. The description and the world building alone are splendidly done. I could imagine myself in the world. On top of that, Katie is a master of spinning emotions and surprising you with twists and turns just across the corner of the events. Also, she's so good at emotions! My heart was wrung by the time I finished this book.World??YOU. ARE. NOT. READY. FOR. THIS. BOOK. AT. ALL!!!
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  • Jouska
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5I'm so conflicted helpOn one hand,Ghost of Christmas Present: I adore the author (#ownvoices) and what she set out to accomplish is simply amazing. I really wish to support her endeavors no matter what. This novel gives a wonderful chance to POC girls (in this case, Chinese-American) to see themselves in a magical adventure of heroes and demons worthy of Rick Riordan. The divine world is rich, well-described, easy to acces and yet beyond any dream. Plus, the plot took some wild Actual rating: 3.5I'm so conflicted helpOn one hand,Ghost of Christmas Present: I adore the author (#ownvoices) and what she set out to accomplish is simply amazing. I really wish to support her endeavors no matter what. This novel gives a wonderful chance to POC girls (in this case, Chinese-American) to see themselves in a magical adventure of heroes and demons worthy of Rick Riordan. The divine world is rich, well-described, easy to acces and yet beyond any dream. Plus, the plot took some wild turns and I am deeply impressed by how Zhao had the guts to do all of that!On the other hand,Grinch: I didn't really connect to any of the characters? This is solemnly my opinion and everyone is free to disagree, since it depends on the individual reading experience, but I found the characters lacking depths and complexity, even Faryn. Though each one has their own missions, expectations and flaws, which developed nicely, I just couldn't get much out of them, in the end. They all followed pretty standard, predictable paths. The payoff wasn't satisfying, for me. Moreover, I found the writing style... almost jagged? Like, the scenes changed abruptly and sometime skipped passages. Especially the dialogues felt weird, in some places sounding unrealstic and childish, even for a MG. Finally, can we talk about (view spoiler)[ Moli's death? I get why she needed to die for the final arc to triumph, but they way she passed away is simply... WTF? A random falling stagelight? Really?! (hide spoiler)]See? See?!I'm so confused. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? No. Was I indifferent? No. I don't even have anyone to compare notes with, ughpooh's voice: what to do, what to do, what to do...
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  • Naseem
    January 1, 1970
    A fun book that's the true spirit of a middle grade—you'll want to read THE DRAGON WARRIOR as soon as you can!!!I'm so glad I got to read this book! The characters are charming, the adventure is fast-paced, and the whole thing was an utter delight to read. This is the beginning of a series that kids will absolutely love and would make a kick-butt Saturday morning cartoon. This is a book that will make even the most reluctant of readers dive straight in.One thing that makes this book so remarkabl A fun book that's the true spirit of a middle grade—you'll want to read THE DRAGON WARRIOR as soon as you can!!!I'm so glad I got to read this book! The characters are charming, the adventure is fast-paced, and the whole thing was an utter delight to read. This is the beginning of a series that kids will absolutely love and would make a kick-butt Saturday morning cartoon. This is a book that will make even the most reluctant of readers dive straight in.One thing that makes this book so remarkable is how unapologetically steeped in Chinese culture and lore it is. There's no apology for using Chinese words (I'm assuming Mandarin, but I'm not Chinese, so I don't know!) or stories. It also really speaks to people who are trapped between cultures or who feel like outcasts—I think a lot of first-generation kids feel like "blood traitors," which is the insult hurled at the narrator and her brother. It's something difficult to capture, but THE DRAGON WARRIOR did it in a way that will speak to the kids who aren't sure how to put that feeling into words.I also love the settings in the book, the various Chinatowns. As someone whose culture doesn't have a home-base in many cities like that, I can imagine the feeling of home (and the complications that come with it) that arise when you're in a hub like that. Also shout-out to my home city of Chicago!! I would have been bummed if there wasn't a visit to Chicago Chinatown ;) I think it's deeply important for marginalized kids to see themselves in book, both the good and the bad. Alex and Faryn grapple with themselves and with what's going on in ways that kids who have been knocked down and bullied will deeply understand. The choices they make are so human and flawed, and I love that.One note: the book ends on a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. If you have to deprive yourself of this book in order to wait until the sequel is also out, I wouldn't blame you. But you would be missing out on a comedic adventure that proves that anyone can be a hero. <3
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  • Pragati Chaudhari
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so very glad that this is happening! OMG!! This book is so very good and I was literally a mess while I was reading it. Such amazing writing, such a phenomenal plot and awesome characters! This book is such a treat and I'm really, really, really happy that this is getting pubbed because Katie deserves this. And so much more!!
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  • Ryan Bada
    January 1, 1970
    1/8/19 - so i found a post on subtle asian traits (which i reacted to "sad") and the author posted a screenshot of her mom texting her job offerings because of her transition from her old job from accounting to being a full time author and i can't believe that i'm not adding her debut because of that but how i'm actually excited for this book. "percy jackson" meets "grace lin"?!? an instant add for me!
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  • Claire Bartlett
    January 1, 1970
    I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG FOR A SEQUEL AFTER THAT ENDING. WHAAAAAAAT.Faryn is a girl who lives with her brother and grandfather in Chinatown. The three of them are ridiculed outcasts, trying to keep their heads down. That becomes hard to do when Faryn is called to be the latest in a long and glorious line of supernatural warriors - and tasked with defending the Gods themselves. As Faryn and her brother race to find the island of the Gods, they get a chance to find out what happened I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG FOR A SEQUEL AFTER THAT ENDING. WHAAAAAAAT.Faryn is a girl who lives with her brother and grandfather in Chinatown. The three of them are ridiculed outcasts, trying to keep their heads down. That becomes hard to do when Faryn is called to be the latest in a long and glorious line of supernatural warriors - and tasked with defending the Gods themselves. As Faryn and her brother race to find the island of the Gods, they get a chance to find out what happened to their missing father. More than that, they get to find out what they're made of as they face the ultimate tests of bravery, loyalty, and inner strength.This book was super fun, while maintaining a number of serious themes. Family, friendship and rivalry, race, and the bitterness of being the target of constant racism - these were all huge parts of the book, while Faryn and her brother Alex quibble and quip their way across the US. There's a ton of action, too, with great fight scenes in between the one-liners. In that way, it's a lot like a Marvel film. But it's better, because it has dragons.Oh yeah, and that ending will kill you. Seriously, Katie. I am ded.
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  • Ela Mishne
    January 1, 1970
    It's a fantastic read, incredibly funny, fast-paced, and so much more!
  • Jen Vanderputten
    January 1, 1970
    This middle-grade book is such a fun read! A must-have for every library, both public and at home.
  • Viral
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Katie Zhao for signing my copy!This book is a fun and interesting fantasy middle grade novel about a young Chinese girl, Faryn, and her brother Alex, as they embark on a quest to defeat demons and overcome trials to save their homeland and get Faryn to the Jade Emperor before the end of the Lunar New Year. It's a straightforward and enjoyable story, and it's so good and speaking to the immigrant experience, providing a platform for Chinese kid Thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Katie Zhao for signing my copy!This book is a fun and interesting fantasy middle grade novel about a young Chinese girl, Faryn, and her brother Alex, as they embark on a quest to defeat demons and overcome trials to save their homeland and get Faryn to the Jade Emperor before the end of the Lunar New Year. It's a straightforward and enjoyable story, and it's so good and speaking to the immigrant experience, providing a platform for Chinese kids to see their heritage and culture in a fantasy lens. Highly recommend for middle grade audiences!
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  • Quinn Sosna-Spear
    January 1, 1970
    If you or your kids liked Percy Jackson, then READ THIS!! Katie does such an amazing job of creating a modern, relatable story by blending fascinating mythology with a grounded, real-feeling narrative.Ugh, and the characters. You fall in love with them. The protagonist (Faryn) is definitely my favorite. She's a strong female character who is guided by morals and will quickly jump into action--but she's also very funny and, at times, vulnerable. I don't want to talk too much about other character If you or your kids liked Percy Jackson, then READ THIS!! Katie does such an amazing job of creating a modern, relatable story by blending fascinating mythology with a grounded, real-feeling narrative.Ugh, and the characters. You fall in love with them. The protagonist (Faryn) is definitely my favorite. She's a strong female character who is guided by morals and will quickly jump into action--but she's also very funny and, at times, vulnerable. I don't want to talk too much about other characters without giving anything away, but all of them are compelling and three-dimensional in their own rights. The plot is strong and action-packed. Once you start, you won't want to put it down. As I was reading, I kept picturing an epic animated series (which is a high compliment because that's the best kind of series :D). I can see this book being popular with children, teens, and adults. Definitely don't sleep on it! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and your adrenalin will rush (what's the action equivalent of "laugh" and "cry?" Oh well, we'll just go with adrenalin).Highly recommend!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was more of a 3.5⭐ for me.I was excited to read this one. It’s Rick Riordanesque but with Chinese mythology. I love that it’s an #ownvoices story written by a Chinese American author. Because I read an ARC, it is possible that some of my problems with the story will be worked out before publication. I definitely think that the book will benefit from the inclusion of a glossary (which there are pages set aside for) because there is a lot of Chinese terminology used that isn’t really explaine This was more of a 3.5⭐️ for me.I was excited to read this one. It’s Rick Riordanesque but with Chinese mythology. I love that it’s an #ownvoices story written by a Chinese American author. Because I read an ARC, it is possible that some of my problems with the story will be worked out before publication. I definitely think that the book will benefit from the inclusion of a glossary (which there are pages set aside for) because there is a lot of Chinese terminology used that isn’t really explained or easily understood from context. There are moments of clunky writing, this is a debut after all, but a little more editing can really help there. My biggest concern though was that I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Debut book by new author, Katie Zhao, is sure to please Middle grade readers who like mythology. This would be a great addition to a library trying to diversify their collection with more Asian literature. Faryn Liu and her little brother Alex, are members of the Jade Society warriors, they have been outcasts since their father left in search of demons. They are card for by their grandfather who has also been training them to be warriors. It is the Lunar New Year festival and Faryn leaves the co Debut book by new author, Katie Zhao, is sure to please Middle grade readers who like mythology. This would be a great addition to a library trying to diversify their collection with more Asian literature. Faryn Liu and her little brother Alex, are members of the Jade Society warriors, they have been outcasts since their father left in search of demons. They are card for by their grandfather who has also been training them to be warriors. It is the Lunar New Year festival and Faryn leaves the compound to go into San Francisco’s Chinatown to get her grandfather’s medicine. On the way home she encounters a nián (Chinese demon) and uses her grandfathers training to try and stop the demon from causing havoc in Chinatown. This is the beginning of her adventure, read this book to find out who will wield the ancient weapon, Heaven Breaker, and what this means to the Chinese gods.#Netgalley ARChttps://twitter.com/ktzhaoauthor
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  • Sara (lyrical.reads)
    January 1, 1970
    [ 4.5 🌟 ] Review to come!
  • Adam Gaylord
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to read an early draft of this gem of a book and it really is something special. Just read it. Seriously.
  • Cass
    January 1, 1970
    This book has: dragons, the best kid-jokes, hidden identities, and seriously WILD adventures inspired by Chinese and Chinese-diaspora experience. LOVE. I had the privilege of reading an early version of this book and can't to add this to my nightly reading with my 10 & 11-year-old kids! <3 It has a strong Rick Riordan vibe because of the mythology in a contemporary setting, but with Katie's own brand of wry humor that I love across all her writing.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Review closer to release date.
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