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Dragon Steel (Dragon #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  410 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Returning to her underwater dragon kingdom expecting to be rewarded for capturing an enchantress, Shimmer and young Thorn instead must continue their quest to restore the dragon princess' s clan to its ancestral home. A tale of dungeons, sea monsters, and magicians, this sequel to Dragon of the Lost Sea "will lure even more readers to [Yep's] legion of followers." -- V. "T ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 20th 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1985)
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Aug 24, 2013 Gale rated it it was ok

This book, second in a series based on Chinese dragon lore, chronicles the struggle of a strong-willed dragon princess as she continues her quest to find, free her clan from submarine bondage and reestablish them on the beloved land. Not having read the first book in this series put me at a slight disadvantage, although each book stands more or less on its own. Including summaries of previous action, Yep plunges readers into immediate action and maintains an exhaus
It took me a while to get to these (Dragon Steel, Dragon Cauldron, and Dragon War) after reading Dragon of the Lost Sea, because I wanted to collect all three of the remaining books before reading them.

Anyway, these continue the story of the dragon princess Shimmer and her human companion Thorn in their quest to restore Shimmer's lost ocean home. When Shimmer returns to the dragon High King for help, she discovers that her entire clan have been enslaved by him, and now she must save them all in
I wish so much I'd known Dragon of the Lost Sea had sequels when I was a kid and it was my OMG FAVORITEST BOOK IN THE WHOLE WHOLE WORLD. I would have loved this so much back then. As it is, I enjoyed it, but... Well, it's written for a younger set than what I usually prefer to read. I worry I'm under-rating it - maybe my perspective is just skewed - but I thought the prose was a bit clunky and the friendship themes a little too on the hammer-to-the-head side. (Plus, I'm glad Shimmer's so loyal t ...more
Gail Morris
Jun 26, 2015 Gail Morris rated it really liked it
Excellent tale of dragon abilities and alliances and of course the Monkey King
Nov 22, 2013 Linnae rated it it was ok
The banished dragon, Shimmer, and her companion Thorn return to the underwater dragon kingdom, hoping to be rewarded for capturing a witch. Instead they are thrown into the dungeon. Not only do they have to escape, Shimmer must convince her clanspeople that she is capable of leading them back to their ancestral lands.

Maybe I should have read the first book. I didn't connect with the characters much.
Kevin Hughes
The sentence structure in these books makes them very difficult to read aloud, as I did to my children. But my kids enjoyed them anyway.

As the second book in the series, this book suffers from a bit too much preparation for what comes later, and not enough actual rising action.
Oct 03, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was tremendous - definitely would be better to read this series in order, but I'm not complaining. This book was wonderful; deepening Monkey's character, and introducing Indigo. Very good commentary on friendship, courage, loyalty, love, importance of dreams and hope...
Dec 18, 2009 Skedatt rated it really liked it
The first part started out a little slow, but then picked up really fast in terms of character development. I went from being ok with the series to really liking it. I wonder what will happen next.
Dec 15, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it
This whole series was one of my pre-teen 'I don't what to read so I'll just read this again' fallbacks. I can still see the imagery of certain scenes. Great series!
Sarah Sammis
Dec 02, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite Yep book.
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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