The Sword Guest (Dragon's Pupils, #1)
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The Sword Guest (Dragon's Pupils #1)

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The story centers on Liz, born of half Australian and of half Chinese descent. Growing up in Australia, she isnt very interested in her fathers ancient Chinese stories. She is concerned with problems that are far more contemporary such as environmental issues, and particularly her friends handsome brother who is an environmental activist. But her disinterest in Chinese cul...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Bookpal
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Lucy
I was given a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.


I really respect the author of this self-published book, I think it must take a lot of courage to put yourself out there in the way he has by choosing to self publish. I really, really wanted to like this book because I am all for supporting new writers and self published writers.

When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded a little strange but it did sound unique and so many books are just same old, same o...more
Holly
~May have some spoilers.~

This book was very different for me as I don't think I have ever really read anything that was centered around Chinese heritage. So I was very excited about that and to see what the author had written.

Our main character Liz, half-Chinese, half-Australian was-- as we read in the blurb-- not at all interested in listening to her fathers old tales. As she was much more interested in environmental issues--which brings up the point of Wave Rock being blasted by a mining compa...more
Nicki Markus
I was contacted by Martin Chu Shui back in June, requesting a review of this book and I have only now had time to get to it.

Let me say first off that I do not like rating books low, especially when it is a new writer trying to start out as I know how that feels. But, I was offered a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and so I need to be honest.

This book had a number of problems for me. The main one was believability (or the lack thereof). Sure this is fantasy, but the world still...more
Jerry Huang
Embarking on an adventure that brings you halfway across the world and back, slaying evil monsters with magic and gaining magical superpowers from a dream. Sounds pretty awesome eh? The excitement, the suspense, and the fight for all of humanity: why wouldn't that be exciting? Actually though, there is a book for it, and it actually isn't that good… The book, Dragon’s Pupil: The Sword Guest, by Martin Chu Shui, was actually a pretty poorly written book though it did have an interesting concept....more
Martin Chushui
Reviewed by Miranda Wheeler and translated by Martin Chu Shui

通常我對龍,或純粹奇幻風格小說不太感興趣,自從讀了菲利普·普爾曼“他的黑物質”之後,我還沒有讀過任何魔幻題材,所以這本書對我來說又是一個不尋常的選擇。在這種情況下我又一次被證明了,有時候跨出一個人的舒適區的邊界,確實是件很偉大的事。書中主角都是14,比當今擁擠的青少年流派中的17-19都要小一些,所以很有趣的去觀察他們現實生活中的巨大差異。

俱有驚人法力的書法筆,可怕的龍,中國文化和經典的英雄戰鬥(是個冷靜頭腦的太極教師,而不是一個大宗師),形成鮮明對比的是澳大利亞,抗議行動,可怕的動物奇怪行為,和幾個十四歲的年輕人,這種大膽的混合實際上很有效,取得了出乎意料的成功。

這個故事的基調是真正獨一無二的,從旁觀者角度來寫的,很幽默,充滿了“智者複述”和新鮮材料的氣味。作者肯定懷有經典說書人的聲音和不可思議的敘事能力,而且還設法接觸到書中年輕的主角們,用個非常有創意的方式去捕捉他們獨特有趣的個性。有時候,故事情節有點太激動了些,但與該書鏈接的幾乎是天衣無縫。除此之外,寫作...more
Becky
I was contacted by the author and given a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
I have a thing about dragon's, I love them, so the title alone was enough to pull me in, the beginning of the story really pulled me in and I loved the idea of a magic calligraphy pen that could bring drawings to life, I was instantly like, wow, this sounds great. Then we skip forward and meet Liz and Henry - twins living in Australia but with Chinese heritage. Strange things are happening around Australia, b...more
Kelly/yllektra
Sep 09, 2011 Kelly/yllektra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly/yllektra by: given by the author
I think this is between 3 and 3 1/ stars for me.

The story takes place mostly in Australia - although we do get to see a bit of China as well and it involves primarily three fourteen-year-old kids, twins Liz and Henry and their friend Sue and of course their families.

Out of the three, Liz seems to be the most driven, especially when it comes to the environment and protecting it and of course Tai Chi. Early on in the book, we find out that all three of them are "activists" despite their young age...more
Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
First, a comment about the author. Mr. Chushui is a total class act. I already felt bad in giving the book a poor review, and when I informed him the review would be unfavorable (this is my custom. I will always let the author/requester know of my review and I will let them read it if they wish before I post it at GoodReads. I will not alter it, and unless they request otherwise I will post it no where else on the Internet) he thanked me for my honest review.

Damn, I love the man already.

Anyway n...more
Kristy
My apologies to the author, but you DID say you were looking forward to my review....

This book is in my mind the literary equivalent of the worst movie ever made, "Big Trouble In Little China." How Tai Chi, vampires, half-monster-half-man creatures, aliens, and potions all ended up in the same story I have no clue, but it did not work for me. I was interested in the first few chapters; I thought the whole idea of the pen bringing things to life by drawing their eyes was a great plot starter...bu...more
Valentina
This book had something interesting going for it: the premise was original. It’s not every day that a Young Adult book takes place in Western Australia with an immersion in Chinese culture.
The story is fast paced, sometimes too a fault. Many scenes I wished had been explained fully, not just brushed over. There is a lot of information, both plot-wise and about Chinese folklore, enough to confuse the reader if he or she is not a careful reader. I did enjoy the mixture of myths in the storyline,...more
Jamie
The Sword Guest was a fun and interesting read. I wasn't sure at first what I thought of this but by the end I enjoyed reading it.

Liz, her twin brother Henry and their friend Sue are 14 years old. In their spare time they take karate lessons and are concerned with environmental issues. Since they can remember Liz and Henry have been listening to their father's stories about Chinese culture. One day when they are out enjoying a picnic with their families they find out that things are not what th...more
Avery
***May contain spoilers***

When I first read the synopsis of this book I had two thoughts, one being, that the book sounded to be completely out of my comfort zone (typically I read YA PNR/ UF, I cannot recall ever having read, what I could like to call, a 'foreign fantasy' before- a fantasy story which takes place entirely outside of North America and focuses intently on a foreign culture- their behaviours, practices, histories, and so forth), the other, that there seemed a lot to be going on in...more
Tahlia Newland
Imagine an Australian Kung Fu movie in a book and you have Dragon’s Pupils - The Sword Guest, a unique and highly imaginative story full of strange creatures, awe-inspiring magic and non-stop action set primarily in Western Australia. I really enjoyed seeing a story where magical aspects of Chinese culture come to life in an Australian context. Given the long history of Chinese immigrants here, (almost as long as the Europeans), I’m surprised it has taken so long for something like this to appea...more
Kathy Martin
This was an interesting and entertaining young adult book. The main characters are all fourteen. Liz, her twin brother Henry, and best friend Sue find themselves battling monsters out of legend to save the world. They are pretty ordinary Australian kids. Liz and Henry are half Chinese. They have grown up hearing but not listening to their father's Chinese legends and folktales. They, along with their friend, have studied Tai Chi since they were little. They are concerned about the environment an...more
Miranda Wheeler
I'm generally not big on dragons, or the "straight stuff" of the fantasy genre, and I haven't read the whole "magical object" focus since His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, so this was another unusual read for me. As I've again been proven in this instance, sometimes it's a really great thing to step beyond the boundaries of a comfort zone. The main characters, Henry, Sue, and Liz, at fourteen, are all younger than the steady 17-19 that the YA genre is crowded right now, and it was also real...more
Jolie
Liz is an ordinary 14 year old girl. She has an annoying brother, boring (and embarrassing) parents and a crush on her best friend's older brother. She also attends environmental protests and takes karate lessons. It was during one of these protests, she, her brother and her friend see two amazing things. Amazing thing #1: When an ancient rock was destroyed, monsters and vampires came streaming out of it. Amazing thing #2: Their karate instructor comes to their rescue and nearly gets killed help...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
I have to say that this book surprised me quite a lot. Although it's written for a younger age group, the story itself was interesting enough to keep this 20-something entertained from the very beginning to the end.

The three main characters - Liz, Henry and Sue - are all fourteen years old. While in most instances these characters act their age very much so, there are some points where they seem a little more mature. Liz seems to be more driven. Sue, on the other hand, seemed a little less matur...more
Maryann
The Dragon's Pupils is a different kind of book than i was used to.. It is based on three characters that was well written.. They might only be 14 years old but they learn how to overcome their fears and learn tai chi.They become a kick butt group known as the Jian Ke, and save the world.. The leader of the group being Liz the pen wielder..her twin brother Henry, with his sword and their friend Sue with the ying and yang bracelets Battle monsters, vampires and aliens known as the backpacking vam...more
Wendy Hines
More geared toward young teens, Dragon's Pupil's is c. Liz learning something from her dad's stories was educational and the painted backdrop of beautiful China was a definite attention grabber. However, the characters themselves were not three dimensional. They needed more depth, more emotion in their characteristics. That said, obviously the author has great knowledge about Kung Fu and it shines through in his writing. If you like reading an adventure story, or learning about other cultures, t...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
If I had to select just one genre for this book, it would be most difficult. It is Young Adult, it is Action & Adventure, it is Mystical and Fantastical! There is something for most people in this book to enjoy. I forgot for most of it, until the author reminded me, that Liz was actually 14 years old. It is fast-paced, well written and with a few twists and turns in there for you to read along with or try to figure out before Liz does, whichever takes your fancy!

Thoroughly enjoyed it and lov...more
Lindsay
There were some interesting ideas in this, and it was nice to see some Asian mythology used in a fantasy book as well. I just felt that some of the plot development was sometimes a bit rushed. It felt like the main characters were given all these amazing powers, but without really having to work for them, and no learning curve. The advanced martial arts masters are then killed off around them while they defeat the enemies.
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
如果我必須為這本書只選擇一個流派的話,將是最困難的。這是青少年流派,這是動作與冒險流派,這也是神秘和幻想流派!大多數人都能從這本書中找出些東西去欣賞。 直到作者提醒我,我幾乎都忘了麗絲實際上只有14歲。故事的節奏很快,寫得很好,書中有不少波折,你可以從閱讀中得到,或搶先在麗絲之前揣摩出答案,儘你的想像去選擇!

非常喜歡它,特別喜愛東方與西方的交融。
Bill Tillman
Half Chinese, half Australian magical world were vampires fight yellow cranes and giant panda bears. The action is fast and comes at you from the least expected places. Imagine Kung Fu Panda meets Buck Rogers and they have tea with Gandalf the Wizard while Aslan's army awaits their orders.

A cliff hanger from beginning to end.
Albert
This was a no stop adventure from the first sentence. I was completely taken off gaurd as I thought it would just be yet another vampire story. I could not have been more wrong and I could not be happier. This is well worth it to pick up.
tiffany thomas
I like it

Cool and amazing story ever I saw a book! recommendation it! and I bet you like this book!!! really cool!!
Kathy
Interesting storyline but overall very dry writing. I am reviewing book two so I will post more thoughts about both books in that review.
Martha
Oct 03, 2011 Martha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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