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Dragon Pearl

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,398 ratings  ·  1,058 reviews
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD MIN comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Mins mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.

Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Sarah They are books that draw on different world mythologies (Mayan, West African, Hindu, etc.) that Rick Riordan edits. He's using his fame to draw…moreThey are books that draw on different world mythologies (Mayan, West African, Hindu, etc.) that Rick Riordan edits. He's using his fame to draw attention to diverse books he lacks the cultural background to write himself.(less)

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Rick Riordan
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Dangerous Worlds

Min is just your regular teenaged fox spirit, living with her family on the dusty backwater world of Jinju.

Oh, sure, like all fox spirits, she can change shape into whatever she wants: human, fox, even a dining table. And, yes, she has the power to Charm -- to manipulate human emotions and make people see things that arent there. But thats not very exciting when youre stuck on the family farm, sleeping every night in a crowded common room with your snoring cousins,
I really enjoyed this one. RTC! <3

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This was the May pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Middle Grade Science Fiction at its BEST!!!

This rollicking space opera follows 13-y.o., Min, on her quest to find out what happened to her older brother, Jun.

When an investigator shows up at her house, accusing her older brother, Jun, of deserting the Space Forces, Min knows there has to be some mistake. Jun and Min had talked of joining the Forces their whole lives and going on grand adventures together. Now that he is a part of that world, Min knows he would never disgrace his family by
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

The cover of this book is sooooo cute!

This was a really good middle-grade book!!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
may ➹
congrats Yoon Ha Lee you are the first writer Ive seen to seamlessly weave nonbinary characters into everyday life in SFF ...more
This is one of the best things I've ever read.

Dragon Pearl is a Korean-inspired space opera following a teenage fox spirit, set in a queer-inclusive universe. I can't believe I almost didn't read it just because it was middle grade; if I hadn't loved Ninefox Gambit so much, I would have never picked it up, and that would have been such a mistake on my part. It is middle grade, that's the target audience, but Dragon Pearl is the kind of book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

I had almost
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, korea
2.5 stars

Well, this didnt go as expected. Dragon Pearl was my most anticipated Rick Riordan Presents book because it's a space opera with Korean mythology elements. However, I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I was hesitant to round my rating to 3 stars because I feel I didn't quite like it at that level, but 2 stars was too low of a rating for it.

The main problem I had with this book is that it's bland. It's not exciting or mind-blowing, and I feel mostly neutral towards it. It's
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this specifically because it was penned by Yoon Ha Lee. I'm a completionist that way.

BUT, I'll be honest, I am not particularly fond of most YA. It tends to be cookie-cutter plots and characters that feel like dough. It's fine if you like fat and sweet things that aren't that good for you but still make you feel warm and fuzzy afterward. And sometimes not even that... sometimes there is just the gnawing guilt and the shame.

Not here, though! I really enjoyed it. Yoon Ha Lee proves he can
Hannah Greendale
The lasting prejudice against us annoyed me. Other supernaturals, like dragons and goblins and shamans, could wield their magic openly, and were even praised for it. Dragons used their weather magic for agriculture and the time-consuming work of terraforming planets. Goblins, with their invisibility caps, could act as secret agents; their ability to summon food with their magical wands came in handy, too. Shamans were essential for communicating with the ancestors and spirits, of course. We
Alexandra Elend Wolf
2.5 stars

Seems to me, Min, you make your own luck.

I entered this book with so many expectations -why do I keep doing this to myself?- and, oh so hype, the premise seemed really cool and, well, it didn't help up.

I kept falling asleep every time I read more than a couple of pages. I'm not even kidding, it was Every. Single. Time. I think I ended reading it more asleep than awake at the end.

It's probably just the fact that I had so many expectations, one of them being that the story was gonna
Amy Risner
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the May pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie and me!

The Dates & Breakdown:
May 13th Page 1 64 (Ch. 1 7)
May 14th Page 65 124 (Ch. 8 14)
May 15th Page 125 183 (Ch. 15 22)
May 16th Page 184 242 (Ch. 23 28)
May 17th Page 243 End (Ch. 29 38)

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Leona  Petrovic
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is my first Rick Riordan presents novel, and I must admit that I am disappointed. The idea of RR presents is a good one. It's very admirable that RR is using his fame to help other authors share stories that involve their various cultural backgrounds but quality-wise this book was nothing like a RR book. I didn't expect this to be like one of his books, but I did expect it to be GOOD which it was not.

Both the ending and the beginning are stupid and the middle is boring. All the characters
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Space opera based on KOREAN mythology. My people! Someone hold me.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The "Rick Riordan presents" imprint focuses on writers of different cultural backgrounds doing for their traditions what Riordan did for the Greek myths. In this one Yoon Ha Lee explores his Korean traditions with a space opera setting (The Thousand Worlds) that includes dragons, goblins, tiger and fox spirits and ghosts and starships that rely on things like good fortune and gi flows.

Kim Min is a 13-year old fox spirit living on a poor badly-terraformed colony world with her family. Fox spirits
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

Ive already recommended this to one of my library kids, so it goes to show that just because you dont love a book it doesnt mean you cant recommend it to others.

Im a cover lover and read this for purely shallow reasons. I listened to the audiobook and found myself not always wanting to listen or tuning out. But conceptually, this book is great. A shapeshifting fox girl who travels through space to save her brother, thats a great unique plot kids will love.

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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author and I was confused why he'd need a "Rick Riordan presents" on the cover. I still don't know. But Rick Riordan has character art and more insight on his website so maybe he's writing in the universe of the thousand worlds?

We follow 13-year-old Min

as she is told that her older brother has deserted the military. To clear his name and possibly save him, she embarks on a journey all alone. Apparently, it all has to do with the mythical Dragon Pearl that can supposedly
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To keep the family safe, 13 year old Mins mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in
I liked this fast-paced story a lot. When Kim Min, young fox spirit, hears that her older brother is suspected of deserting from his Space Forces post in a quest to find the Dragon Pearl, she accidentally knocks the Investigator who brought the news unconscious and decides she has to find her brother. (Now, if I'd just done that to someone, I don't think I'd be thinking of leaving the planet, but it's a great start to this story.) Min, after tricking her way onto a ship and getting injured in a ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, own
Okay so I had a friend read this and she didn't end up loving it even though she was so hyped for it. That made me pretty hesitant to pick it up but BOY OH BOY WAS SHE WRONG! I freaking loved this! I think it dragged and I felt bored a few times (also could have done with a bit more world building) but the characters were solid (I adore Min so much) and the mystery kept me guessing. I loved getting Korean mythology interwoven (shout out to the damn prime example of an ally: Rick Riordan) into a ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Reading this for the Dragons & Tea Book Club!

I had a lot of fun reading this one! Its definitely one of those scenarios where I think that its better suited for the actual target audience, but where I could appreciate the entertainment, mythological/supernatural Korean touches and just the space shenanigans (which are also my fave).
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Loved this!
I thought this was such a delightful and fun space adventure. Can't wait to read Lee's adult SFF books now.

- Follows Min, a young teen who lives in the poorer fringes of the galaxy and is a fox spirit! She runs away from home to try and find her brother, who has been accused of being a deserter.
- It's a wonderful adventure where Min meets gamblers, dragons and dokkaebi and tigers that take human form, and eventually finds her way to a battle cruiser where her brother was stationed.
Sharlize D'Souza
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF'D at page 105. I really wanted to love it ..I just couldn't!
The Captain
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read more of this authors work ever since I read the odd but interesting short story called the starship and the temple cat. It can be found for free at the beneath ceasless skies website by clicking here. I do own the first book in his machineries of the empire series but havent yet read it. I decided to tackle this young adult title first.

The story follows a young fox spirit named Min who is biding her time until she can join the Space Forces like
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
This was fun, but sometimes a little boring.
Sofia Generali
3.5/5 stars

This book started out so promising!! Aaaand halfway through it lost almost all my attention.

I'm disappointed.

The book started out with such an interesting backdrop, with a girl named Min who was part of a fox family, who went in search of her missing brother. And it turned into endless pages of Min disguised on a spaceship carrying out menial duties and charming everyone in sight.



Thus far I've been disappointed by both this and Aru Shah, and it's not
Because this is a group read, all my thoughts will be seperated into chapter groups. There will be spoilers that won't have a spoiler tag so use caution!


Chapters 1-7: This gives a solid (yet vaguely info-dumpfy (is that a word???) start to the book. We see some mixed family member relationships (positive with her brother Jun, and perhaps not so positive with her mother) and then some important messenger guy delivers the news the Jun has deserted his Space Army post in search of
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: family estrangement, general scenes of violence (not graphic), and death

This book was so much fun to read! Like with the Aru Shah series, Im always reminded that I genuinely enjoy reading middle-grade novels when I do read them. Theyre always a joy for me to pick up because they dont always have hard stuff in them and, when they do, its framed in a very different way than YA and adult novels.

So, this book was, as I said, a real joy for me.

It follows
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2019-arcs
A super fun and adventure filled book that any middle grade (and older) person will enjoy. I was honestly so happy when I heard about this book and my heart was literally jumping out of me because ASIAN REP IN MIDDLE GRADE, I'M LIVIN!! Also, the plotting, the character development, the writing and everything was honestly phenomenal. It taught important lessons, and like all books from the RRP series - with great humor that made me reminisce my younger years of reading uncle Rick's books.

This is the first time that I read a Korean mythology.
Though the book was not up-to what I expected, I'm not totally unsatisfied.
To be honest, the only reason that I selected this book because it said "Rick riordon presents".
Bogi Takács
One of my favorite YA/MG books of 2019:
Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library
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Yoon Ha Lee is an American science fiction writer born on January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas. His first published story, The Hundredth Question, appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1999; since then, over two dozen further stories have appeared. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ...more

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“Then why did you lead us into a trap?” “I wanted the crew to think I was still one of them, rather than abandoning them for my sister,” Jun said. “I thought it would give me more control of the situation so I could protect you.” Protect you. That sounded like the Jun I knew. “Thank you,” I said softly. “Besides, you did need shelter. Cadet Sujin isn’t looking so great. You don’t want them to come down sick, not on this planet.” I winced, hoping we’d all avoid the plague like, well, the plague. “I was going to help you escape eventually,” Jun went on, “but you did it before I could.” “I didn’t want to stick around to be meat for the captain’s quest,” I retorted. Jun’s rueful smile flickered so quickly I almost wasn’t sure I’d glimpsed it. “If I’d really wanted to hand you over to him,” he said, “I wouldn’t” 0 likes
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