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The Dragon Egg Princess

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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. Ju
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by HarperCollins
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DNF around 50% :( I liked the premise, but fantasy just isn't my genre. ...more
Celia McMahon
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the arc

As 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
Heidi Heilig
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am SO READY for this book!
Nov 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: dragons, reviewed
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 sketche ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sage (SageShelves)
I loved this book so much it was whimsical and fun and I devoured it in one day because I couldn't put it down. The characters are so fun, and the plot was interesting and complex while still being easy enough to follow for it's target audience. If you like reading middle grade, this is one you should absolutely pick up! ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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 par
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
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-discovery

Mentioned on the blog: Fanticipating Reads of March 2020 | Five Under-Hyped Diverse Books To Look Out For This Month
Bea (Books And Bees of Bea)
This book features diverse characters. Despite it being in a fantasy world, people with different nationalities were shown and were respected by other characters. I think this is important in middle-grade books since it teaches kids to respect everyone despite their nationality and all. Moreover, this book is somewhat based on Korean and/or Japanese folklore if I'm not mistaken. I enjoyed the trip to Kidahara forest and the scenes with the Aquila, Vorax, oni, and other mythical beings. I also en ...more
Sarah Yung
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 ge ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prose
A fascinating world and story told with excellent craft, perfect for its intended audience and beyond. Enjoyable for all ages, but well honed to entrance and delight those early to epic fantasy, wanting better and more.
Rachael Allen
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to read this book! ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellen’s amazing, and I can’t wait for this book!!!
Cat Scully
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to read this book! So excited for it to come out! ...more
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brief thoughts originally published 29 December 2020 at Falling Letters.

The first thing that stood out about this book to me is that it’s set in an uncommon time period for this kind of (secondary world middle grade) fantasy. Joson, the Korean analogue kingdom where the story takes place, seems medieval while other kingdoms have computers and assault rifles. Joson still has magic, though, while those kingdoms do not. The conflict begins when another country wants to destroy the massive magical f
Becky B
For many years the Princess of the Joson has been presumed dead after she disappeared in the Kidahara. Now, a development company from a modern land of technology has arrived with a mind to tear down parts of the Kidahara and build on the land. Jiho comes from a long line of protectors of the Kidahara. He knows that there are dangers in the forest no one can dream of, and the so-called modern developers with their universal translators and trucks with magical enhancements have no idea what they ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 des
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh 256 pages. Harper Collins, 2020 $17 Language: PG (2 swears 0 'f's) Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.



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,
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 30, 2020 added it
Shelves: library-books, dnf
DNF @ Chpt 12 (page 109)

Mediocre middle grade at best.

Anyone who has dealt with kids knows that they don’t accept what they’re told without question even if they love and/or trust you. It seems like the first question kids learn to ask is “why.” There’s none of that here. The pacing is extremely fast which leaves little time for development (in plot, relationships, friendships, danger, etc) so the characters just accept what’s happening without question in order for the plot to move forward.

Lee Födi
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has the all the hallmarks of a good fantasy: heroes to root for, creatures both whimsical and dangerous, and elements of magic . . . and interesting villains. And, just in case it’s not clear from the title: there’s a princess who comes FROM A DRAGON EGG!

What really sets this book apart is its worldbuilding; Korea courses through the bones of this book. I am obviously not from Korea, but I have spent a lot of time there and so many of the people in my life are Korean, so I felt very .
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Shelly Nosbisch
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to read this book when it comes out! ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Change 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
Auryn Maxwell
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. I thought it was going to be more like most of the random dragon books that I read, where the whole world is based off of medieval Europe.
A quick summary (I'll put a spoiler warning because there might be minor spoilers)(view spoiler)
Christine Turner
School Library Journal recommends this book for grades 4 - 7.

"By drawing inspiration from Korean lore and culture, Ellen Oh is helping to reinvigorate the fantasy genre. Readers will love The Dragon Egg Princess for its humor, inventive magic, and thrilling action!" --Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author

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
Joe Kessler
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the #ownvoices Korean mythology that informs this fantasy setting, but even for a middle-grade novel, it all feels disappointingly underdeveloped. The humor is broad, the characters are flat, and the plot never really settles down into any specific stakes threatening the heroes. Generally speaking it's the story of a boy who negates magic and a girl who used to be a dragon as they face FernGully-style evil deforestation and a royal coup, yet most of the events aren't set up particul ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, but not a great one. I enjoyed the beginning, although J fiction is a weird place to find the Jurassic Park/Aliens trope of overconfident explorers thinking they're prepared for something they're definitely not, with deadly results. I enjoyed the characters but I wish it had stuck with the exploration party a little longer, and a little slower because the thread gets lost pretty rapidly once they find the titular princess and descend into battles, magic, fairies and epic confrontati ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. The concept is intriguing, and I have a lot of respect for the author. But i didn't connect with the characters at all--they felt flat. And for all that the book is called "The Dragon Egg Princess" the book is really about Jiho, the boy who is the only one who can save her. The fact that the magical dragon princess needs to be saved by the world's most oridnary boy (literally he nullfies magic) rubs me the wrong way. Of course, Koko could still have been a dyna ...more
2.5 rounded up. Honestly it was cute but did not have much substance. I didn't find much poignancy or depth to the characters or the plot. I feel like it had all the touchstones that make an exciting and rewarding story but it was simply too short to really get dive into each moment. The characters seemed one-dimensional aside from Jiho. I really wish the book was longer because because there simply weren't enough words and pages to get the depth and complexity I was hoping for. I enjoy reading ...more
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Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, and cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. Ori ...more

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