The Dragon Warrior
Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon--and helps defeat i ...more
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Beyond the mythology, Faryn's story is a story about seeing people for who they are rather tha ...more
I feel so honoured to have read this book, which is, very evidently, a book of Katie's heart -and is now of mine.
- Follows Faryn, a 12-year old girl who finds herself to be the foretold Heaven Breaker, a warrior powerful enough to wield a celestial weapon and able to command dragons.
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reading the dragon warrior was the bookish equivalent of having a nice cup of hot milk while snuggling up in warm blankets. it made me feel the warm fuzzies all over, and i’m so excited for the diaspora kids who will get to read this book soon, and be able to relate to faryn and alex’s experiences.
the gods didn’t give me ultimate strength. my friends and family did.
the dragon warrior is a beautifully told story about family, friendship, anddid.theexperiences.theown.4.5 ...more
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? A ...more
Overall 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/> ...more
It makes me laugh until I cry, and ...more
The Dragon Warrior is an action packed middle grade that will make your mouth water. There are sassy characters who will charm you, vulnerable ones who will worm their way into your heart, and moments that will make you smile. It's a story about family, forgiveness, forgiveness and believing in yourself. The Dragon Warrior is perfect for fans of Aru Shah (which is the last middle ...more
I'm so conflicted help
On 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 s/>Ghost ...more
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 ...more
The gods didn't give me ultimate strength. My friends and family did.
This book is basically Chinese Percy Jackson, and I'm not saying this just because it's in the same genre and age group. Like PJO, The Dragon Warrior centers around mythology, but has a modern take on gods and goddesses that portrays them in a less godly light. The prose and dialogue are brimming with sarcasm and actually drew a snicker from me once or twice! And in the same vein as PJO, this book is a quest story:)) ...more
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 make ...more
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 wh ...more
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!!
I don’t want to compare ALL Middle Grade books about kids going on quests to Percy Jackson, but this book truly gives off strong Percy Jackson vibes with its inclusion of gods, quests, and sarcastic humor. (And you know it’s a high honor for me to compare this to Percy Jackson ...more
This was a fast paced book, full of adventure and culture. I thought the author did an amazing job with explaining all the gods/goddesses and the demons. I'm not as familiar with Chinese culture as I would like to be, but I was definitely able to follow this and also learn from it.
Faryn l ...more
Falun (Faryn) Liun and her brother Alex are being raised by their grandfather, Ye Ye, after their father, Ba, a dragon warrior, went missing several years ago. They live in San Francisco's Chinatown, but are not appreciated by the more wealthy members of the Jade Society. The leader, Mao, is openly hostile, as are others, like Wang and Yuhao, who are Faryn's age. Moli. Faryn's former best friend, also ignores her. During Lunar new year, Far ...more
I did really enjoy reading a good old-fashioned riddle quest for the first time in a while! It just also... simultaneously felt like too much information (four main characters, plus a variety of gods with plans beyond mortal knowledge, and demons and other secondary character ...more
Hello, hello. This is the book I have been waiting for all my life. If I could have had one book when I was growing up, it would have to been The Dragon Warrior!
Katie Zhao's debut is godsent.
Thanks to Caffeine Blog Tours for having me on the blog tour. Stay tuned for my review on Oct 11!