The Dragon Warrior
Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon--and helps defeat it. She just ...more
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Beyond the mythology, Faryn's story is a story about seeing people for who they are rather than what they ...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 t ...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 ...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 th...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? And with a mi ...more
So, bearing in mind that I'm a Chinese-American but not MG reader, I quite liked this and I think my younger self would've liked it even more. The plot is a little formulaic, several of the reveals are fairly tropey, and the in-text translations felt clunky — but in the MG context, all of these could also be considered strengths.
It's rich in Chinese mythology, on a level that I think most young readers will be able to understand and appreciate. (And the glossary at the back will probabl ...more
reading about my culture so fleshed out in a book?
the best feeling ever.
The Dragon Warrior started off with the Lunar New Year celebrations and decorations and I was sold immediately. Diving into this familiar scene that I experience every single year made the book so close to my heart. As a consistent YA book reader, I totally forgot Faryn and the rest of the characters are young teenagers. I even found myself yelling at one of the teenagers at how childish and immature th ...more
I am so incredibly happy and lucky that a book like this exists and I can see it on bookshelves. Katie Zhao is great with words and the reader can tell how proud she is of her heritage. As a Vietnamese-Chinese American, I feel the same struggles as the main character where I'm not Vietnamese enough for Vietnamese people, I'm not Chinese enough for Chinese people, and I'm not American enough for American people. It's hard to live with. Despite it being a middle grade book, Zhao's writing put a lo ...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 readers. I f ...more
It makes me laugh until I cry, and ...more
That being said, I think the intended MG audience will eat this up. Something fun and unique happens in every chapter, and there are - of course - dragons! The most important ingredient in a good book! The battle sequences are sure to entertain young readers and the magic of t ...more
In a lot of ways, this book felt like an Asian version of Percy Jackson. I don’t want to compare every mythology-based middle grade to Percy Jackson, but this really did remind me of it. 12-year old Faryn and her brother Alex are trying to command an army of dragons to defeat demons, and they have to do so before the Lunar New Year. Faryn is super fierce and brave but also very compassionate, and I ...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
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
3/25/21: 3 stars. This is a middle grade story about a Chinese diaspora warrior heroine who has to save her people from demons while talking to the gods. So here's the thing. This book had a 4 or even 5 star story. One of the best stories of this type (the Percy Jac ...more