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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The East Asian culture and action are what I liked most about it. Fary ...more
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.
- The Dragon Warrio ...more
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
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
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
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 some wild ...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
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
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
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
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
This book. I just. Where do I start?
So I’ve been doing a lot of research for my own writing, and figured one of the best ways to view and deconstruct what goes into a fantasy is via middle grade. The world building is always on point and the writing style is usually very accessible.
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao is easily one of the most fun, emotional, and engaging fantasies, let alone middle grade books, I’ve picked up this year.
The four central characters all have thei ...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
Overall: I loved this novel. I thought it was such an amazing MG Fantasy novel, and I am so glad that Katie was able to tell stories about her heritage and culture and seamlessly make that mythical world come to life in modern day USA. This book made me feel like the deities were real, and we just haven't been blessed enough to interact with them. Or maybe, they are just mad at us for not praying to the ...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 lives with her brother, Alex, and Ye Ye (grandpa) ...more