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The Fallen Hero

(The Dragon Warrior #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warrior destined to wield the all-powerful spear Fenghuang, command dragons, and defeat demons. But a conniving goddess was manipulating her all along...and her beloved younger brother, Alex, has betrayed her and taken over as the Heaven Breaker instead. Alex never forgave the people who treated him and Faryn like outcasts, a ...more
Published October 13th 2020 by Bloomsbury USA Kids
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond.

Heck yeah! It's so satisfying to read a sequel that not only holds a candle to its first book but also gives us more Chinese mythology, more action, and more human vs god shenanigans. I had so much fun reading this!

- Takes place six months after the events of The Dragon Warrior; Faryn has joined a group of warriors based in Manhattan Chinatown and is sent on another quest to as the impending war with the gods looms closer, whilst grappling wit
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
october 13 hasn't arrive yet but i already need book three.
i want it!!!!!

Thank you NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

check out the review on my blog!

Looking for a book filled with adventure, Chinese mythology, witty conversations, and most importantly, references to yummy goodness (e.g., bubble tea, pocky, choco pie)? The Fallen Hero is your answer. I could personally relate to one of the characters who mused “No bubble tea. Ha. As if any soul could survive in
Belles Middle Grade Library
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wowza! This was even better than the 1st! This grabbed hold of me, & wouldn’t let go. I flew through this. Can’t say much since it’s the 2nd book, but I’m in love w/this series! This is filled w/even more Chinese mythology, & I learned even more about it.

There are things going on that still connect to aspects of book 1, but instead of the focus being the Lunar New Year, the focus in this is the Hungry Ghost Festival, & a whole new quest of course during it. Everything is more intense & on a who
Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
Katie Zhao captured my heart with her debut novel which perfectly encapsulated the diaspora experience, and I was ecstatic to find that her sophomore novel did not disappoint!

Filled with touching family moments and immersive writing, The Fallen Hero is a showstopping novel that explores themes of identity, friendship, and courage. I truly wish I had a story like this to read when I was growing up because Katie’s writing touches the heart of every immigrant and child of diaspora.

The Fallen Hero
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Fallen Hero is a sequel that only explores even more deeply the themes I loved about The Dragon Warrior: our sense of family, our role in the world of gods and humans, and searching for a purpose. It's a story that asks us what we will sacrifice for the greater good, for a calling that demands a price. Grappling with issues of belonging, The Fallen Hero, like it's name suggests,
Sara (lyrical.reads)
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
[ 4🌟 ]

Content Warnings: abandonment, violence (battle context)

*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour. This does not affect my honest review.

I read The Fallen Hero after rereading The Dragon Warrior (I read it more than a year ago—my memory isn’t that great😔), and let me tell you, I flew through this sequel.

Like in The Dragon Warrior, I really loved how The Fallen Hero delves into the complexities of
chloe yeung ♡
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

4.5 stars

last year, i read and LOVED the dragon warrior, and the fallen hero, packed to the brim with elements of chinese folklore, heartwarming moments, and brilliant jokes, was just as amazing! katie zhao’s writing really never fails to impress ❤

there are so many things i absolutely adored about this book:

• growing up, the monkey king legend (also known as journey to the west 西遊記) was a large
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review. The Dragon Warrior is perhaps one of my favorite middle-grade novels of all time - it was a definite favorite from 2019, and it left me with so many questions (along with a need for more). The Fallen Hero is the sequel to The Dragon Warrior, jumping right in. Zhao left the story with Faryn not being too k ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Children's Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Fallen Hero picks up where The Dragon Warrior left off before a six month time skip. We find Faryn and Ren training with the New Order in Manhattan's Chinatown after the events of the first book, and they are about to embark on another quest to save the world from the gods who have turned their backs on humans.

I loved the first book, and knew that I would love the sequel as
Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for giving me the opportunity to read an eARC of The Fallen Hero in exchange for an honest review.

First, if you’re wondering about my thoughts on the first book in The Dragon Warrior series, check out my review here. I’m very happy to say that this sequel did not disappoint. Just as a warning, this review will include spoilers for The Dragon Warrior.

The Fallen Hero picks up a few months after the events of The Dragon Warrior. Faryn and Ren a
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was so disappointing. The first book was so enjoyable, and this sequel matched nearly every single important story beat of its predecessor:
- the heroine is at odds with another female character
- said female character gets left behind somehow
- a male deity betrays the main party
There have been so many betrayals that at this point they're to be expected.

Also, when I started reading this, there was a clearly established six month time skip from the end of the previous book. I felt like I miss
Ms. Yingling
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley
After The Dragon Warrior, there was no doubt that there had to be a sequel, and I suspect there will at least be one more volume in this series.

I like the characters and the rich background of Chinese demons and dragons, but my fantasy amnesia (or the 95 degree day on which I read this) kicked in, and I am at a loss to provide details. Dragons are popular in my library right now, so I will purchase this, but wish that there were fantasy books that did NOT come in seri
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Fallen Hero

Author: Katie Zhao

Book Series: The Dragon Warrior Book 2

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Half Chinese main character, Half Chinese and Chinese side characters.

Recommended For...: mg fantasy, Chinese mythology

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (violence, slight gore)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Kids

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warri
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
There's been a slew of fantasy based on cultural mythology published in the last year or so, and so much of it is so darn serious. Downright dark and broody. This tale is anything but.

I had a fun time reading this one, and the author's note at the beginning, "This is cheesy as heck," encouraged us to not take it quite so seriously.

It continues Faryn's fight against the Jade Emperor, and her angst over her adopted brother Alex's choice to become the Emperor's General and lead his forces against h
Tiffany Martin
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faryn, former Heaven Breaker, accompanied by a few fellow warriors from the New Order, & her half-dragon friend Ren, set out to prevent a war & save her traitor brother. But to do that, they need The Monkey King’s help & his weapon, the Ruyi Jingu Bang. But enlisting his help means going to the Underworld to get his weapon back. Can she do it in time and save her brother?

This was a wonderful sequel in an awesome middle grade fantasy action adventure! Faryn Liu is an endearing, admirable characte
Marissa Grossman
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Faryn has been regrouping and training for six months with the warriors of the New Order while she waits for more news about the imminent war between gods and humans. However, soon her waiting is over when some of the rebel gods send her and some new frienemies on a quest to recruit another ally to the cause. On this quest, the chosen warriors will have to go to the lowest depths they can possibly go to be able to ensure this ally will join their cause by the end of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Th ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
!!! The Dragon Warrior was good but The Fallen Hero was just so much better!

There were angsty moments (Katie plz stop torturing Faryn 😢), new characters, iconic old characters returning, more powerful weapons, more Chinese mythology, spirits, lines that had me d y i n g, dragons, sacrifices because it wouldn't be a Dragon Warrior book without them, and plot twists. And of course, a cliffhanger ending to make me suffer in the long wait for book 3.

🧧my spotify playlist for this series:
dragon warrio
Emperor Katie
I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, I didn’t think the plot was quite as good, but this was still a very good book. The characters continued to develop, the plot was still interesting, and I love the mythology. 4.5
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Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books through NetGalley.
The adventures continue as Falun faces a new quest to defeat the gods. She meets new friends who join together on a journey that takes them from the Monkey King's home to Diyu (the underworld). She must confront her brother and acknowledge that she cannot change his path. After returning from the quest, she is able to restore her father's memories and reunite with him. The ending hints at the next book's adventur
If I could go back in time and gift my middle school self one series, it would have to be The Dragon Warrior series by Katie Zhao. Full of wit, humor, heart, The Fallen Hero is a love letter both to the Chinese diaspora and to the young adults who needed books like these growing up (including myself).

An outcast for the majority of her life, Faryn is a compelling protagonist whose strength comes from her love of her family and her own moral compass. Because of her multiracial background, she was
The Fallen Hero follows Faryn and her friends in a quest to save the world (again). Along the way, she reunites with old friends, meets new deities (and demons), and grows so much. Once again, Katie Zhao delivers an action-packed story with the perfect heartwarming moments and best jokes. This is such a thoughtful and nuanced series, at its core a story about family.

To say I was excited to read this series, it’s an understatement. So many twitter friends have loved it and it has some of my favor
Jason Liu
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my childhood, I watched a cartoon known as “Journey to the West: Legends of the Monkey King.” So, I’m sad to say that I forgotten about my love for that show until I discovered Katie Zhao’s Dragon Warrior. Therefore, I want to say that the sequel to the Dragon Warrior does not disappoint! The Fallen Hero is a brilliant sequel with sibling bonding (good and bad!), scary demons, treacherous and loyal gods, amazing ancestral spirits, and one favorite trickster! A particular set of siblings are m ...more
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I didn't like this installment quite as much as the previous one, but I still enjoyed it! I'm glad we got to see one of the old characters again. The Panda Express scene was one of my favorites (I'm using "colonizers" as an insult now) as well as the mirrors one. On the characters: I liked Ren and Jordan, but Faryn seemed a little insensitive (especially when Jordan and Ashley were reunited with someone) and Ashley came across as verbally abusive even though being assertive was part of her perso ...more
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans Of Percy Jackson
Recommended to Dragons*4ever by: Definite Book_Worm
4 Stars: 😀
Determined to prevent the war her brother Alex is provoking, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu and her half-dragon friend, Ren, seek help from the New Order, warriors based in Manhattan's Chinatown, and from the Monkey King.

This book was a great joy to read! This book had all my favorite elements and it immediately drew me to the story sucking me into the world. The New Order were a group of people preparing to rebel against the Jade Emperors plan. To become a part of
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/12/2020 3.5 stars. Full review tk at

10/13/2020 The Fallen Hero continues the epic drama of The Dragon Warrior series as Faryn tries to find her place with the New Order based out of Manhattan's Chinatown, only to discover that the gods aren't done with her yet.

Still reeling from her younger brother's decision from the end of her last quest for the gods, while working through her feelings regarding a father who has no memory of who she is, Faryn is having a hard enou
Patricia Lim
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is part of the review I have done.

The Fallen Hero is set months after the end of The Dragon Warrior. Faryn stays with her friend in the New Society and trains together with the warriors. Life is not easy since they are outsiders. Worse, her traitor of a brother has changed for the worse. The Hungry Ghost Festival is near. It allows the spirit of the ancestors to commune with their survivin
Becky B
As the Hungry Ghost Festival nears, Faryn and Ren's time with the New Order in New York's Chinatown comes to an end. Ren is going to go train with the dragons so he can better control his skills. And Faryn is being sent on another quest, this time with Ashley and Jordan, who aren't her biggest fans. She's been reluctant to speak about how she ended up in the New Order, so Ashley and Jordan have no idea what she's been through. They also have no idea just how hard a quest can be. But as the world ...more
Kathryn Fletcher
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faryn is reeling from her brother’s betrayal. She feels shunned by the New Order people because one of their own died saving her. Her own father has no memory of her. Things couldn’t get much worse. Could they?
Of course they can!
The gods are ready for an all out war amongst themselves, which will not be very good for the mere humans that will get caught between the two factions.
Faryn must do all that she can to stop this war, save her brother from himself, and find a way to get her father’s memo
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Six months since her disastrous quest, Faryn Liu is struggling to adjust to life in the New York City Chinatown's New Order, figure out a way to reconcile with her traitor brother, and restore her lost father's memories. But now she and the two New Order misfits, siblings Jordan and Ashley, are sent on a quest to save the world from the Jade Emperor during the Hungry Ghost Festival. When the quest leads the young war
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