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Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  91 reviews
When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with th ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Page Street Kids
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3.5 stars

Stronger than a Bronze Dragon features an acrobat warrior girl named Anlei. Her village has been mercilessly attacked by the Ligui, evil spirits, for years, while the emperor refuses to acknowledge their suffering or send aid. All this changes when Viceroy Kang save the village from another Ligui attack with his advanced mechanical dragons.

But in exchange for the viceroy’s further protection, he wants the village’s magical River Pearl and one of the village girls as his bride—Anlei. But
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For the first few chapters, I found the characters to be a little too trope-y, namely, “tough cookie” female and arrogant love interest. However, as I continued reading, I began to see them in a new, more positive light. The little complexities in their characters, particularly their individual motivations an
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Woot woot! Just got an ARC of this and I am thrilled! This cover is beautiful and the synopsis is SO GOOD.
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DRAGONS!! Plus its set in an Asian world. And Mary Fan seems like a popular author. So when my favorite topics came up I knew I had to give it a go...

And I have to say that it annoys me when a title and cover don't really relate to the story. The bronze dragons are incidental world building in the story, which was quite disappointing to me. And a bronze dragon didn't even figure into the story enough for anything or any one to be strong
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
i totally forgot every single dynasty i studied in chinese history class, but hello chinese warrior girls ♥♥♥
julianna ➹
♠️ TABI ♠️
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I will forever be in love with Asian fantasy okay


Maybe it's because there is just SO MUCH complicated history to pull inspiration from. Maybe it's because katanas always gave me heart-eyes as a wee child. Maybe it's because I first saw Mulan and thought "finally a girl I really connect with". Either way, pretty much anything Asian-centric or inspired usually has my entire heart and soul . And while this book didn't get the entirety of that from me like I had hoped, it got pretty close!!
Lili  Marcus
3.5 stars

The Characters: Anlei is undoubtedly one of the most badass heroine I’ve ever encountered. She’s strong not just physically, she’s also strong-willed. She’s focus and really want to achieve what she’s trying to achieve not only for herself, but for her town and family. And by family, it includes avenging her father’s death because of the Ligui (the ghost monsters that antagonize them). I even forgive Anlei for her wishes for the Ligui to attack just so she can have her revenge. The girl
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars, rounded to four because dragons

Anlei's village is under attack from strange ghost monsters—and all seems well when the viceroy swoops in and saves them with his fleet of mechanical dragons. Until he demands the village's famed (and worthless) River Pearl as tribute—and one of the villagers to take as his bride. No one is more surprised than Anlei when he chooses her, and she's dragged to the province's capital to be wed. All bets are off, however, when a mysterious thief steals the Ri
Russ Colchamiro
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon, which is maybe the best book title ever, is another powerhouse from Mary Fan, one of the best YA authors out there today. This book's got romance, vivid descriptions, an amazing heroine, and some totally badass action sequences you won't soon forget. A great book from a great writer. Loved it.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is a story that will leave you shouting from the rooftops. It's a story with a heroine you will fall in love with. She has a noble heart and a passionate sense of determination, even when it lands her squarely in trouble. There's a fire in her soul to do what's right, even when it's not acceptable. While, her journey imparts the importance of support,
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Sounds promising, I love dragons so hopefully this delivers
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it

• It's an Asian-inspired steampunk fantasy

I haven't read many steampunk books but I really enjoyed this reading experience. Inspired from Qin-dynasty China, the world written by Mary Fan sits in between the modern and traditional era where mechanical dragons and arrange marriages coexist. The Asian-inspired setting really made my heart take flight because THIS IS THE CONTENT I SIGNED UP FOR. Stronger than a Bronze Dragon pays homage to Asian culture and I loved it
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

This is a story about Anlei, an acrobat warrior who refused to follow the usual path of girls in her time, but is forced to marry a powerful viceroy in order to save her village.

This book has a slow start but I appreciated it because it provided the backstory which made me understand Anlei more. She's still grieving the loss of her father and she wants to seek revenge. I admire Anlei's character because of the love and dedication that she has for her family and her village. She'll do an
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
When I came across this book on Netgalley the cover immediately drew my attention. A Dragon and the typography of the yellow title. I like. Of course the title mentioning a dragon helped. There are dragons in here, just not quite the way you’d think. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this splendid standalone novel.

This book has everything. It is a strange mixture of steampunk, paranormal, magic, and do I dare say, a touch of mythology. There are air ships, steampunk dragons, pearls gifted by a
Nora Eliana
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“A flying ship, stolen from the viceroy's fleet. A young thief on a fantastical quest. And a decision so wild, I can hardly believe I made it. “

Rating: 3.5 Stars 
Source: Huge thanks to The Royal Polar Bear Reads for hosting an International Blog Tour and Page Street Kids for kindly providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Stronger than a Bronze Dragon and me ... well, we had a rough start. I had trouble connecting to the world and to Anlei (our MC) at the very beginning. But fortunatel
Taasia ✨
I'm a history buff. I'm Chinese. I love both of these separately and together. I'm down.
S.E. Anderson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a massive fan of Mary Fan, who wrote one of my favorite YA SF books of all time, Starswept (see my review!). So when I saw the announcement for this book, I knew I just had to read it. A hero's journey through a fantastical Qing dynasty China, where we have steampunk technology mixed with magic, a lady warrior who wields a dangerous blade... this is the exact book I needed in my life, and it was perfect in every way.

Anlei is one of those fierce Warioress characters who jump out of the page.

Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Page Street Kids through NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

Stronger than a Bronze Dragon hooked me on two keywords. “Dragon” and “thief.” I’m a sucker for books with either of those. The fact that the book is based on Chinese culture was an added bonus. I know nothing and I mean nothing
Kat // Novels & Waffles
"This is what I was born to do: fight evil."

Things I Liked:

✑ Haters-to-Lovers trope with lots of snarky banter (snarky banter always gets me)
✑ Dyslexia Representation!!!
✑ Action, action, and more action! There are a lot of great action sequences + an epic quest to the Courts of Hell
✑ China-inspired fantasy + steampunk elements + robot dragons = the coolest concept ever

Things I Liked... Less:

✑ Clunky conversations and awkward pacing
✑ The fantasy/stea
caitlin ✶
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars


- steampunk GOODNESS

- amazing Chinese-inspired world (I'm actually quite proud of myself because I understood some of the Chinese words used)

- if you're looking for a fun quest story, this is for you!

- though I wouldn't say that the characters are ground-breaking or that we haven't seen them in other adventure/fantasy stories before, they are well-developed and likable


- i felt like the main characters declared their love for each other too quickly, and I think the circumstance

Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So this is the first Mary Fan book I've read. I've come across some reviews of her other books. I now know she is an author to look out for though. This was just, WOW!
The book synopsis and cover sucked me in right away, I just I knew I just had to read it and that I would love it.

This book has everything from steampunk, magic and badass heroine plot twists and amazing world building. Its seriously everything. You have to read this book, like today!! NOW!

You will fall for Anlei and this story in
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
DNF @ 30%
**I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
This really didn't work for me. The story telling felt very clunky. It just seemed several scenes pasted together that seemed like the "highlights" of a book without much time in between scenes to get immersed into the world more or connect with the protagonist. It's frustrating that the protagonist doesn't plan anything on her quest and that she doesn't r
William Herr
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to receive an ARC (advance review copy) from Mary Fan for her new book, Stronger than a Bronze Dragon. The book has not yet hit shelves, but it may be pre-ordered (although the cover has not yet been released on Amazon). Pre-order this book. Do it.

First, this is not genre fiction. It is, but it isn’t. I know genre fiction, and I’ve read it all my life. Such work focuses on established tropes, arranged in hopefully meaningful and original ways, and tells the expected story. Is
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019, arc
Putting this one down for now
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed reading Stronger than a Bronze Dragon. This book is packed with action, a fierce heroine, and a very compelling story.

I really loved the two main characters, Anlei and Tai. Anlei was such a treasure to read about; she's loyal to her family and village almost to a fault, restless, and always leaps to the occasion whenever she has a chance to, even if she knows it'll get her in trouble. I admire her bravery and sense of duty so much. Like, girl never rests throughout the entire
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
As soon as I saw the word "dragon" in the title of this book, I added it to my tbr. Luckily, it still looked interesting after I actually read the summary. Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon turned out to be a refreshing and unique fantasy story with some steampunk elements.

I loved the world-building. Fan created a fantastic world and I loved finding out new tidbits about it throughout the story. I was left with a few remaining questions but for a YA novel, the world-building was pretty good. The ch
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
have to say it was very refreshing to read this book. I love fantasy and I quite enjoy reading Europe/Western inspired fantasy but reading one that is Asian inspired, it gives you so many new things and this book did just that. I adored the vibes this Asian inspired, steampunk mixed with magic story gave me. It kept me on turning the pages and it kept on my toes to see what is going to happen. There were a couple of elements that were predictable but I was ultimately fine with it, it served a p ...more
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I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley from Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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KayCee K
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Stronger than a Bronze Dragon we follow Anlei and her village. We know that she wants to do what's best not only for her family but also her village. We learn what she's willing to do to keep her home safe.

I love the mechanical dragons, that's something I've hardly read about and it's very different, pulled me in. Anlei is strong & moving characters, but my favorite characters were Tai; he was funny, witty and made the story fell fuller. I have to say that Mary Fan's writing was my all t
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Mary Fan is a YA and SFF author hailing from Jersey City. Her books include STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON (YA steampunk fantasy, Page Street Publishing), the STARSWEPT series (YA sci-fi, Snowy Wings Publishing), the FATED STARS series (YA fantasy, Snowy Wings Publishing), the FLYNN NIGHTSIDER series (YA dark fantasy, Crazy 8 Press), and the JANE COLT trilogy (space adventure, Red Adept Publishing) ...more