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The Fallen Hero

(The Dragon Warrior #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  44 reviews
This Chinese mythology-inspired middle-grade fantasy series continues as heroine Faryn Liu embarks on a quest to save her brother and defeat the demons--perfect for fans of the Aru Shah and Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books.

Faryn Liu thought she was the Heaven Breaker, a warrior destined to wield the all-powerful spear Fenghuang, command dragons, and defeat demons. Bu
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
(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,
Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Sara (lyrical.reads)
[ 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 ♡
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
Ms. Yingling
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
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
Paige Green
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiffany Martin
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-time, vibez
!!! 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
Claire Lovegood
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
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
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn Fletcher
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Faryn has lost everything. Her grandfather died in a demon attack, her father lost his memories, her friend died trying to save her, and her brother, Alex, betrayed her and is siding with the gods in the destruction of all humankind. Not only that, but Faryn, who’d thought she was the Heaven Breaker, destined to save the world, lost her identity and her weapon to her brother. Now, she’s just trying to live in New York, hoping to somehow restore her father’s memories and bring back a semblance of ...more
Beth Mendelsohn
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Faryn Liu is back in New York’s Chinatown about six months after the betrayal of her brother Alex in The Dragon Warrior. The gods are still threatening war and Faryn and Ren, along with New Order warriors Jordan and Ashley, must journey to find support for humanity. Their quest takes them to the Monkey King who sends them to Diyu, the Underworld, to retrieve a powerful weapon to aid them in battle. To
Miko Lee
Due to library availability I mistakenly started with the second book in this series. The first chapter is full of detailed exposition that can be a bit muddy. But then it takes off. An entertaining fantasy novel for an 8-10 year old. Monkey King meets A Wrinkle in Time as the lead warrior girl Faryn goes on a quest to find her father and brother and save the world. Many traditional Chinese gods and goddesses play a part. Some sections downright goofy. I chortled when Kuan Yin looked in a mirror ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming from the dragon warrior where Faryn learns that she’s no longer the heaven breaker gives more depth to the story more than I can ever think of. We are all so accustomed of the protagonists finally finding their strengths and fulfilling their destiny. But what if you are no longer the one whom everyone branded you to be?

It is amazing how this middle grade fantasy book was able to convey a very much important lesson of not only finding oneself but also strongly believing that you can forge
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series, the characters are easy to follow and the author gives you enough backstory if you have forgotten what happened to them in the first book. Faryn and Ren are now guests of the “New Order” in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Just as they are trying to settle in, the Gods send a new quest.. The Elder of the New Order has a vision that Faryn must lead the quest for it to succeed. She must battle the New Order apprentices to see who will be tasked with the quest. Will Faryn be ...more
(I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.)

The Fallen Hero successfully delivers the same action-packed, witty, goodness that made me fall in love with this series in the first place. It emphasizes the value of family, celebrating your individuality, and becoming your own hero.

Full, in-depth review can be read on my blog!
Kim J.  Wolters
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Fallen Hero continues where The Dragon Warrior left off, throwing the reader immediately in a fight scene. The heroes have joined The New Order in Chinatown, Manhattan, where they are trained into better warriors. Here they meet the outcasts Ashley and Jordan who will follow along on a new epic quest, given by their old friend Erlang Shen.

The sequel follows a similar route like the first part, staying true to the quest-trope. However, Faryn is no longer the Chosen One and it's interesting to
Carrie Copa
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second adventure of Faryn captures the same feel of the first book. More is at stake this time, as brother and sister are on opposite sides, but we still get the same balance of humor, tension and action. I like how Faryn adapts to the different challenges thrown her way. And I love any appearance by Ren! We also got to meet a few more gods, which are always entertaining. Katie Zhao has done an excellent job bringing this adventure to life!
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