Sun Dragon’s Song #1 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda
I received this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
More than anything, young Ho Yi wishes to become a Sun Dragon Rider, the courageous human guardians of the magnificent beasts that roam the sky and keep watch over the land. But confined to crutches, bullies giving him a hard time, and his parents being away at war, Yo Hi is up against almost impossible odds! Can he still keep hope alive, while suffering in his tiny village, to become the valiant hero only he feels he’s destined to become?
This is just a beginning of a story and it felt more like a prologue, a fast introduction to the world and some characters, but it all felt a bit vague and even chaotic.
What did I like?
- Dragons that looked like these mythical Chinese ones, plus they were apparently eating some kind of crystals – a cool idea.
- At some point there was a mentioning of a song that supposed to carry magic, I’d love to read more about it because it was very vague.
- The setting – I like stories set in Asian-like setting, add to that a bit of magic or fantastic creatures and I’m in.
What didn’t I like?
- The graphic – unfortunately I wasn’t impressed with this style, it felt unfinished
- Rushed story – too much happened in very short time, I wish there was a bit more to this story because it felt like a book for a three-year-old – a child with too little patience to read.
At one point we’ve got a lonely boy bullied by some other kid, next he’s feeding dragons and we don’t really know how he got there and why then there’s something about war and his parents coming home… yea, well… too much in too little time.
- We don’t really find out anything about the characters except that the kid wants to become a Dragon Rider.
To sum it up, I liked the idea and the setting, but I think if the story was a bit longer it would allow for the story to unfold and the characters to grow. Maybe it is a nice story for small children and maybe next parts will present us with some explanations, structured plot, but for now I can’t say I’ll be waiting for continuation.
Have you read this story?
What were your thoughts?