Paper Dragons

Paper Dragons
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March 05, 2024
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An outsider in her village above the cloud sea, 12-year-old orphan Yeung Zhi Ging’s only hope of escape is to win the single invitation to train as a Silhouette: an apprentice to the immortals. After her ill-fated attempt to impress the Silhouette scout leads to a dragon attack on the jade mountain, Zhi Ging is sure that her chances, and her life, are over. But the scout spots her potential and offers her protection and a second chance. She’s in.
In her lessons in Hok Woh, the underwater realm of the immortals, Zhi Ging must face the challenging trials set by her teachers to prove that she’s worthy of being a Silhouette—despite her rivals' attempts to sabotage her. But as Zhi Ging’s power grows, so do the rumours of the return of the Fui Gwai, an evil spirit that turns people into grey-eyed thralls.
When the impossible happens and the Fui Gwai attack the Silhouettes, can Zhi Ging use her newly uncovered talents to save her friends and the world beyond? Or will the grey-eyed spirit consume them all?

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Paper Dragons follows a predictable story structure for middle-grade fantasy. This formula is perfect for younger audiences. There were engaging elements such as a young main character who has a lot of potential but needs to learn it. You have a bully that the main character needs to deal with, and always with grace. You have quirky friends who bring out the best in the main character and create an unbreakable bond. Then finally there is a conflict that they must overcome.

What left me wanting more: I wish there had been more time taken by the author to set up the setting and explain the setup of the world. I highly recommend reading the book summary for important information that is not found otherwise within the story. Not having some of this key information within the book hurt the flow of the book and made me feel lost at times about what was happening and why.

Who I Recommend This For: I think the book will have the most impact and enjoyment with Middle-Grade audiences. I do wish it had the same flow as Amari, Battle Dragons, Prince of Nowhere, etc. that would help it appeal to older audiences.

*Listened to an advanced copy from Penguin Random House – Overall, I would not recommend this audiobook for younger audiences because it may lead to confusion if not listened to carefully. I think this would be better enjoyed as a physical read where readers can take their time to enjoy it.
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