The Dragon Path by Ethan Young. Scholastic, 2021. 9781338363302
Format: ARC (5/21 pub date)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Young Prince Sing is traveling with his family, the Wong Clan, as they seek to reclaim Old Land, their ancestral home. They must take the treacherous Dragon Path, which is ruled by the Dragon Tribe, a clan of slobbering evil dragon people. When the Wong Clan is betrayed by one of their own and ensnared in a trap set by the Dragon Tribe, all seems lost. No one expects the young prince to have the key to their rescue.
This is a dramatic folkloric-like fantasy with steampunk trappings – the Wong Clan travels in a vehicle reminiscent of Mad Max’s giant truck, but with sleeping quarters and details of a 19th century Chinese house. There are deceptions, epic battles, a magical orb, and allusions to political hostilities that go back generations, not to mention a giant magical unicorn cat named Midnight. The political feud between clans may go over some readers’ heads, but the battles and Sing’s stay with a Mystic make for great drama. Prince Sing cannot be older than 12, but he is wiser than his years. Kids will cheer as he saves the clan. The art is beautiful, even in the black and white of the uncorrected proof.
Anything you didn’t like about it? no
To whom would you recommend this book? For graphic fantasy lovers, ages 10-14.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 5, 2021