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Sneak Peek Sunday: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

Hi, everyone! It has been a little bit of time hasn’t it? But I’m here to bring you a review of a book!! I know!! A book review! Today I’ll be discussing Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan.

****Thank you to Page Street Kids for providing a copy for review. This has no influence how I read and reviewed this book.

Title: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon

Title: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon

Author: Mary Fan

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Expected release: 11 June 19

My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars

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 the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

To start off this review, I want to say how excited I was to receive an email asking me to review this book. It seemed like just the book I was looking for — Chinese rep, dragons (!!!), a warrior female MC, DRAGONS! I have been keeping an eye out for many books featuring APIDA characters, and this one was on that list.

When I started reading the book, it was a bit slow. I was still getting used to the world and trying to figure out its rules, and I wasn’t connecting with Anlei as much as I would have liked to. This isn’t a fault to the book itself, and I think that Anlei was a well-written character; she just wasn’t my cup of tea.

In general, the plot felt like it needed a little more build up to the main points. It felt like BAM! Plot point! and then it kind of plateaued until the next one. I did enjoy the characterization and wit between Anlei and Tai, but it can only go so far in terms of plot movement.

This setting is a mix of Qing dynasty and steampunk which is a combination I wouldn’t have thought of, but I liked. It was interesting to see what Fan would keep and what she would do without in terms of both steampunk and Qing dynasty. To be honest, I don’t remember much from my (brief) history lesson on the Qing dynasty, but I like that Fan kept it pretty simple in general. The war machines were fantastic though!

Overall, this was a decent read. I would recommend it to people who enjoy enemies-to-lovers trope, APIDA representation, and/or fiercely loyal characters.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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