This book could fight its way to the top.

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Fast-paced, exciting and magical, The Dragon Warrior tells the tale from a hidden culture. Katie Zhao, the author of this Chinese diaspora volume weaves a compelling tale of a heroine named Faryn Liu of untold power – and bossiness. She and her motley crew of her brother, her frienemy, and numerous other things they pick up along the way must fight an evil of old – and find her long-lost father. The characters are very well-done, each having motives and sides that they come from. They each have specific roles that they fit into. However, they are sometimes too fixated in place, and character development is kind of lacking, some things are just kinda abrupt and unexplained, or they don’t change at all. Also, there is one spot in the book that they introduce a new character, but first the pronouns used are female, and then they switch to male. This inconsistency not only was annoying, but it distracted me from the new character, and, when they appeared again, later on, I was completely confused as to who they were. Well, until I remembered that there was that one character who switched genders after half a page. There was another thing that I found unclear: all the monsters mentioned in The Dragon Warrior were translated to be in English letters, but when sounded out, be Chinese words. This made it confusing because it was very hard to keep track of all the foreign words, so whenever something was referenced twice, I forgot what it was. There is a glossary, but A) it doesn’t include many of the things mentioned, and B) constantly checking back with the glossary makes the reading much worse and boring. These confusing bits, plus the action, death, and stressful situations, makes this book less-than-ideal for many younger audiences, but above 11 or so and this book is pretty good. It is a good length, 330 pages to be exact (not counting the glossary) and does not get too boring, nor does it drag things on too much. This book features a good heart and standing up for what you believe in, these concepts and characters are uplifting and inspiring. Also, the prominent featuring of Chinese mythology will excite many Rick Riordan fans, making this work make more enticing. This book appears to be the first one of a series, and if so, many readers (Including me) will want to continue to follow Faryn’s story. This book, admittedly, wasn’t the very best, but the mistakes there were largely things that improve over time, so I have a feeling that this series will continue to improve so much as Katie Zhao improves, and the base is already there, this series is one that could be very good and continuously improving with every book and even every page. Considering that this the base of the series, and Katie Zhao’s first books, this was well made and a good start. I am very excited for the next book to see where this series will go. And besides that, this book by itself is still a thrilling story that many will want to experience.