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Review: The Tea Dragon Society & The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

If you’ve been following me on Goodreads, you will see that a few months ago I read The Tea Dragon Society and adored it. So I was so elated when I received word I was able to read the sequel (or pseudo companion novel) The Tea Dragon Festival.

For those who haven’t seen, I’ll just show you my review for The Tea Dragon Society which you definitely should pick up if you haven’t already. It’s beyond cute, but not necessary to enjoy and love The Tea Dragon Festival!

The Tea Dragon Society

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society is whimsical, compassionate, and heartfelt. There are adorable tea dragons, characters with love in their eyes and generosity in their hearts. The story is so tender and gentle. It will warm your heart with it’s kindness and sheer emotion. Plus the after material with information about the society is so lovely.

The Tea Dragon Festival

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Tea Dragon Festival is as adorable and whimsical as The Tea Dragon Society. We have the same drawing style which is charming, colorful, and wonderfully fantastical. The story line is connected through Erik, which is why you can read this without needing to read The Tea Dragon Society first. And The Tea Dragon Festival gives us the opportunity to learn more about the tea dragons. They are as adorable as ever, gentle mannered, but loving affection.

The Tea Dragon Festival is wonderfully inclusive, featuring deaf, nonbinary, POC, and queer characters all over the world. It not only provides a beacon of shining light, warmth, and positivity, but also a story that will charm you on multiple levels. It’s about living a life with compassion, using kindness instead of force, finding home and companionship and sharing memories.

Find The Tea Dragon Festival on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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