The Tea Dragon series has been one of my favorite graphic novel series ever. Talk about a series which knows how to use its gorgeous and expansive panels. With story lines and color schemes that feel like a warm hug. This latest installment, The Tea Dragon Tapestry, is no different. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.
Told with the same care and charm as the previous installments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The conclusion of the Tea Dragon series is just as perfect as it was when it started. All of the artwork feels whimsical and magical. With a gorgeous color scheme which screamed fall to me, I fell headfirst into The Tea Dragon Tapestry. It feels like being back with your favorite friends. I will never get over how gorgeous the illustration and color work is throughout this entire series.
What I also loved about The Tea Dragon Tapestry was that it’s all about change. About that moment when we realize that who we used to be, isn’t who we are now. That pivotal realization can be scary and letting go of that person, those dreams, those relationships, that life, can stop people entirely. There’s also the fear of dreams, what it means to go after a dream – and the real possibilities of losing it.
All in all, this is a phenomenal series finale to one of my favorite middle grade graphic novel series. I want to grab enamel pins for this series because they just always seem to save my mood and it’s a series I like to go back and re-read!
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