Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee (Review)

I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the author, publisher, or publicist. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.

Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Series: Thousand Worlds #2
Published by Disney Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents on January 4, 2022
Genres: Middle Grade, Space Opera
Pages: 256
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
Source: Amazon Purchase, Publisher
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RATING: four-half-stars
Also in this series: Dragon Pearl

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's companion to the best-selling and award-winning DRAGON PEARL, another space opera inspired by Korean mythology, this time told from the point of view of a nonbinary tiger spirit.

"A zesty mix of Korean folklore, magic, and science fiction that will leave you longing for more adventures in the Thousand Worlds!"--Rick Riordan, intro to DRAGON PEARL

"With crisp dialogue, a winning protagonist and a propulsive plot, this tale is enormously entertaining."--New York Times Book Review of DRAGON PEARL

Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces and, like their Uncle Hwan, captain a battle cruiser someday. But when Sebin's acceptance letter finally arrives, it's accompanied by the shocking news that Hwan has been declared a traitor. Apparently the captain abandoned his duty to steal a magical artifact, the Dragon Pearl, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Sebin hopes to help clear their hero's name and restore honor to the clan.

Nothing goes according to plan, however. As soon as Sebin arrives for orientation, they are met by a special investigator named Yi and Yi's assistant, a girl named Min. Yi informs Sebin that they must immediately report to the ship Haetae and await further instructions. Sebin finds this highly unusual, but soon all protocol is forgotten when there's an explosion on the ship, the crew is knocked out, and the communication system goes down. It's up to Sebin, three other cadets, and Yi and Min to determine who is sabotaging the battle cruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all...




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Review by Deanna

In Tiger Honor, the second book in the Thousands Worlds series, author Yoon Ha Lee introduces readers to Sebin, the nephew of Captain Hwan from the first book, Dragon Pearl. Since events in Dragon Pearl play a pivotal role in this book, I recommend reading this series in order. But if you haven’t read that first book, this book, in my opinion, could still be enjoyed as a standalone.

Sebin is a thirteen-year-old tiger shifter who dreams of joining the Space Force and following in his uncle Hwan’s footsteps. Though young Sebin does not know his uncle as well as he thinks, or the rest of his family, he is excited about getting his letter to join the organization as a training Cadet. But to be allowed to join, he must swear a blood oath to always put family first, as that is his family’s way.

Joining the Space Force does not go as planned for Sebin. He quickly learns that family is often complicated, and our family dynamics are rarely ever as simple as we try to make them. To become the Cadet he wants, Sebin has to find the courage and strength within himself to follow his heart and lead with intention. Not an easy thing to do at his age, especially when it comes duty, family, and honor.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read, with fantastic world building and characters. This book further expands our knowledge of the Thousand Worlds, and the many beings who inhabit it.

If you love Korean folklore, spaceships, and delightful storytelling, I highly recommend picking up this book and this series. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and getting to know this vast world is highly entertaining.


Yoon Ha Lee brilliantly turns the tables on DRAGON PEARL in another unputdownable sci-fi adventure about what honor really means.

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About Yoon Ha Lee

Yoon Ha Lee (yoonhalee.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of Dragon Pearl, a companion to this book and winner of the Locus Award and the Mythopoeic Award. He has also published several books for adults, including a standalone fantasy entitled Phoenix Extravagant, and the Machineries of Empire space opera trilogy: Ninefox Gambit, Raven Strategem, and Revenant Gun. Yoon draws inspiration from a variety of sources, e.g. Korean history and mythology, fairy tales, higher mathematics, classic moral dilemmas, and genre fiction. His website can be found at yoonhalee.com and his Twitter handle is @deuceofgears.

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