Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Series: Thousand Worlds #1
Published by Disney Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents on January 15, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Space Opera
Pages: 312
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Buy: Amazon | Goodreads
RATING: five-stars
Also in this series: Tiger Honor

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD MIN comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.

Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.




Get ready to discover the Thousand Worlds


Today on the blog, we are sharing our Dragon Pearl review. Dragon Pearl is a middle grade space opera written by Yoon Ha Lee. It is the first book in the author’s Thousand Worlds series with Disney Hyperion and Rick Riordan Presents.


What a fabulous book!

In her quest to find out what happened to her brother, Min discovers more about herself and the world. From dodging space pirates to investigating a mystery, Min shows bravery, cunning, and a real desire to effect change and uncover truth.

Though I do not always read middle grade, I always enjoy a good book. This was a delightfully fun read.


Filled with a lot of action, adventure, and plenty of heart, Dragon Pearl is space opera at its finest.

If you love Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Korean Mythology, you will love this book. Min is just the right amount of troublesome and heartfelt, with a good dose of courage and healthy plate full of family devotion.

Absolutely loved reading this one.




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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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