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The Tea Dragon Society: 08/18/21

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill is the start of a three book fantasy series somewhere between graphic novel and picture book about people who raise dragons for their tea. More broadly it's about found family and learning to live and thrive within your own limitations.

Greta is a blacksmith apprentice who isn't sure blacksmithing is her calling. Rather, learning how to make weapons in a time of peace seems strange to her. On her way to town she finds a lost tea dragon who leads her to a cottage and the two remaining members of a the Tea Dragon Society.

The Tea Dragon Society is a quiet book and a quick read. But it's one that should be savored. There's a lot packed into this short, beautifully illustrated volume.

For tea fans, the back of book has information about various tea types and their corresponding dragons.

Volume one is situated on the road narrative spectrum. Greta is a scarecrow in that she is a protective character (99). Her journey is to uhoria (CC) as she both contemplates her future, helps Minette manage her memories, and learns about Hesekiel and Erik's past. Her route is the Blue Highway (33), or in this case the paved road from her home, the village, and the Tea Dragon Society. Summarized the theme is about a scarecrow going to uhoria via the Blue Highway (99CC33).

The second book is The Tea Dragon Festival (2019).

Five stars

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