Wednesday, July 10, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Tea Dragon Festival By Katie O'Neill

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The Tea Dragon Festival By Katie O'Neill
Publisher: Oni Press
Release Date: September 17th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 

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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.

I haven't read The Tea Dragon Society yet, but I definitely will after reading this companion graphic novel by Katie O'Neill. I think if you loved The Tea Dragon Society you will love this one, but if you are like me and haven't read the first one, I think you will also enjoy it. I didn't find it hard to follow at all, it has a complete story that you can follow without having read the first one.
The art in this is so beautiful! It's exactly what you would expect to find from O'Neill if you are familiar with her work. I loved Aquicorn Cove, and this book has that same wonderful feel to the art. The colors are so vibrant and have such rich hues. It's fantastic.
The story is really cute in this one too! It's a lot about community and how everyone in this little town is happy to help each other out. I loved the friendship between Rinn and Aedhann, and how they bond on not really knowing where their place is in the world.
This story was also cool because of the diversity in it! It's really great to see fantasy worlds looking similar to the world around us. (AKA, not everyone is Lily White). Also one of the villagers uses sign language, and I don't think I have ever seen that used in a graphic novel before. 
If you are a fan of Katie O'Neill I HIGHLY recommend this one.
*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Many thanks to Oni Press for sending me an eARC via Netgalley for my honest review! Quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may not match final publication. 
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