Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl

  • Author: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Published: January 15th, 2019
  • Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
  • Rating: 5/5

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Goodreads synopsis:

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who 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.

This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

My thoughts 

What can I say other than I really loved and enjoyed this book and I want everyone to read it!  When I read the description of this book I was like ghosts, goblins,spaceships please count me in!  Plus Korean mythology that I really don’t know much about I was intrigued very intrigued.

Then I was lucky enough to get a e-arc from Netgally, started reading and I was like ohhh she’s a fox spirit!??? and can shape shift to anything and use charmed Oh I was sooo taken by this story that I couldn’t put this book down.

We have Jun our 13 year old fox spirit that runs away from home to find her missing brother and along the way makes some mistakes but also learns from them.  Her love for her brother is so great that she is willing to die in order to find out exactly what happened to him.

I also, have to say I love the side characters, we have goblins, ghosts and tigers.  The friendship Min forms with some of these characters is very unique and I really enjoy this part of the book.

One thing I found I wasn’t a big fan of was how sometimes everything worked out so easily for Min and even though I’m not a big fan of it I still found myself smiling and being happy for Min.

Oh and did I mentioned this is a middle grade book that has non-binary characters which I really don’t get to much.

Overall, I loved this book and I hope there’s more to come, I loved Yoon Ha Lee’s writing and can’t wait to pick up another one of his books.


five-star-rating yellow




Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for providing me with an e-arc for review.




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