When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.
Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.
With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.
Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.
(I received a free eARC from Netgalley, Page street publishing and The Royal Polar Bear reads for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)
Stronger than a bronze dragon by Mary Fan
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
When a Viceroy appears with his bronze dragons that saves Anlei’s village, they agree to give him the sacred River pearl in exchange for permanent protection, but he wants to wed one of the villagers to seal the deal, he picks Anlei. But when a young thief steals the pearl, Anlei goes after him and they discover they have mutual goals and decide to work together.
The setting of this book was like a steampunk infused China. It gave me Descendant of the Crane mixed with The infernal devices.
Although I did feel that the story was cliched and predictable and that the romance was a little insta-lovey, I did enjoy the story! It was fast paced and action packed, I really liked the whole concept of mechanical dragons and the whole idea. I personally didn’t connect with the characters, but I loved the story and the pacing.