I was given an eARC by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Oh. My. Goodness. The Tea Dragon Society is Just. Too. Cute.
This adorable graphic story was first published on Tumblr by Katie O’Neill and has been adapted to book form by Oni Press. Unlike most of the books I review, this one has a much younger intended audience.
I stumbled across a page of the comic early on – only three or four pages had been posted by then and was absolutely enchanted. Greta is a part-goblin girl in training to be a blacksmith when she happens upon a tea dragon. The world of tea dragons opens up to her, and The Tea Dragon Society is her journey of discovering the dragons, their keepers, and their history.
As Greta discovers the history of tea dragons and their keepers, The Tea Dragon Society shows the power and rewards of kindness, gentleness, and patience. Even strong blacksmiths can be all of those things.
Additionally, the book features same-sex relationships with about as much fanfare as an apple sitting on the table. I love when same-sex relationships are regarded as mundane – just as normal as any other relationship.
The art is ethereal and cute in a really attractive way. Each page is beautiful and could easily be hung on a wall.
The Tea Dragon Society is a heart-meltingly sweet, beautifully illustrated story of friendship, kindness, and craft and will be published on October 31, 2017.