Review: The Tea Dragon Society, by Kay O’Neill

I’ve had this book on my to-buy list for literal years, I could never find it (other than on Amazon, and it’s getting harder to order there with Brexit) so I put it off. And then in a stroke of inspiration, I looked it up in the library catalogue, and they had it!

I originally heard about it on a book rec post, back on tumblr? I think it was for queer fantasy books in general. I did expect something shortish, but I did not expect a giant, kid-book sized thing like this. Or a comics, to be honest! I thought it’d be a cute novella. But…. it was absolutely perfect as it is.

The Story

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives–and eventually her own. BONUS CONTENT: Included in this gorgeous, oversized hardcover is “Extracts from the Tea Dragons Handbook”, explaining more about the creatures with illustrations of all the dragon breeds not seen in the graphic novel.

The Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I mean, where do I even start? Look at it! It is absolutely gorgeous! It’s got tea, and dragons, and positive queer characters, what more can you want?

It’s a quick read that gives you enough of a glimpse into that universe to make you want more, more more! The tea dragons are adorable, the characters are also adorable and compelling, the art is, again, gorgeous! All I want now is my own tea dragon.

There’s a field guide to tea dragons at the end that says they don’t need play, they need entertainment, and love to follow their owner around as they cook etc. So I guess maybe I already have tea dragons, in the form of cats. But yeah, it made me want to see more of that world, and to have my own tiny, cute tea dragon!

The Links

From the publisher’s

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