Laurence Yep Dragon War

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Dragon War

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Shimmer, princess of the dragons, joins forces with two humans and a monkey wizard to reclaim her clan's home, the beautiful Inland Sea, from the evil Boneless King and his dark forces.

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Laurence Yep is the author of The Imp That Ate My Homework, about which Kirkus Reviews said, "Readers will not be able to put this light, funny fantasy down." He received Newbery Honors in 1975 for Dragonwings and in 1994 for Dragon's Gate. Mr. Yep lives in Pacific Grove, California.

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Grade 6 Up-- The evil, immortal, Boneless King, inhabiting the body of the human tyrant, Butcher, has declared all-out war on dragonkind. In this concluding volume in the series, Shimmer, the dragon princess, and her friends join her beleaguered kin as they fight for their lives. Monkey, an ebullient trickster-hero from Chinese folklore, recounts harrowing captures; hairsbreadth escapes; clever ruses; vast battles on air, land, and sea; heroic sacrifices; and dizzying, sometimes confusing, shape changes. Thorn, the human boy who has been Shimmer's companion since Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982), who helped her regain the magic cauldron in Dragon Steel (1985), and who sacrificed his body to reforge the cauldron in Dragon Cauldron (1991, all HarperCollins), spends most of this book as the soul of the cauldron, an object of enormous power. With the help of some potent immortals, both Thorn and Shimmer regain their rightful heritage. While the swirl of inventive details may obscure the emotional trajectory, the story provides a rare glimpse of Chinese mythic patterns. Shimmer's adventures continue to emphasize group loyalty over personal honor, and conclude with an audacious scene portraying the ``many worlds of which ours is only one possibility,'' a concept rooted in Taoist and Buddhist thought. Because it would be hard to follow events and character changes without reading the earlier books, this one is recommended where the others have been enjoyed. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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