Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dragon's Pupil's - The Sword Guest by Martin Chushui


When East and West combine…

Half-Chinese, half-Australian, Liz is not interested in her father’s ancient Tao wisdom, or his cryptic tales. She is more concerned with environmental issues—particularly the plan to mine one of Australia’s great landmarks, Wave Rock. Her father’s latest gift, a Chinese calligraphy pen, seems set to take its place in her bottom drawer forever.

Then Wave Rock is blasted open by something more than a mining operation, and Liz finds that she must battle monsters from ancient times as well as creatures from other worlds, all intent on destroying Earth. She must call on all her powers, from both her Eastern heritage and her Western upbringing, to save her world. Her pen becomes her way into a new and magical world, and Liz discovers she has powers—and allies—that she never could have guessed.

An exciting, fast-paced tale that combines the wisdom of ancient tradition with the pace of a Kung Fu movie and brings them to life in contemporary Australia, this exciting tale takes the best of two cultures and blends them to open up a new world of adventure and mystery.


More geared toward young teens, Dragon's Pupil's is a quick paced tale with magic, adventure and mystery.  Liz learning something from her dad's stories was educational and the painted backdrop of beautiful China was a definite attention grabber.  However, the characters themselves were not three dimensional. They needed more depth, more emotion in their characteristics.  That said, obviously the author has great knowledge about Kung Fu and it shines through in his writing.  If you like reading an adventure story, or learning about other cultures, then definitely give this book a whirl.  It really is educational and fun!

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