Waiting on Wednesday: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon

Waiting on Wednesday: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon


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Stronger than a Bronze Dragon

Written by Mary Fan

384 pages

Published by Page Street Kids

Publication date: 11th June 2019


Summary (from Goodreads🙂

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.


Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • Did you read that summary?! Everything about it sounds incredible!
  • Not only dragons, but mechanical dragons – that has me intrigued. Who has built the dragons? Why? Are there real dragons too? Also, the mechanical dragons seems to suggest a steampunk world, which I love.
  • The names of the characters and the author make me think that this book will take inspiration from Chinese culture and, possibly, language. I am here for that!
  • I am curious about the dragon pearl – did it come from a real dragon? How was it enchanted? Does this mean that there are other enchanted objects in this world? Especially since travels through hell are mentioned – a lot of potential for hazards and strange creatures there.
  • I want to find out more about Anlei and the thief that she ends up travelling with.

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!


See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves, Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, Romanov. Echo North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Spin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Collision, Rumblestar, The Last Spell Breather, The Starless Sea, The Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, Containment, House of Salt and Sorrows.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Summer Bird Blue, The Pretender or The Gilded King?


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