Graphic Novel Review: The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

Synopsis: 

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a 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. 

Review: 

I have found my new all-time favourite art style, I am quite literally obsessed. I’ve never seen a more beautiful graphic novel, The Tea Dragon Society is absolutely stunning. 

There wasn’t much of a story to this, but that really didn’t bother me. I picked this up for cute vibes and it gave me exactly that. There was a bit of background on a few characters and they sounded really interesting so it would have been nice to go into more depth, but that may happen in later installments. I don’t know anything about the series so I’m sure where this will go but I am crazy excited to get my hands on the next one. 

The settings and character designs were incredible and every single page was beautiful. Each time I turned the page I thought ‘this would make a great wallpaper for my phone’ and that’s pretty high praise. I was constantly left in awe at the talent of Kay O’Neill. 

Once you finish the main story of The Tea Dragon Society there are around five or so pages of lore. If you know me you’ll know I love lore. You get to learn about the history of the dragons, how the magical properties of the tea work, and a little summary of each type of dragon. Which are all incredibly cute. 

I really cannot recommend The Tea Dragon Society enough if you are looking for a relaxing read. The story is very easy going and the illustrations are wonderful. I’m now super excited to continue reading this series but also very annoyed at myself for not picking it up sooner.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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