January 16, 2022

BOOK TOUR: Tiger Honor (Thousand Worlds #2) by Yoon Ha Lee

I am honored to be hosting a spot on the TIGER HONOR by Yoon Ha Lee Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: TIGER HONOR (Thousand Worlds #2)

Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Pub. Date: January 4, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 256

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle,  AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's companion to the best-selling and award-winning DRAGON PEARL, another space opera inspired by Korean mythology, this time told from the point of view of a nonbinary tiger spirit.

"A zesty mix of Korean folklore, magic, and science fiction that will leave you longing for more adventures in the Thousand Worlds!"--Rick Riordan, intro to DRAGON PEARL

"With crisp dialogue, a winning protagonist and a propulsive plot, this tale is enormously entertaining."--New York Times Book Review of DRAGON PEARL

Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces and, like their Uncle Hwan, captain a battle cruiser someday. But when Sebin's acceptance letter finally arrives, it's accompanied by the shocking news that Hwan has been declared a traitor. Apparently the captain abandoned his duty to steal a magical artifact, the Dragon Pearl, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Sebin hopes to help clear their hero's name and restore honor to the clan.

Nothing goes according to plan, however. As soon as Sebin arrives for orientation, they are met by a special investigator named Yi and Yi's assistant, a girl named Min. Yi informs Sebin that they must immediately report to the ship Haetae and await further instructions. Sebin finds this highly unusual, but soon all protocol is forgotten when there's an explosion on the ship, the crew is knocked out, and the communication system goes down. It's up to Sebin, three other cadets, and Yi and Min to determine who is sabotaging the battle cruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all...

Yoon Ha Lee brilliantly turns the tables on DRAGON PEARL in another unputdownable sci-fi adventure about what honor really means.

Grab book 1, DRAGON PEARL NOW!


REVIEW of Tiger Honor (Thousand Worlds #2) by Yoon Ha Lee
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Format: eARC + Physical ARC
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (Disney-Hyperion) 


Happy year of the Tiger, everyone! I was so excited to hear that Yoon Ha Lee’s first book in the Rick Riordan Presents Imprint, Dragon Pearl was getting a sequel/companion book. I had high hopes going into Tiger Honor after how amazing the first book was, and I’m happy to announce that the author did not disappoint. As a note, because Tiger Honor is not a direct follow-up to the events of Dragon Pearl, you could start with this book (but I highly recommend reading them in order as there are pieces of world-building and character dynamics you will otherwise miss out on). 


Tiger Honor follows Sebin, a non-binary tiger spirit who has dreamed of joining the Space Force and following in their uncle’s footsteps. Their happiness when they receive their acceptance letter is eclipsed by the news that their beloved Uncle Hwan has been branded a traitor and stripped of their rank. Determined to honor their duty to their clan as well as pursue their passion, Sebin heads off to cadet orientation. Things (as one might expect) do not go to plan. 


As a fan of mythology, I enjoyed how Yoon Ha Lee blended the sci-fi genre with references to Korean Mythology. There are tons of nods to different figures like dragons, celestials, and goblins. I enjoyed how the animal spirit of each of the protagonists in the Thousand Worlds series played into their nature and character. Min and Sebin are fiercely loyal, filled with heart and determination. Min is more of a lighter, humorous spirit which I think is due to the nature of foxes. On the other hand, Sebin is an old soul. They’ve had discipline and training drilled into them by the tiger clan, which gave this story more of a sense of maturity that Dragon Pearl didn’t have. 


I’m a huge fan of how the culture of the Thousand Worlds is respectful to different disabilities and different gender identities. For example, Sebin is a non-binary character who uses they/them pronouns. The Space Force acknowledges them and other members who are non-binary by having everyone wear pins on their uniform featuring their pronouns. Another example of the respect to differences in citizens and those with disabilities is how the government transmissions in the Thousand Worlds are required to have sign language interpreters. And a final example is how space stations featured accommodations for those who are blind or color blind. I wish similar measures were more commonplace in the United States. 


Overall, Tiger Honor is a fun action-packed space adventure inspired by Korean mythology. I hope the author explores other species in the future (I would love to see a book where the main character is a dragon). I would happily recommend this book to young science fiction readers who want to have an introduction to the culture of other mythologies. I would also recommend it to readers who want an introduction to the concept of gender as a spectrum and those who identify as non-binary. 


Thank you to the author Yoon Ha Lee, Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours, and Disney Books for providing me with a complimentary review copy of Tiger Honor as part of my participation in the blog tour. I appreciate the opportunity immensely! Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed Tiger Honor. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Yoon Ha Lee:

Yoon Ha Lee (yoonhalee.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of Dragon Pearl, a companion to this book and winner of the Locus Award and the Mythopoeic Award. He has also published several books for adults, including a standalone fantasy entitled Phoenix Extravagant, and the Machineries of Empire space opera trilogy: Ninefox Gambit, Raven Strategem, and Revenant Gun. Yoon draws inspiration from a variety of sources, e.g. Korean history and mythology, fairy tales, higher mathematics, classic moral dilemmas, and genre fiction. His website can be found at yoonhalee.com and his Twitter handle is @deuceofgears.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of TIGER HONOR, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/1/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

Week Two:

1/2/2022

YA Books Central

Excerpt

1/3/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

1/4/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

1/5/2022

Celia's Reads-blog

Review

1/6/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

1/7/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

1/8/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Three:

1/9/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

1/10/2022

Wilted Pages

Review

1/11/2022

Okie Dreams

Review

1/12/2022

Bri's Book Nook

Review

1/13/2022

Books Are Magic Too

Review

1/14/2022

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

1/15/2022

The Book Review Crew

Review

Week Four:

1/16/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review

1/17/2022

onemused

Review

1/18/2022

bookbriefs

Review

1/19/2022

A Backwards Story

Review

1/20/2022

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review

1/21/2022

Utopia State of Mind

Review

1/22/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

Week Five:

1/23/2022

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

1/24/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

1/25/2022

Bookwyrming Thoughts

Review

1/26/2022

More Books Please blog

Review

1/27/2022

popthebutterfly

Review

1/28/2022

@drewsim12

Review

1/29/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

Review

Week Six:

1/30/2022

Reading Wordsmith

Review

1/31/2022

Everyone’s Librarian

Review


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