Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Series: Thousand Worlds #2
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on January 4, 2022
Genres: Middle Grade, Retellings, Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour, The Publisher
Cover Artist: Vivienne To
My content rating: MG (Some violence)
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 honour 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 his 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 battlecruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all…
Tiger Honor is a mythological sci-fi adventure that explores the bounds of loyalty and the complications of competing interests. The main character Sebin has to decide if their oaths to their family outweigh their dedication to the Space Force. They want to do what’s right, but the real trick is figuring out what the right thing even is.
This is a follow-up to Dragon Pearl, and while you don’t necessarily need to read the first book to enjoy this one, I did sometimes find myself wishing I remembered the first book better—just because I felt like I was always on the edge of remembering something important. (You don’t get real reminders about what happened until about halfway through the book.) Still, I was able to set that aside in my mind and simply enjoy this book on its own.
The book is full of action and intrigue, and it’s easy to root for Sebin as they try to sort out who the true villains are. And all of this on a spaceship. What’s more fun than that?
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours so I could provide an honest review. No compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
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.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of TIGER HONOR, US Only.
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