Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Dragon's Pupils - The Sword Guest by Martin Chu Shi

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 

If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I was recently contacted by author Martin Chi Shi and asked to read his self-published young adult book Dragon's Pupils - The Sword Guest. I thought the premise about Chinese mythology sounded interesting. 

Here is the product description:
The story centers on Liz, born of half Australian and of half Chinese descent. Growing up in Australia, she isn’t very interested in her father’s ancient Chinese stories. She is concerned with problems that are far more contemporary — such as environmental issues, and particularly her friend’s handsome brother who is an environmental activist. But her disinterest in Chinese culture changes when her two worlds collide, after a catastrophic accident sets thousands of ancient monsters loose near her home. Suddenly Liz must learn many new skills and call on all of her Chinese heritage if she is to prevent the monsters from destroying Earth. Helped by her twin brother and best friend, Liz sets out to discover why the monsters exist and how to stop them. When she is injured in a battle, she must travel to China to seek a cure that is spiritual as much as it is physical. But can she find the old man who can help her before the monsters catch her? How will she manage in a country that is so strange and yet so familiar? And can she learn enough about a world she has ignored to stop the monsters in time?
Zhang lifted his calligraphy pen from the south wall of Anle temple, stepped back, shook his long white beard, and smiled. 

This sentence is the first of the Prologue and takes place in Fifth Century, China. It does set the feel for the book. 

Friday 56:
Still if Li Ping could do magic to defeat monsters, she could know anything she wanted to know.
This book is a Kindle bargain. You can get the story for $.99.


  1. I would luv to read it. Thanks for sharing this Kindle bargain. Luv your Book Beginnings and Friday 56.

  2. Both really good! Great choices.

    Here is my BBF :)

  3. Magic to defeat monsters.... must be a good read!
    Thanks for participating!

  4. Hi!
    Sounds intriguing. I'll have to check this one out. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  5. This sounds really interesting. I'd love to read it.


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