Ellen Oh spins a rich, compelling tale of teens and tweens whose lives converge in a magical forest as they work to save their world. As The Dragon Egg Princess gathers her allies in hopes of foiling evil forces trying to usurp her kingdom, the young characters face compelling challenges of self-discovery, newfound responsibility, and conflicting loyalties. Also powerful villains, treacherous family members, and monsters. There's no talk of further adventures for these characters, but they're so appealing that lots of readers would welcome a sequel.
Here, 14-year-old Jiho minces no words telling his newfound friends what they're up against:
"Calvin and Shane scooted closer to Jiho.
"'Those guys don't believe in hocus-pocus,' Calvin said. 'But we do.'
"Shane nodded, his eyes wide with old fears. "We're from Old Bellprix, the part that's not as modernized as our capital. They might never have seen a real monster before, but we have.' He shuddered. 'I once saw a neighbor who died from influenza rise up and walk the land again.'
"'And we've seen things that look like people kill and eat other people,' Calvin said. 'So when you said there are magical creatures in the forest, what we need to know is what kind of creatures are we talking about?'
"Jiho sighed. 'The kind that eat people.'
"'Crap,' Calvin said."