A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Tiger Honor is based on Korean folklore and myth. It offers the chance to discuss loyalty, sacrifice, and honor.
Sometimes one must choose between honoring family or the culture at large. Family often offers support in ways strangers can't hope to.
Positive Role Models
Sebin is always concerned about doing what's right, even though he must obey two conflicting sets of rules. His uncle Hwan seemed to be a honorable man, but he has commandeered a space ship and stolen a magical artifact. Sebin must depend on Fox Spirit Min and Yi to determine who's responsible for the sabotage.
The characters seem to be exclusively Korean. Some are aligned as Fox Spirits, others as Tigers.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are drugged or stunned into unconsciousness and shot at, but no one's seriously injured
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Two uses of "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiger Honor is a sequel to Yoon Ha Lee's award-winning science fiction adventure, Dragon Pearl. The plot follows Space Forces Cadet Sebin as he sets off on his first intergalactic adventure -- to defend his uncle suddenly gone rogue. Some minor, non-lethal violence with "stunners" and knockout gas.
Is It Any Good?
Space opera doesn't have to be all battle scenes, as this talky but engaging mid-trilogy volume proves. In cadet-in-trading Sebin, author Yoon Ha Lee creates a main character who's a bit of a fussy know-it-all but becomes more likable as the story picks up momentum. Lee's depiction of Korean myth is lively and imaginative, especially when Sebin and his crewmates shapeshift into tigers, foxes, and ghosts. Fantasy trilogies often sag in their middle volumes, but Tiger Honor stays engrossing from beginning to end.
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