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The Tea Dragon Festival: 09/27/21

The Tea Dragon Festival

The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O'Neill is the second book in the Tea Dragon graphic novel series. This one is a prequel that shows where the adult couple from the first book came from. Like the first book, though, they are secondary characters.

The main story focuses on the friendship between Rinn and a dragon named Aedhan. Rinn discovers Aedhan in some ancient ruins. Aedhan was expecting to attend the local annual festival only to find that eighty years have passed.

Through their friendship, Rinn helps Aedhan work through the trauma of having lost eight decades to a sleeping curse. They also help recognize the source of a lingering mystery in the nearby forest.

Chart showing the progression on the RNS between the two books

Like the first volume, Aedhan and Rinn's story can be charted on the Road Narrative Spectrum. Rinn who wants to protect her village is a metaphorical scarecrow. Aedhan, who was sent to protect the village has become a metaphorical minotaur over time due to the effects of the curse. Thus together they are the classic scarecrow and minotaur duo (99). As most of the story is about Aedhan's lost years, the destination is uhoria (CC). The route is the cornfield, or in this case, the cursed garden at the ruins (FF).

The third book is The Tea Dragon Tapestry (2021)

Five stars

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