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  • By James
    Jul 27, 2012
  • By best sellers
    Dec 16, 2011
    Anything but your typical yarn about dragons, Tribes of Qi takes up the eponymous fire-breather as a creation myth, and as the background for a story about some very human, fallible, sensitive rats. The prologue may be overwhelming for younger readers, but it sets the tone of whimsy, fancy, and mythopoetic imagination. The thirteen rat tribes of Qi, we learn, have grown so cozy with their village customs that they have lost touch with the primordial quality of the Old Myth. They inhabit a dragon-shaped island-continent called Uroboros, where all thirteen tribes reunite each year for the Dragon Festival, where two year old rats are expected to find mates. Peyo of Yham’s parents already have a marriage-match arranged for him, but, because he wants to learn the “useless wisdom,” he finds the courage to break with custom and refuse that year’s flower-maiden, the lady Genji of Gong, and seek the forest rat shaman, the Ra-Tul who may or may not be a legend himself. This is when we learn... More > that Peyo bears a birthmark, the “dragon’s eye,” that heralds the time-when-the-dragon-opens-its-eyes. Amid the hubbub, senile old Archaicus, the White Rat, hints to Peyo that his true bride might be in Zham Village, across the terrible O-po-po Ice Ranges, but that, if he wishes, he can go seek the Ra-Tul in Glomber Woods. This is a fast, entertaining read, with comical, memorable characters, like Tutu the Raven-Raak, and Crukbuk, his obsequious and disloyal crony, not to mention Magicus and Magicalus, the half-mad trickster twins set by Creatura, the Dragon, as the guardians that keep her blind and imprisoned in a temple on the other side of time. Instead of a tale where a reluctant hero learns his power and defeats an evil arch-enemy, this is a tale about a group of friends who defy convention, out of loyalty to each other and to the re-enchantment of the world.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Edition Divine
December 15, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.68 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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