Billy Chan is twelve. He lives in Southern California and wants to spend his summer surfing. The last thing he wants to do is attend a Chinese language course in the middle of nowhere in China. But he has no choice. In China he meets three friends Dylan O’Donnell, Charlotte Bell and Lingfei. It transpires that their visit to China is not just to improve their skill in Mandarin. It has a very different purpose. In this high fantasy adventure Billy and his three new friends learn that they must save their own world and also the mysterious dragon world from destruction. Can they do it? And if so at what cost?
Any reader who enjoys dragons will find this book congenial. The authors have used Chinese mythology to create a ceremony known as Bonding. Dragons must be bonded with their humans if their full powers are to be released. Bonding creates a link between the human and the dragon which is similar to the link between humans and their daemons in the Philip Pullman series. The relationships between humans and dragons lie at the heart of the narrative of the Tsangs.