The Tea Dragon Society
By Katie O'Neill
Published by Oni Press
This story focuses on Greta, a blacksmith in training who stumbles upon a rare and lost tea dragon on her way home. When she returns it to its owner, a dragon named Hesekiel, he offers her the chance to learn how to care for tea dragons herself. There she meets Erik and min, two other tea dragon owners, and the four of them slowly grow and learn.
The art is fantastic. The book is beautifully colored, with an art style that I quite like. The characters are lovely, though the designs are a bit simple in some cases. Panel structure and flow are excellent.
The characters are all wonderful, but could use more. They are all interesting and enjoyable, but most of them could use a bit more fleshing out. I would love to learn more about who they are and where they came from, but this doesn't negatively impact the book. If anything it makes me want more.
The setting it vague, but it's all it needs to be. There are hints of vast adventures throughout the story, but the plot doesn't go there. Instead we get a small, contained look at a fascinating world with hints of much more.
This is a sweet slice of life story. The plot is slow and meandering, but it has its moments. The tea itself is an interesting way for us to learn about these characters. The story doesn't have anything flashy, but it works.
The one problem I have with the book is that there is so much unexplored. The book is well contained within a fascinating world that I would love to see more of.