Tiger's Blood: The Tiger's Apprentice Series #2

Tiger's Blood: The Tiger's Apprentice Series #2

by Laurence Yep

Nothing is As it Seems

Ever since Tom became the apprentice to Mr. Hu, the Guardian of the phoenix egg, his life has been a whirlwind. Now Mr. Hu is weak after saving Tom's life in a battle, and the two must flee with their motley crew of friends to the dragon kingdom, far below the ocean's surface. While Tom waits for Mr. Hu to


Nothing is As it Seems

Ever since Tom became the apprentice to Mr. Hu, the Guardian of the phoenix egg, his life has been a whirlwind. Now Mr. Hu is weak after saving Tom's life in a battle, and the two must flee with their motley crew of friends to the dragon kingdom, far below the ocean's surface. While Tom waits for Mr. Hu to recover, he realizes that even the dragons cannot promise safety. And as an unstoppable evil advances, Tom must find the strength within to protect the egg by himself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tiger's Blood by Laurence Yep continues the tale of human boy Tom Lee, Mistral the dragon and Monkey from The Tiger's Apprentice. Here the trio and other allies engage in more high adventure as they attempt to safekeep the magical phoenix egg, introduced in the debut title, and ensure that it does not fall prey to the underwater dragon kingdom. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this sequel to The Tiger's Apprentice, Tom and his friends flee to the underwater Dragon Kingdom. There they hope to be safe from Vatten and his followers who seek to steal the egg of the phoenix from Mr. Hu, its appointed guardian and Tom's teacher. Because of Mr. Hu's failing health, Tom continues his apprentice studies with the dragons, learning their lore, along with several giggle-inducing tries at magic spells. When the egg is stolen, Tom has suspicions that Mistral may be involved. He must decide if he can trust her and the other dragons as well as find the egg at great risk to his own life. Intrigue abounds, and the descriptions of the dragons' palace will have readers wishing they could visit it themselves. Those who have waited for the second book in the series will not be disappointed. Those who haven't read the first one may find themselves a bit lost, but expect them to remedy the situation by reading it and then asking when the third book is due out.-Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Offering less action than its predecessor, this middle episode in a creative yet gentle series is so calm it feels diluted. Mr. Hu-a tiger guarding the phoenix egg from evildoers-shared his soul with Tom at the end of Book One, but Tom's shift towards tigerness is slow. Hu, Tom, and their friends leave San Francisco and head underwater to the supposedly safe dragon kingdom. A mysterious "Nameless One" threatens, but Mistral the dragon and Tom defeat it anticlimactically. One friend's betrayal while Hu lies in a drugged sleep is predictable; more affecting is Tom's reluctant agreement to truly take over as the egg's Guardian. Instead of the quotations from ancient Chinese lore Yep first used to form creatures, here he uses descriptions of (real) underwater life. Visuals are colorful but logistics vague. The third entry promises a huge battle, with Tom becoming more of a tiger; this one on its own is static. (afterword) (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Tiger's Apprentice Series, #2
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Tiger's Blood

The Tiger's Apprentice, Book Two
By Laurence Yep

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Laurence Yep
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060010185

Chapter One

If Mistral the dragon and Monkey could have had their way, they would have left San Francisco the next instant for the dragon kingdom, but Mr. Hu would not be hurried with his packing.

So, while an impatient Mistral kept watch in the front of the store, the elderly tiger had the rest of them -- Tom, Monkey, and the flying rat, Sidney -- hopping about the apartment at the rear of his antique store as they gathered what Mr. Hu considered necessities.

Tom was surprised when he found they were taking few clothes but a good many books and magical apparatus. "Why are we taking so much gear?"

"Because you are to continue your studies in the Lore while you are in the dragon kingdom," Mr. Hu replied.

"But it's summer," the boy protested. "I'm supposed to be on vacation." The promised drudgery was already making Tom rethink staying on as Mr. Hu's apprentice.

The tiger's whiskers twitched. "I can't believe Mistress Lee didn't make you study every spare moment." Mistress Lee was Tom's grandmother and the Guardian before Mr. Hu. "When I was her apprentice, I had lessons year-round."

"Well," the boy admitted, "it's not like she didn't try."

Monkey looked around the stack of books he wascarrying. "Tom was also her grandson. I bet he managed to charm his way out of them. Unlike a certain tiger I know who doesn't have enough charm to fill a tea bag."

Mr. Hu gave a harrumph. "Well, there will be no slacking off as my apprentice, I can tell you that!"

Monkey shuffled over to a suitcase and began to pile the books inside. "He's a human cub, Hu. You can't expect blind obedience."

The tiger's nostrils and mouth wriggled in interesting ways as he fought to control his temper. "Yes, yes, I suppose so," he finally conceded. "Just keep this in mind, Master Thomas: Evil takes no holidays. You will need every bit of magic if you're to protect yourself the next time we meet Vatten and the Clan of the Nine." The Clan of the Nine were Vatten's monstrous followers.

Vatten had been seeking the egg of the fabulous phoenix for thousands of years, for the phoenix would allow him to change people's wills. His spies, led by his henchmen Loo and a girl named Ray, had even managed to steal it for a while; Mr. Hu, the latest Guardian of the egg, had managed to take it back but only at great cost.

As he remembered some of the monsters they had already faced, Tom realized the one thing worse than the boredom of an apprenticeship -- the terror-filled periods when something finally did occur.

"He won't have a chance to learn more magic if we don't leave soon," Mistral called impatiently from the store. "The Clan of the Nine could be here any moment."

"What would happen if Vatten got hold of the egg?" Tom asked. "I mean, I know he'll hatch the egg and use it to control people. So would he make himself the king of the world?"

Around Mr. Hu's neck hung the pouch with the phoenix egg, and he touched it now. "If he were to rule, people would welcome death. He hates humans even more than his master, Kung Kung, who first tried to take the phoenix. Kung Kung found humans distressingly 'disorderly,' so he would have changed them into mindless creatures."

"Like zombies?" Tom gulped.

"I was going to say like automata," Mr. Hu said after thinking for a moment, "but yes, that might be another way to put it. However, Vatten has seen humans overrun the earth and almost ruin it."

"So he'd destroy all humans?" Tom asked.

"His tastes are far crueler," Mr. Hu said. "No, he would make humanity suffer a living nightmare."


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Meet the Author

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

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