The Sun Dragon rises

Joyce Chng's latest fantasy novella hits our shelves along with some tasty extras.


Sun Dragon's Song by Joyce Chng is a true coming-of-age story, one that hits the feels as its protagonist, Ho Yi, pushes through his pain and his uncooperative body to find his own voice, his destiny waiting on the other side of his trials.

Sure, he's helped by his parents when he needs it the most, but his successes are purely down to him. His kindnesses and determination, his instinct for right and wrong make Ho Yi a fine hero, unflawed in character. He's someone you actually want to be.

More than anything, young Ho Yi wishes to become a Sun Dragon Rider, the courageous human guardians of the magnificent beasts that roam the sky and keep watch over the land.

But confined to crutches, bullies giving him a hard time, and his parents being away at war, Ho Yi is up against almost impossible odds! Can he still keep hope alive, while suffering in his tiny village, to become the valiant hero only he feels he's destined to become?

Joyce Chng skillfully navigates away from standard-issue tropes such as links between disability or disfigurement and evil. Her sensitivity and empathy sings loudly in this particular book, but are common to all. She writes in a calm, unhurried rhythm, but her prose is always dynamic and moves you on swiftly to the next revelation or description. Her stories have flow, form, and a lot of heart. And they are always memorable.

Like Joyce's other book on Scarlet Ferret, Dragon Sisters, Sun Dragon's Song also includes delicious digital extras for you to try at home.

  • Simple Porridge Recipe
    Cook your own congee. Includes an extra family recipe.
  • Steamboat/Hot Pot Recipe
    There are many hot pot stock recipes out there. Here's Joyce's.

Buy Sun Dragon's Song today, and enjoy the beautiful, rich world Joyce has created!

18,800 words - 2 hours to read. Compatible with any device, including Kindle.

Joyce Chng

Joyce Chng lives in Singapore. Their fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Their recent space opera novels deal with wolf clans (Starfang: Rise of the Clan) and vineyards (Water into Wine) respectively.

They also write speculative poetry with recent ones in Rambutan Literary and Uncanny Magazine. Occasionally, they wrangle article editing at Strange Horizons and manages Umbel & Panicle, a poetry journal and ezine about and for plants and botany (which they also founded). Alter-ego J. Damask writes about werewolves in Singapore.

Pronouns: she/her, they/their

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