This story follows a blacksmith apprentice named Greta and a chance encounter she had. While shopping for dinner, she finds a creature who is injured. After saving it, her parents tell her who it belongs to so she can return it. When she goes to return the creature, she meets Hesekiel, the owner of an old tea shop. She figures out the creature is called a tea dragon, and after talking with Hesekiel, he offers to let her come and learn about the, whenever she wants. Outside the shop, she meets another young girl, Minette, who is very shy. Through the seasons Greta learns about tea dragons and befriends Hesekiel, Erik, and Minette. They all form a bond together and share their stories with each other. At the end of the story, Greta is presented with her own tea dragon to care for, and she, Minette, Erik, and Hesekiel form the tea dragon society.
I can’t recommend this book enough for anyone to read. There is so much to love in this book. The story itself is wonderful, magical, and LGBT+ friendly which is amazing. The illustrations are like nothing I’ve ever seen, so soft and beautiful and magical in their own way. I love that the world is fleshed out but not too much, leaving room for the imagination. I love that in the end Greta doesn’t have to choose between being a blacksmith and being a tea dragon owner, but decides she can be both. I love that the people aren’t stereotypically assigned. Greta’s mother is large and strong, while her father is dainty and slim. This is a great book for anyone to read and feel included in the world.