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Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by L.R.W. Lee #review

I am a sucker for dragons and fantasy and misunderstood kids. It is almost always a great combination.

I began to read this book with anticipation and a little bit of trepidation. Anticipation for the possibility that the book seemed to promise. The trepidation came because I had just finished a book that utterly disappointed me by not living up to the promise of the jacket blurb.

I am relieved to say that this book was not a disappointment.

It was a joy.

L.R.W. Lee writes a delightful story for a  younger audience.

Our newly minted hero, Andy, is relate-able. He is an imaginative kid who feels constantly misunderstood by his family. So it is with more excitement than fear that he finds himself transported to a magical land called Oomaldee. On arrival he is tasked with helping to break a curse for a centuries old king while being thwarted by a spiteful ghost. He makes new friends and grows as an individual while discovering secrets and battling dragons.

The intro to the book and the history of the curse is nicely done. A funny and fresh take on what awaits those who have passed on.

This book is intended for a younger reader than most of the YA fiction I review. As such it seemed at times to over simplify some situations and maybe underestimate the intended reader. I think that even the younger 8-11 year olds this seems geared towards could understand and appreciate a little more nuance.

The story is well crafted and enjoyable. As an adult I still found the story interesting. It was whimsically quirky without being patronizing or obvious. A very hard combination to achieve. I wanted to know more about this land.

I am hoping that some of the questions I had will be answered in the next book in the series. (How is Andy a descendant being the main one.)

I think this would be an excellent book for a parent and child to read together as both will enjoy it.

My advice to the author would be to trust the young reader and to fully explore the vivid world she is creating.

 

I was provided a gratis copy of this book for review.

 

Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy by Brandon Mull

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Really? That is how you are going to leave it? There is going to be another book or another series… right?

Those were pretty much my exact thoughts upon finishing this book (well, I may have cleaned them up a little bit).

When I picked up the first Beyonders book in Barnes & Noble shortly after it came out I ended up staying at Barnes & Noble until I had finished it. A completely unintentional read. I liked it. A lot.

I have been waiting for this third book for what seems like ages. And I was not disappointed. Jason and Rachel are leading the rebels to overthrow Maldor. Everyone’s favorite displacer is back along with the snarkiest seed person and all the other characters I became attached to in the previous 2 books.

Did you get that Brandon? I am attached to them. All of them.

As with the other 2 books this one is well written and thought out. Jason in particular is incredibly believable as a regular kid who somehow manages to make a place for himself in this new world.In as much as there can be believabilty in a a fantasy series Brandon Mull achieves it.

And quite cleverly the book wraps up the story line that was started in A World without Heroes but keeps open the opportunity for more stories.

If you haven’t read this series you should.

That is the non-spoiler review. If you don’t want to read any spoilers stop now.

I’m quite serious. I am going to throw in some blank lines and then some spoilers are going to fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So – This can’t be the end. Jason still in Lyrian. Rachel back in our world. Something about a daughter. There have to be more books. I need to know more.

Now let us talk about Ferrin and Drake. That was just kinda rough. After everything Ferrin had gone through and done. The relationships he built. I understand it was honorable and noble – but it killed me. And this was after I had already had to deal with Drake. Again noble and everything but a blow to the heart just the same.

I guess that proves that you had done a good job. I was attached. The characters were more than just words on a page to me. So good job. But I still don’t like it. 😉