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Blast of the Dragon's Fury: A Fun Dragon Epic Fantasy Book with Dragons (Andy Smithson 1) Kindle Edition
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However, there are a few niggly issues which I found irritated on a few levels. Firstly the 'hero' Andy is very whiny and often childish at times but I get that one of the main parts of the story is his getting over this and taking on the quest at hand so younger readers probably won't find this quite so irksome. The other characters were however a little flat, with Alden not really adding a whole lot to the story apart from his glorious neon green hair (which has given me a bit of a style idea!), and I must be honest the complete lack of any have decent female character is a bit of a worry (the best we have is Daisy, a fire-breathing dragon). Also I found the language a bit up and down in its approach with quite adult language and words used in places and in others more 'childish' terms taking the reigns. While I can imagine it is incredibly hard to get the tone exactly right the variation from one to the other was a little confusing/off-putting and I think younger readers could feel patronised by some of the more child-like terms (like tummy and boo-boo for instance). I would also have really liked the curse to have a lot more oomph to it, a king stuck in his late teens/early twenties and villagers that can still have festivals despite a supposed curse (basically a never ending fog) is not the scariest or most imaginative curses I've come across and certainly lacked that element of suffering that most curses come with.
Having said all that though, this is still a fairly good read for an adult and one that younger readers (late pre-teens-ish) are sure to enjoy. A series I'm sure to look out for in future (to see if Andy grows up if nothing else!).
***I own this book, but the author was also kind enough to send me a copy for my classroom to share with my students
The cover is awesome and reminds me of Sleeping Beauty where the prince is battling the dragon. Of course it is a completely different picture, but that’s what jumped into my mind :)
Okay when I started reading this book, I was confused as to what was going on which made it a little slow for me. Of course, the confusion quickly cleared up. I definitely found myself chuckling thinking my son would love this book. Ah, who knew a fart could be so useful….lol Totally my son’s sense of humor. While I know this book is a middle grade book, I think most boys would find amusement and adventure in this book.
As a parent, I love that it brings up issues of truth, honesty, integrity, and perseverance. These are all things that tend to be difficult to teach our children, and I think the book does a fabulous job illustrating them. I think I’m definitely going to have my son read this book or read it with him in the future.
Andy and Alden are great characters and are easily relatable to readers. Definitely plenty of adventure, and I can’t wait to start the next book. I think this series will only get better with each book.
I recommend this book to any boy who loves adventure, dragons, puzzles, and those who find humor in a fart (this alone will attract my son).
A few trips to the principal's office and a weird day over Andy finally gets to head home to face the consequences. They have just started when he is suddenly pulled into an unknown land. Soon he is finding out about magic, meeting a king and discovering a curse he may be the answer to breaking.
He ends up on an adventure with a new found friend to find the cave of the fiercest dragon in a part o the land controlled by evil. Let's just say it's not how Andy expected his day to go. Weirdest thing about it is this all seems like where he is supposed to be and what he is supposed to be doing.
The book builds a great world, an intriguing story and a lot of unanswered questions for Andy as well as the reader. When you reach the ending it assaults you with an unexpected twist leaving you wanting more. Luckily there is much more to the story in future chapters and I myself am on the way to finding and reading them.
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Andy Smithson is a character I liked a lot.Read more
I expect the series to be good