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Dragon Lightning (Dragon Dreamer Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This story can be read as a tale all on its own, although it does follow on from the first book 'Dragon Dreamer' which I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
A tale for kids of all ages and beyond.
Synopsis (from the author): Dragon Lightning is a stand-alone book and the second in The Dragon Dreamer series. It's a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unlikely friendships. This science fantasy is layered for readers age 9 to adult.
Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea . . .
Arak was mocked as a worthless dreamer until he and Scree, a fearless undersea misfit, saved the dragons. Now dragons and octopi sail north in search of mythical ice dragons. They find Drakor and a terrifying reality. When Scree enters the abyss to check his volcano, she discovers everyone is in peril. Can this crew of unlikely friends save three realms?
What I liked: Dragon Lightning was an excellent book! The familiar heroes from Dragon Dreamer return with new adventures starting with the search for the ice dragons of legend. Arak and Scree grow as characters and Drakor adds an interesting twist. The undersea science woven throughout provides cool information, and the trials faced by the unlikely friends entertained me. All in all, a good read!
What I didn’t like: I only had a couple of minor issues with Dragon Lightning. First, Drakor stuttered at times, and didn’t at others. It seemed inconsistent. Secondly, the battle between Drakor and his leader was predictable.
Overall impression: Dragon Lightning by J.S. Burke was a great read. Although written for ages 9 and above, I enjoyed the characters’ growth, the science behind the story, and the story itself. If you like dragons, octopuses, and the occasional squid, this is a book for you!
My rating: 5 Stars
The characters are also beautifully drawn. Scree, an heroic octopus, is philosophical, brave and decent and my favourite, with the tetchy ice-dragon, Drakor a close second. The blended community deals with a range of threats from aggressive giant squids to a life threatening volcanic eruption—intelligently and courageously.
Dragon Lightning is a brilliant book and I haven’t read anything quite like it with its beauty, heart and creativity. I thoroughly recommend it.
This is some of the finest Dragon point-of view writing out there (and, octopus POV, for that matter). Adventure, exploration and discovery abound in a world literally about to explode. One of the superlative features of the writing is the use of colour, shade and tone to bring the world and its lovingly detailed artistic elements to life. Look for the number of (different) times colour, texture and taste are mentioned. It is perfectly immersive, and that is one of the outstanding features of this gem in dragon scales. Bravo! Five stars!
There is an inventive dragon version of 'rock, paper, scissors' which I can imagine children wanting to play but what I love most about this book is that the characters choose to learn from the other dragons/octopuses/squid that they meet, adapting and using those skills to improve their own and combining resources to make life better for all. I've also enjoyed the growth of the characters through the first book and this sequel.
The wonderful and enchanting story continues as Arak, Scree and their friends set out on more adventures, this time they're looking for Ice Dragons.
Once again the author blends fact and fantasy in an exciting story which is suitable for both children and adults.
The story is detailed and well written and I found myself immersed within the pages of the book, sharing the experience with the dragons and octopuses.
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