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The Land of Dragor: Book 1: The Gift of Charms (Land of Dragor 1) Paperback – 4 Sep 2014
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"An enjoyable tale told with both tenderness and strength." "Kidsreads.com""
About the Author
Julia Suzuki is the author of The Land of Dragor fantasy adventure series for children.
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I gave this book a chance due to the high rating in the reviews. All of which are on a "free stuff for honest review" basis, so ignore them. I assume the people who found it "riveting" have never read anything more taxing than Hello magazine. The real reviews by people who have an honest opinion are down here in the "1 star" section. I suspect the 5 star reviewers either work for the publisher, are easily bought or are the authors chums.
Themes of the book are unoriginal, "not belonging, the outsider, bullying etc." Not even an attempt at an original thought or construct. Add in a wizard, wardrobe or smurf and you'd easily believe you were reading something by another author.
This book had potential, I concede that but the author has obviously rushed it and therefore blown it. There's good reason you can pick it up for the charity shop price of £1.50. I hope she didn't give up her day job based on those royalties.
The Gift of Charms is about seven different clans of dragons who lived in the land of Dragor. They all had different skill sets, pottery and fishing being two of them. What set them apart was the seven different colours reflected on their scales. They were the only survivors from a great war, where the Dinosaurs and the Dragsaurs became extinct! The Dragons had been slaves to humans and nowthey were free and lived in isolation from other beings.
Throughout the ages different stories had been told about the nature of the different clans and some considered themselves superior to others.
Yoshiko was hatched from an egg which was totally different from what was considered to be normal. The egg was multicoloured and his mother Kiara worried about the gossips going around. His father Ketu was well aware of the problems they might encounter about Yoshiko since he had to use bribery to stop Yoshiko from being taken away from them at birth.
When Yoshiko started school where he was to learn how to make fire, he came across a bully named Igorr who took great pleasure in humiliating him. During one of these confrontations with Igorr, he flew off and ended up in forbidden land where he came across Guya , an Elder who lived in isolation. This chance meeting turned out to be the beginning of Yoshiko's journey, when he told Guya the reasons for his distress.
He gave Yoshiko three hard tasks, meant for endurance as well as will power. Yoshiko was meant to bring the seven clans together and to regain their dwindling powers.
Will Yoshiko complete these tasks and bring the clans together?
I enjoyed reading this very well written novel and would recommend to all ages.
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