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Silver Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2013 Best Book Series Chapter Book Fantasy Book Review Like a dragon, Lucinda Hare's second novel has some fire in its belly. In Flight to Dragon Isle, the heat has been turned up: more action, more adventure. If you've read the first book, The Dragon Whisperer, then the return of Quenelda and Root will be like revisiting old friends (if you haven't read it, then go and read it...now!) You might think nothing's changed. Quenelda is still the headstrong girl we met in book one and Root is still the nervous gnome, but this pair are slowly finding their feet. Root is growing in confidence (but still manages the odd mishap, which makes him as funny as ever) and Quenelda, the girl who can talk to dragons, is slowly realising that she has more power and magic within her, than anyone ever imagined. As in the first book, Hare continues to spread magic over her words. In the Seven Sea Kingdoms, not even something as normal as the date and time are well...normal. Wouldn't it be great if we could meet our friends at 'the hour of the irritated bumblebee' instead of three o'clock? Wouldn't it be great if this year was 'the year of the Sabre-Toothed Doormouse' instead of 2011? Above all, this second book packs a punch. An almighty war breaks out with the hobgoblins, and Quenelda's world is thrown into turmoil. As the reader, you're either rooting for something to go right, or hoping something doesn't go wrong. Hare takes you on a journey and you really don't know how things are going to turn out. This is a darker tale, filled with dark magic; that Hare describes vividly, so certain moments play out like a film in your head. What about the dragons? There's Frosts, Magmas, Vampires... (yes, Vampire dragons) along with the wonderfully named 'I've Already Eaten' and Quenelda's own dragon, 'Two Gulps and You're Gone'. By the time you've finished this book, you'll wish dragons were on sale at the local pet shop. MOONBEAM CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2013 for BEST BOOK SERIES CHAPTER BOOK
Breaking with tradition, drawing upon the strengths of all their peoples, the SDS are preparing to take the war to the WarLock King. Far to the north their enemy gathers his strength and draws on the Abyss to gain an advantage. But another power is rising that no one foresaw: who will the inner dragon answer to? Quenelda finds the expectations of others too great, but she should beware of what she wishes for. Set against the backdrop of an escalating war and the rising dark power of the mealstrom, this is a story about the power of love, friendship and family between the peoples of the Seven Sea Kingdoms and their dragons, and how together as OneKind they cope with loss and grief in a changing world.
Fantasy Book Review 10/10 Fans of Hare's previous books The Dragonsdome Chronicles will be delighted with The Sorcerer's Glen. It bears all the trademarks of classic Hare - brave female characters, hilarious side-kicks and Hare's characteristic wit (What's a vegetarian and how do you cook them?). There is one big difference with this book - it is set in our world. Fear not, this doesn't mean fantastical realms are long-gone...but Hare presents our world as a different kind of magic. In the opening pages we are introduced to the charming village of Thistleburr. If you live in a city - you're going to wish you lived here. If you live in a village - you're going to wish you lived here. If you live in a magical realm - you're going to wish you lived here. Seemingly lifted right off a chocolate box, Thistleburr is all small caf s, village greens and beautifully named places (Ratchet and Hatchet Solicitors!); but by far, the one place I wished was real was The Chocolate Cauldron. Hare tells us right away that this is an 'old-fashioned sweet shop that conjured up confectionary of every imaginable shape, size and description'. You won't even be half-way through the book before you're wishing toffee wands were sold in the supermarket. More than just village life, Hare gives us the modern world, and presents the modern world as a modern magic (the internet, nanotechnology, biometric scans) that sits by the side of (and often clashes with) the deeper, older magic of the Fifth Dimension. This is where fans of the Dragonsdome chronicles will see familiar favourites; the SDS, goblins, and dragons...but as I said before, this book is different. Hare takes dragons to a whole new level, too. Sea Dragons, that's all I'm saying. Wait for the sea dragons. All this goes on around our main character, Lucy Pemberton, a young girl learning to deal with magical powers (in our world, a world that has, seemingly relegated such power to folklore and fairy-tales) as she faces the Black Raven. There are many beautiful passages where Lucy 'connects' to the Fifth Dimension - but my favourite element of her magic, was her ability to connect with the animals. The various animal totems in this book (can mine be the Wooly Mammoth?) show us the author's great compassion for, and understanding of, animals. Lucy has a permanent companion in her brother Oliver, so as with the Dragonsdome Chronicles, you'd be mistaken for thinking this was a book for only the girls. There is enough rugby, mountain-bike mishaps and beasties to please any boy reading. In short, this is a book for everyone. Want to enter Hare's world - pick up this book? You don't have to have read the Dragonsdome Chronicles to understand this (but they are brilliant - so you really should read them!) The final difference with this book was Hare's fantastic illustrations - saved only for the front cover of the previous novels, The Sorcerer's Glen is filled with them - the work of both Hare and local primary school children. Overall: This book gets 5 toffee-wands (out of five!)
Moonbeam Children's Book Award double silver medalist Fantasy Book Review Dragon Lords Rising is the third book in Lucinda Hare's Dragonsdome Chronicles, and three is, (as they say) the magic number. Picking up where Flight to Dragon Isle left off, we once again join the wonderfully named Quenelda and her troop (a battle dragon, a chubby dragon, a boy, a gnome and a dwarf) on her quest to rescue her father, Earl Rufus DeWinter. Don't worry if any of this sounds unfamiliar. Hare includes a handy who's who at the beginning of the book that means if this is your first time in Dragon Isle, you won't be lost. New and existing fans will love the places Dragon Lords Rising takes them. You'll be able to see your reflection in the floors of the Stone Citadel and wish you could slide down the theme-park-like tunnel that leads to the Ice Bears underground world. One of the best things about Hare's series (and this book) is that there's something for everyone in it. If you like magic, then take your pick. There's the dark and dangerous Maelstrom magic (complete with a full-length spell), or Quenelda's haphazard hit-and-miss magic (the complete opposite of the dangerous Maelstrom). For the fearless, there are plenty of scrapes and adventures to be had as the troop navigate battle-dragon Stormcracker on their quest. If you prefer tiaras over tunnels, then there's the oh-I-wish-it-were-real 'Foresight and Hindsight's Exclusive Emporium' (the one-stop-shop for Dragonsdome's upcoming royal wedding). Anyone who has read the first two books will be glad to know that time is still divided up into amazingly named segments (such as 'at the hour of the dozy hedgehog') and that characters still shout, 'Newt and Toad!' when surprised. This time round, though, the story is darker and there's a moment or two (I won't tell you which ones!) that'll bring a tear to your eye. I can tell you no more except strap yourself in when riding Stormcracker and keep Two Gulps Too Many away from those honey tablets... This Dragon Lords Rising book review was written by Liz Wride Praise for The Dragon Whisperer and Flight to Dragon Isle. One of the most captivating new books to be published for 8+ for some time . . . It made me laugh, cry and remember exactly what's so special about the time when you or your child live in hope of finding a dragon of your own (Amanda Craig The Sunday Times ) The one letdown of Hare's work, is that, in marketing it towards children, adults might see it as 'just another children's book' and pass it over. The back cover boasts a '9+' age rating and I urge anyone nine or over to snap this read up. Verdict? A battle-dragon of a book! (Liz Wride, Fantasy Book Review) What Harry Potter did for tales of wizardry, this book does for tales of dragons (Chicklish ) Recommended for Fans Of...: The Lord of the Rings. No, seriously. Also, fans of the Eragon series, the Harry Potter book, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series, Cornelia Funke's Igraine the Brave, Sherwood Smith's Wren to the Rescue series, Patricia Wrede's Dealing With Dragons series, and etc., ad infinitum. will find something here to love. (Finding Wonderland)
A brutal war against the united hobgoblin tribes rages, and Quenelda longs to accompany her hero Dragon Lord father into battle. But when the elite Stealth Dragon Services is ambushed and defeated - due to the dark treachery of the Grand Master - and her father is presumed dead, the Seven Sea Kingdoms are thrown into turmoil. Evil plots swirl - with even Quenelda's own beloved dragon in mortal danger - but Quenelda finds a magical, secret solace at the heart of the fabled fortress Dragon Isle. Can she use her new powers to set the tide of victory turning against the hobgoblins?
Quenelda has always had a magical bond with dragons, and her greatest wish is to fly one and fight alongside her father in the war against the hobgoblins. Root, on the other hand, wishes only to avoid the fearsome creatures, so the role of Quenelda's esquire is the last thing he needs. But an unexpected friendship is forged, and when Dragons Dome is besieged by a deadly plot, this unlikely duo must find a way to defeat the dark forces. Epic battles, whispered legends and soaring magic combine in this breathtaking debut fantasy, with black and white illustrations by David Wyatt.
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