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Ben the Dragonborn (The Six Worlds Book 1) Kindle Edition
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If you're nuts about dragons like I am, then you'll want to get your talons into this fantasy novel: 'Ben the Dragonborn: a Six Worlds story' by Dianne Astle.
I was a little hesitant at first when our protagonist, Ben appear to be just a normal kid who couldn't swim and was laughed at by his peers (I was thinking Diary of a Wimpy Kid here), but it soon turns out that this is like a Harry Potter school and they don't let you in on the secret until you develop magical / paranormal powers. (I hope that doesn't count as a spoiler, sorry).
I don't want to give things away, but I think that being called a 'Six Worlds Story' it is pretty safe to say that this novel will take you to far off places you have never been.
I really enjoyed Ben the Dragonborn and would recommend it for readers age around 10 to adult. The reading level is simple and there is action aplenty to engage the reader. I like the original concepts. It is a traditional quest with a small group of heroes who don't always agree and each have talents essential for the quest to succeed. Ben has a mysterious back story which is unveiled piece by piece and brings depth and warmth to the story. I also appreciated the banter between Ben and Charla ( a well-written character). I was not a fan of the large creeping crawlies, but I will leave you to squirm as you read that part, eek!
Note: I did spot a few minor editing errors in the paperback, which may have already been corrected in the Kindle version.
I received the paperback as a prize in an online competition. Since I enjoyed the book so much, I have bought Ben the Dragonborn and it's sequel, Ben and the Watcher of Zargon ebooks. I can't wait to read book 2.
I am neither a boy nor a child and still enjoyed it immensely.
Mermaids, Dragons, monster birds controlled by people, 6 worlds. What else is there to come? Well, don’t like saying anymore for not spoiling the great read about Benjamin or better Zenjamin.
I would say, it’s not only for boys or children.
Thoroughly enjoyable and looking forward to next in this new series! Congrats Ms Castle!
For full disclosure, the rating is from my 10 year-old daughter, and the review's from me with a few of her comments thrown in. My daughter wanted me to say that the story, while a bit 'boyish' was fun for girls too and she particularly enjoyed the character of Charla the mermaid-girl, who is strong and feisty and while she does wrong to start with, she makes up for it and turns out good in the end.
The writing is sound and strong throughout. I thought a weakness might be that there's a bit of a plot dump toward the end as we learn about Ben's heritage, and the family situation seemed to be resolved a little too easily - maybe I'm just being picky, but I might have saved some of this for another adventure. Nevertheless, for MG kids, this is an excellent, clean read with something to teach. Well recommended.
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