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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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Synopsis (from the author): Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There's just one tiny problem, he's never battled dragons, except in his Dragon Slayer video game. Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn before he can even attempt the feat. No pressure, but it's his skill alone that will save - or condemn - the kingdom forever.
What I liked: This book, the first in a series, is a unique twist on the hero tale. The hero, in this case, is a ten-year-old boy who is transported to a kingdom that is under a curse. Andy is a good character, and fits the typical kid profile. His parents are both CEOs, so he feels neglected. The king - who wears jeans and t-shirts - was an interesting take on the ruler who needs help, and Mermin (Merlin's brother) is a bumbling sort of wizard. My favorite character was Alden, the servant boy who befriends Andy and shares his adventures. The story moves along nicely, with action appropriate to the age group. The book entertained me with its humor and was a good read!
What I didn't like: The one complaint I have is that the King doesn't reveal what caused the curse or why Andy must be the one to break it. I realize the story will be revealed later in the series, but a little more information would have helped!
Overall impression: The first book of the Andy Smithson series, Blast of the Dragon's Fury is a good middle grade and above read. It's entertaining enough for adults, and younger readers will enjoy the unique use of cow farts! Full of humor, adventure, magic, and heroes, the story flowed nicely and kept me entertained! I will add the rest of the series to my TBR list!!
My rating: 5 Stars
Andy’s mission - a quest to find the scale of a red dragon, and a quest that will keep him busy. He will face quick sand and river crossings, learn to fight dragons and do battle with dragons. A magical sword and key provide Andy with every advantage he needs to achieve success but the battles will not come easy.
Andy’s efforts are thwarted by flying foes spying on his every move, creatures who morph from birds to man like creatures with beaks and long arms. Join Andy as he talks with statues that transform into medieval knights, takes advice from a wizard and gives every challenge his all.
Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book One is intended for pre-teen and teenage readers and written in a vocabulary suited to that age group. That said, the story is entertaining and captivating to any lover of vintage fantasy writing.
This novel had me hooked from the beginning. It’s a fast-moving page turner and a clean, enjoyable story. I wouldn’t hesitate to ask my grandkids to read this wonderful fantasy novel!
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