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The Dragon Dreamer Kindle Edition
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Author J. S. Burke brings the undersea world to dazzling life, using her background in marine biology to salt her world-building with just the right amount of authentic and fascinating detail. As someone who grew up beside the ocean I can attest to that! Further, she tells a gripping yarn. While the story at its surface level follows the unfolding of friendship and cooperation of a most unusual kind between two different species, there is tension well sustained throughout and wonderfully imaginative descriptions of octopus and dragon art forms and dance, accompanied by a flawless depth and growth of the main and supporting characters in the tale.
The art of this tale for me, lies in how the author brings these disparate threads together while never allowing the narrative pace to slacken. Engrossing, uplifting and superbly crafted, this book is a keeper. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Arak is a young dragon who feels different from the rest of his clan and is teased for his unique gift. Through an accident, Arak encounters Scree, a wise and open-minded octopus, and the healer for her pod. They learn to communicate with body and sign language and become friends, and soon clan and pod are interacting, trading goods, exchanging stories, learning about another culture, and building many more friendships. The pod, clan and individuals of each experience various issues. First, as mentioned, are Arak’s feelings about being different, and how he handles the teasing and bullying from other dragons. Second are the interactions between two very different cultures (“sky swimmers” vs. ocean dwellers) who learn that they aren’t so different at all. Additionally, Arak has begun to develop feelings for Zarina, someone he’s always been friends with but who is now a dragon-lady. I was pleased to see this in the book, as I feel that it is beneficial to be friends before growing a relationship.
Each culture has their issues to contend with at home. The dragons suffer a severe health issue and Arak is desperate to find a solution. The octopi pod endure an attack which provides Scree with a unique opportunity to put her talents and personality to an all new, extremely dangerous, test.
Other lovely themes grace the novel, but I don’t want to reveal all to other readers. The adventures are exciting and keep you turning the page. The book is very well written. The author is a marine biologist and includes actual characteristics of octopi and other creatures of the ocean. She creates wonderful attributes for the dragon clan that seem incredibly realistic. I hope there will be a sequel, because I would love to read more.
I loved it. As I read I ran across several quotes that I particularly like. Most children I know age 8 and up could read it without any trouble, and certainly 10 and up. If a reader has any trouble with vocabulary, there is a glossary in the back, which also includes information about the sea life. If it is above the child’s reading level, it would be a wonderful book to read to your child. I also agree with other reviewers who suggest that this would make a great movie. It is a new and original concept with the opportunity to produce some beautiful imagery, scenery and action. Disney? DreamWorks? I hope you’re paying attention, because I would love to see this in the movie theater.
I learned a lot from this book, and thought about things that were off my radar. I understood the consequences of a tsunami on land, but never really thought about the effects on the sea life. Because we are all interconnected, the way the tsunami affected the undersea life also affected life above water. This was beautifully illustrated in a personal way through Scree, an octopus healer, and Arak, a young dragon.
The story moves along quickly and many things happen to keep your interest. I hope the author continues with more stories of Scree and Arak. This is a great book for young people, but I am 60 years old and loved it. I highly recommend you take the time to read this book.
This story revolves around Arak, a young dragon who is tired of being told what to do and picked on like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was in his story. Arak ventures out to prove himself but alas, he gets in a bit of a mess. To the rescue comes Scree, an octopus of unbelievable understanding. And the adventures begin, some good, some bad, but all meaningful.
As for the writing in this book, I was amazed. The amount of information given to the reader is crafted so well you feel as if you are in this world. Character development and communication refreshing and clear. Also, the underwater world which this author is very familiar with is expressed and explained to give the reader a clear understanding and appreciation for marine life.
I will personally recommend this book to all readers.
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