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Dragon Magic: The Magic Books #4 Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2006
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“Adroit entertainment.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
ANDRE NORTON, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America and awarded a Life Achievement World Fantasy Award, was the author of more than one hundred novels of science fiction and fantasy adventure. Beloved by legions of readers the world over, she thrilled generations with such series as Beast Master, Time Traders, The Solar Queen, Witch World and others. She passed away in March 2005.
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By Andre Norton
Some kids decided to burglarize a house of aq deceased archeologist where they find a box of puzzle pieces. The puzzle is of four dragons. When they put the pieces together, they are magically transformed into a fantasy world populated by unusual men and fantastic creatures of lore. There are a number of different tales , one for each dragon. Each tale hints at a Life's Lesson. I 'll leave it to the reader to determine which is which.
Andre Norton weaves her magic in this novel. I highly recommend this for fans of Andre Norton, aficionados of fantasy and tales of magic. It is one of her "Magic Series".
Gunner June, 2009
P.S. She, also, gets in several favorable plugs for the library, which are welcomed.
In this novel, Sig Dortmund is waiting for the school bus to arrive in his subdivision. The bus is also picking up the younger kids and dropping them off first at the elementary school. Only three other students besides himself are going all the way to the middle school. It's sure going to be a long ride this year.
Artie Jones had been in social studies last year with Sig. He is thinking that everyone will be deaf after riding with the elementary kids. He is also wondering about the other three middle schoolers.
Ras -- AKA George Brown -- is not listening to the noise. He is thinking about the advice given him by his brother Shaka -- formerly Lloyd -- to answer only to his new name. His father and mother don't understand the importance of the new names.
Kim Stevens is an orphan from China. His adopted father had driven him to school last year. He had felt a little strange in the unfamiliar surroundings, but he had made friends there. Now he is once more feeling a little strange.
In this story, Sig wonders about the old house that is going to be torn down. Last year, he had gone on a class trip to the museum and learned about the Egyptian and Chinese things that the owner of the house had given to the city. His mother knew the woman who cleaned the house before the old man died. Listening to their conversations, Sig had learned that some rooms were always locked. He wondered what treasures had been kept in those rooms.
Sig tells Artie about the old house and they both climb through a window and explore the rooms. They find a locked door and Sig finds a poker to break the lock. Artie complains that that would be violating the law and leaves the house.
Sig touches the door and it swings open. Apparently it had not been locked after all. Within the room, he discovers a box with four dragons on the illustrated top. Inside the box are puzzle pieces.
Sig puts together the silver pieces of the dragon Fafnir and suddenly finds himself in a smithy where Sigurd King's Son is making a sword. His name is now Sig Clawhand, for his right hand is defective. He is a hearth boy at the smithy of Mimir the master smith.
A one-eyed man appears and sends Sig to call Sigurd King's Son out to speak to him. The man gives Sigurd the pieces of the sword Balmung and Sigurd forges it into a very sharp weapon. When Sigurd leaves to kill Fafnir, Sig Clawhand accompanies him on the journey.
This tale shows Artie coming back to the house and putting together the red dragon Pendragon. Then Ras comes and puts together the pieces of the blue dragon Sirrush-lau. Finally, Kim puts together the golden dragon Shui Mien Lung.
Each boy experiences the life of another boy of their culture in an adventure involving a dragon. Of course, Pendragon and Shui Mien Lung were not really dragons per se, but were men who acquired the names of dragons. Enjoy!
Highly recommended for Norton fans and anyone else who enjoys tales of legendary heroes, fearsome dragons and high adventure.
-Arthur W. Jordin