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Dragon's Green (Worldquake) Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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"In vivid, inviting prose, Thomas deftly evokes an original, intriguing post-technological Earth looming with evil where 'books are magic' and memorable misfits become heroes. A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Filled with fantastical events and flourishes of intricate detail, this middle-grade series starter is tailor-made for Harry Potters fans: an array of unique and likable characters aiding a hero in an adventure of a lifetime." (Booklist)
"Recommended for readers looking for fantasy, magic, and a new world to explore." (School Library Journal)
*A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
*A SUMMER 2017 KIDS' INDIE NEXT LIST PICK
About the Author
Scarlett Thomas was born in London. She is the author of the Worldquake series, which includes Dragon’s Green and The Chosen Ones. She is also the author of nine books for adults, including PopCo, The End of Mr. Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and Our Tragic Universe. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.
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(The cover freaking GLOWS IN THE DARK, PPL!!)
I got this before I realized that the dragon was, in fact, the villain of the story. (Or rather, A villain... He's only the villain for part of it.)
I don't generally go for books that have the dragon as the villain... but after reading it I'd say I like it anyway. It's one of those "people can actually go into books and gain powers and items from them" sort of stories. It's got a clever magic/world system and good characters.
My one complaint is that it didn't have a lot of time to focus on all of the cast... I especailly wanted to see exaclty how Raven wound up joining the main group... but I do understand that some details had to be cut for time.
I am very much looking forward to book 2 of the series. And I hope whoever did THIS cover does a version for the next book.
The world has changed since the great Worldquake, one that has split the real world from the magical one. Not that most people in the real world will admit that a magical one even exists and many simply don't know it. Effie's grandfather seems to be magical, but she can't be sure since her father has forbidden him from ever speaking about or teaching her magic. When Effie's grandfather dies and leaves her several boons as well as an impressive library, her magical journey begins. Her first quest is to save her newly inherited and mysteriously magical library from evil hands.
This was one of the best middle grade fantasy novels I've read in a while. The world is so rich and alluring that it's impossible not dream that it might really be true. Packed full of wondrous, childlike fantasy, everything from princesses to dragons to hot buns and portals makes an appearance. The feeling of awe seeps in around every bend. Still, there's enough touch of the familiar to keep it all in place. The starting world is much like our own, only that the internet has disappeared, leaving people to run around with pagers.
Adventure is key as Effie heads out to discover not only a magical world she knows nothing about, but also the secret about her grandfather. The steady paced action holds many unexpected twists and is sprinkled with excitingly dangerous situations which take more than luck and muscle to work through. Thanks to Effie's fairly quick wit, a group of new found friends, and unexpected extended family along the way, the complex world unfolds bit by bit. Told in third person, the narration offers quirky little tidbits here and there, and sprinkles in the right amount of humor when needed.
A careful balance is held between the adventure and the unfolding information concerning the complex world. This curbs the action a bit, allowing the characters to develop and the rules of the magical world to start to lay a solid foundation. The layers are deep, and many questions still need to be answered. But this is the great beginning to what promises to be an unforgettable magical journey in the rest of the series.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and enjoyed drowning myself in this world so much that I had to leave my honest thoughts and opinions.
Author Scarlett Thomas offers a new take on magic in Dragon’s Green, the first book in her Worldquake series.
At first glance, Dragon’s Green seems a little formulaic — a child discovering magical powers and using them to thwart evildoers. Once you start ready, though, you realize there’s much more to the book.
Dragon’s Green isn’t as straightforward as the Harry Potter series. It feels, instead, more like The Neverending Story. The magical world unfolds in bits and pieces, allowing the reader to experience it just as Effie does.
Author Scarlett Thomas has created a unique world where magic exists in the most unexpected places. Dragon’s Green isn’t just told from Effie’s point of view. Readers also get to know her friends, although Maximilian gets much more attention here. I’m excited to see all the children develop as the series advances.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.