I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.
Genre: Fantasy Age Range: lower MG Star Rating: 4 stars Series: yes - book 2
*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for DRAGON MOUNTAIN*
Billy Chan and his friends are not having a very relaxing summer. Their friend, Dylan, has been kidnapped by the evil Dragon of Death and it’s up to them to travel through time, back to the dangerous Dragon Realm, in order to save him.
Luckily they have their own dragons on side, but they’ll need to collect eight magical pearls if they’re to amass enough power to destroy the Dragon of Death and her followers for good.
So begins an epic quest that will take them to the depths of the Frozen Wasteland and the imperial palaces of Ancient China. But can good triumph evil?
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The second book in the Dragon Realm series, DRAGON LEGEND is an action packed ride aimed at children on the lower end of MG.
With a missing friend, a big theme of this book is working as a group and trusting one another. From gaining “power boosts” when working to protect one another, to conversations about wanting to trust the boy, JJ, they’ve ended up with instead of Dylan.
Unlike the first book, I wasn’t expecting it to be set in our world, but in the portal fantasy realm of dragons (hence the series title, shhhh, I don’t always cotton on to these things…) I liked that the kids, mainly Billy (as he’s the main character and so we get a glimpse into his private thoughts and conversations) were missing their parents and talking about wanting to see them. Often, parents can get forgotten in all age ranges of children’s fiction (if they’re not dead, because most children’s hero/ines seem to be orphans), and so to see these kids longing for their family shows a happy, loving relationship we often don’t get to read about.
We go deeper into the world this time, to a frozen land, and transparent sea, and a sea of blood (ick, yuck, I’m squeamish and that setting was *shivers like a big blob of jelly*). It was fun to see the authors stretch their creative muscles to bring a range of new landscapes to life, differentiating this book from the last. PLUS, we go back in time to Ancient China and the Forbidden City!
The promo around this series seems to be saying it’s for readers 9+, and yes, every child is different, but the 9+ year olds I know found this series .too young for them. It’s a very easy to read story, and with more simplistic story lines and themes than some other books sold as MG. It’s the 7-8 year olds who have been enjoying this series more. If you’re looking for kids at that younger end of MG, then I highly recommend this series.
The third book, DRAGON CITY, comes out in September. I somewhat dread what the authors’ deadlines must be like to churn these books out in 6 monthly increments, but on the other hand I am glad I get to continue the story sooner! It ends of quite the cliffhanger…
Read my reviews of other books by Katie and Kevin Tsang:
Dragon Realm (this series):
- DRAGON MOUNTAIN (#1)
- DRAGON CITY (#3)
- DRAGON RISING (#4)
- DRAGON DESTINY (#5)
For Young Adult books by Katherine Webber (Katie Tsang), see We.