A fantasy to treasure
Author David Blair makes his literary debut with this fine fantasy book for youngsters. He knows and understands the attraction of the theme of Dragons: it is likely his readers will have experienced their parent’s obsession with the Game Of Thrones series in which dragons play a major role. And look to the current plethora of animated films that focus on these exceptional beasts – this book is very well timed for audience appeal.
In his Foreword, David sets the tone of this short but very well developed story – ‘Remember when you were young, being stuck inside because it was raining heavily outside. You and your siblings would be in your room, staring out the window watching the raindrops gathering into puddles. The thunder in the distance would be getting louder, and you knew it was coming your way. You and your brother or sister would run out to the living room. So you could get a better view when the lightning started. But the real reason you ran out to the living room is because that was where your parents were and you really wanted the security of your parents being there in the same room… But! What if I told you, you had every reason to be scared!!! What if I told you that lightning really is fire being blown from a Dragons mouth and that the thunder was a Dragons ROAR!! Dragons in the Clouds will reveal all that has been kept secret up until this day.’
And with that well-scribed note to his readers, David begins a fantasy adventure that rivals the best of them. We journey to the land of Albion and learn of the duplicity of dragons – those who eat people and those who have been granted the spell of being able to fly – thanks to the wizardry of one Meriinius. The plot involves the misguided laws against dragons by King Arturus (just one of the fine bits of parody in the author’s writing!), the salvation of the cloud-housed dragons, the impact of the young apprentice, David, and the conversations among the dragons and with the human characters make this explanation of the secret of thunder and lightning a treasure.
The story is brief (just over 100 pages) making it the right size for the intended audience of ages 8 – 12 years, while at the same time offering a quick read for adults who still treasure imagination. This is an excellent by a new writer of skills. Recommended.
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