Dragons in the Clouds by author David Blair is a spectacular tale of good versus evil and was magical to read. As such, I loved every second of this novel and I very much hope that there will be a sequel.
- Title: Dragons in the Clouds
- Author: David Blair
- Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
- Pages: 136
- Publisher: Words Matter Publishing on 11/16/2018
- Format: Electronic
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Dragons in the Clouds is an epic adventure that takes place during a time period when Dragons were alive and freely roamed the land. The people during this time were getting eaten by a vicious species of Dragon. The ruling King finally orders the total annihilation of all living dragons.”
“A powerful wizard named Merlinus, who is a friend to the king, does not agree with the Kings order, for Merlinus knows all Dragons are not what they seem. So he does what he must to protect a family of Dragons that he had befriended.”
“And to protect his Dragon friends, Merlinus performs the spell of weightlessness and tells the Dragons to fly up and hide in the cover of the Clouds. An unforeseen ability of the Dragons weightlessness spell is that a Dragon’s fire now looks like that of lightning and their roar is like that of thunder. Melinus tells the Dragons to live within the clouds and to only come down at night to eat.”
“An apprentice to the wizard who has grandeur of his own has a plan for Dragons that he has hidden deep within a mountain cavern.”
“Now enters a widowed mother, her young boy, who had also befriended a dragon, though a very young one.”
“They suddenly find themselves caught between the Kings order and a battle that has begun between two species of Dragon. A battle that would determine control of the skies above the Kingdom of Albian.”
“This Apprentice’s plan has consequences that may bring the Kingdom and perhaps the very world we live in today to a devastating end.”
My Review of Dragons in the Clouds:
This novel is a story within a story wherein a father returns home from a business trip where he met a strange old man. From this man, the father buys his daughter a trinket that is the figure of a dragon holding a crystal. What is special about this dragon figure and his crystal? Reading the book for yourself is the only way to find out. No spoilers from this reviewer!
The father regales the story of the dragon figure to his daughter, and the story of the figure fuels the entire rest of the book. Let’s just say that there is a lot of adventure, dragons, battles, dragons, humans, and wizards alike. Oh, did I mention that there are dragons?
For me, the novel starts out a bit slow, but as it progresses, the excitement and adventure are there and let me tell you, it was all I could do to breathe during the last half of the book.
I was so engrossed in the story, I read it in one night and held my breath most of the time.
The setting descriptions in this tale are otherworldly. I honestly saw rainbows and pearlescent clouds the whole time I was reading. Consequently, color plays a large part in my enthusiasm about this book. The characters are genuine and sometimes dastardly, the “good” guys are loveable and the “bad” guys are easy to hate. The plot flows smoothly and the ending is a perfect cliffhanger for this to be the first book in a series. However, even if there is no sequel, it is still a wonderfully mysterious ending. I think, possibly, I just have my hopes up for more of this tale.
I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about the book. While there were some mistakes in the editing process, it was nothing I couldn’t look over. After having fallen in love with this book, I don’t think anything could have put me off of it as the storytelling was terrific.
I had the privilege of talking to the author before I wrote my review and we talked about how his vision of the setting was more Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings, where I found it to be more medieval and Arthurian. I honestly love how readers have their own view of how a book reads to them. This one was like a movie for me.
It is my honor to award Dragons in the Clouds a full 5 out of 5 stars. Therefore, I recommend it to anyone who loves dragons and magic. Although, written with the Young Adult market in mind, I honestly believe that kids ages 1 – 101 will find something to love in this book.
I would like to thank the author, David Blair, for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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