Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jake & the Dragons of Asheville by Brian Kacica

Jake is an unusual kid.  If he gets upset, he can blow smoke out of his mouth.  And, if he's not careful, he can also blow fire...

Magic Penny Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Dragons fascinate me.  I read a lot of fantasy. This one is written for middle graders and it has a good plot.

It begins with odd things happening in the woods.  The land belongs to the richest man in town and he has allowed the government to do some exploration and testing there.  Of course, they both want the same thing:  They are after dragons...

People die in this story so don't give it to a child that can't handle that.  Another aspect I didn't like was that the rich man's son was an "imbecile".  That made him good for laughing at but it's not a laughable matter.  His father should have found him some help, not just shuttled him around from place to place out of his way.

The soldiers are trying to find Jake.  He meets an old dragon and finds he's the relative of a long-ago legend, and he has magic to use in the fight against the dragon killers.  He even develops a girlfriend along the way.

The story is busy and exciting and I found it an enjoyable read.  Dragon lovers will like this book.  

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