Series: Dragon Realms #1
Audience: Middle Grade
Length: 319 pages
Date of Publication: 3rd September 2020 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Deep within the mountain, a great creature stirred in its sleep. Its eyes rolled back in its head, and its wings jerked wide open…
When 12-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a summer camp in middle-of-nowhere China he doesn’t know what to expect. There he meets fellow campers Dylan, Charlotte and Ling-Fei and together they stumble upon an age-old secret: four powerful warrior dragons, hidden deep within the mountain behind the camp. They have been trapped since an epic battle with the Dragon of Death and need the children’s help to set them free before terrible evil is unleashed on the earth. Billy and his friends must set off on a dangerous adventure that will take them to the heart of the Dragon Realm. But can they save the dragon and human worlds from destruction?
From the authors of Sam Wu come a fun and action-packed fantasy adventure full of friendship, high stakes, and a lot of dragon magic.
This is the first of all Katie and Kevin Tsang’s Middle Grade books that I’ve read (my sister and I own a couple of the Sam Wu books) and I really enjoyed it. It has a rich world full of mythology, history, culture and you can really get a hint of all that in both the human and dragon realms.
However, what makes this book are the children and the dragons. Before we even meet the dragons, all four main children (Billy, Charlotte, Dylan and Ling-Fei) in the story, all from varying backgrounds and cultures, are thrown together and have to work with their individual talents towards a common goal. As you can imagine, there is a little animosity, a little bickering as they try to find their feet up in the mountains and work together, and I like that they’re constantly learning about each other, building trust and becoming friends. When they meet the dragons, it’s clear their bonds will strengthen and it was fun to see all four react with them, see their individual treasure hoards and find their dragon counterparts. It was lovely, sweet and you can see that the friendships will undoubtedly grow as the series develops.
Plot wise, it is a little on the darker side for a Middle Grade and it does end on a cliffhanger, but I can see that the action and high stakes will certainly keep a younger reader engrossed in the story and wanting more.