Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury (Book 1 of the Andy Smithson series)

Ten-year-old Andy Smithson lands with a thud on a cold, hard floor. He hears the sounds of breaking glass, things falling and something fizzing. It’s pitch dark. Strange smells erupt around him. So begin Andy’s adventures in the Land of Oomaldee. 

From the After Life, dead King Hercalon IV is tired of waiting. Put nicely, his daughter, Imogenia, is being difficult. She cast a curse on her brother, Kaysan, for murdering her. After 500 years, she’s still ticked at him and is refusing to lift it. The King thrusts Andy, through no fault of his own, into this “sticky” situation to resolve the impasse. 

Family issues? That’s not the half of it. Andy has a few issues of his own to deal with, like that tiny problem of him single-handedly flooding the castle, nearly destroying it. But wait, there’s more… After barely surviving quicksand, giants, capture and vicious vulture attacks, Andy fails to retrieve a red dragon scale, an ingredient critical in breaking the curse. Now, he faces the biggest challenge of his life, defeating the evil King Abaddon, monarch of Oomaldee’s northern neighbor. Will he survive a battle with this ferocious, seven-headed-fire-breathing dragon? Will the curse ever be broken? Will he ever return to his normal life?

Overall Thoughts: Author L.R.W. Lee has it all in this riveting middle grade reader epic fantasy. There are many layers in the story from middle grade reader to even the adult reader, making this a book we can see becoming a crossover between readerships. This series isn’t only about action and adventure either. Lee has laced in many moral narratives. You can tell she has studied the masters and from there drew inspiration for a fantasy adventure those who love Harry Potter, Lord of the Ring, Chronicles of Narnia, etc. have been waiting for. The first book in Andy Smithson series sets up a compelling plotline that from interviews with Lee has reviled is planned to be a seven book series. But it doesn’t stop there. Lee has also built in teaching guides for Homeschoolers and teachers. You can find more details and study guides on L.R.W. Lee’s website.

We were impressed with “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” and look forward to reading the other books as they release from the Andy Smithson series.

List Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-1482312645
Specs:  Paperback, 245 pp.

Wholesale Orders:
Ingram, Baker & Taylor
Direct from the author

You can find out more about L.R.W. Lee, her middle grade fantasy adventure series and her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

Twitter: @LRWLee

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