A secret magical site hidden in the Pacific Northwest conjures a dragon in hopes to use it for the military, which turns out to be a really bad idea.
Plot: This is an engaging and captivating story. There is a perfect blend of innocence and ominousness that draws the reader in and doesn't let go until the final pages.
Prose/Style: The author demonstrates strong command of language with engaging dialogue, balanced description, and nuanced characterization. This work was truly a pleasure to read.
Originality: Because this work centers on magic, it will inevitably bring characters like Harry Potter to mind. However, it is a testament to the captivating story line that such beloved books are soon forgotten as the universe presented here commands all attention. The story is distinctive, fresh, and original with a creative plot and entertaining characters.
Character Development/Execution: The author creates living, breathing characters, especially Harris, who despite his conjuring abilities, is entirely human and completely relatable. He is the most developed of a cast of colorful characters including, most notably, Xop, an adorable imp with a puppy dog nose.
Blurb: A fun and truly magical experience, this charming book offers just the right blend of fantasy and reality that will leave readers wanting more.
Date Submitted: April 02, 2021