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Dragonkyn

by Nathan Jones

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Dragonkyn by Nathan Jones

"Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but he also used to think ice cream trucks didn’t sell ice cream and dragons were just fairy tales. Now he knows better. With skin that can’t be burned and strange powers he can’t explain, Marc soon discovers the truth: he is part dragon. And as he joins his fellow dragonkyn, his closest friends could quickly become his greatest enemies. "

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ISBN-13:
9781462119783
9781462119783
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Pages:
224
224
Sales rank:
1,198,105
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

2017-03-22
A YA fantasy features an underprivileged teen who starts displaying fantastic powers.In this first installment of a series, young Marc Mondragon of Rifle, Colorado, is dirt poor. He and his mother, Jenny, struggle in the absence of his fireman father, who died. Making life worse are two thin bumps on his shoulder blades that might be cancerous and Deputy Brandwhite, who chases him for graffiti he didn't spray. Marc has also been experiencing haunting dreams about a creature "speaking fire." One day, after a night of pursuit by the deputy—which led the teen to an odd-smelling drainage pipe—Marc makes himself a grilled cheese sandwich. When he uses the wrong portion of the electric stovetop, he burns his hand but feels no pain. In his excitement, he bikes to the diner where Jenny works to show her. Elsewhere, the wealthy James Leopold Drakesel fears for his family's legacy. He's contracted the coldblooded Stone Stajinkski to kill numerous children who pose some sort of threat. Marc, meanwhile, encounters a cocky young skater named Steve Yabloka, who offers to get him a new skateboard. Later Marc learns that Steve is like him, impervious to flame, and even able to control it. It turns out that they both belong to the Dragonkyn. Crafting a sure-footed fantasy with familiar elements, Jones (Boy Who Ate America, 2007) grips readers with brisk pacing and a winning mythos. He also excels in portraying the teen traumas of acne, bullies, and classroom crushes, all underlined by an X-Men-style barrage of superpowers, including telekinesis and Firespew (spouting fire). Evocative prose lifts the narrative above the average coming-of-age action fantasy ("In his very pores a new relationship was forming with the gaseous alien called fire"). Throughout, Jones uses a substance called lix, which Dragonkyn drink from a canteen as a supposed performance enhancer, to warn against teen alcohol abuse. Agile storytelling allows readers to see the threat of rogue Dragonkyn in New York City and potentially elsewhere in future installments. A blowout ending should ensure readers will return.A superhero series opener that should work quick, indelible magic on audiences.

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I can't wait to read the next book in this series! (I'm assuming t ...
I can't wait to read the next book in this series! (I'm assuming there will be more - SOON I hope) To me, this book is perfect for young adults - exciting, age-appropriate and with more than enough adventure for parents too. It has all the elements I loved about the "Harry Potter" series as well as the intrigue of the boys who transform into wolves in the "Twilight" series. This author has a brilliant mind and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.
- Anonymous
February 23, 2017
An amazing read!! Could easily rival the "Tilight" series, in scop ...
An amazing read!! Could easily rival the "Tilight" series, in scope AND detail! Beautifully written...
- Sturdevant
February 23, 2017
I used to teach jr. high aged boys and this book would have been p ...
I used to teach jr. high aged boys and this book would have been perfect for my students. The characters are, as my students would have said, "relatable," i.e., easy to identify with and fun to follow. The protagonist, a boy who discovers he has dragon genes and is suddenly developing remarkable new powers--and, as a result, attracting attention in ways both good and bad--thinks and speaks in true young teen language that manages to avoid profanity, making this book a great find for parents and educators looking for well-written, exciting but wholesome teen fiction. I thought the book was a little too violent, however, more graphic than it needed to be. The prose is solid, concise, creative, and energetic. The narrative, composed in short chapters, jumps effortlessly between important characters and locations, and does so without evoking a "where are we? what's happening? who's this?" reaction in the reader; rather, Nathan Jones' technique moves the story briskly along, continually answering questions while raising new ones, and always building suspense. This novel appears to be the first in what I hope will be a long lived series. Jones has created a roster of characters in an intriguing situation that I can imagine leading to many future adventures with fictional kids I care about pursuing aims of great importance.
- RHM27
March 3, 2017
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