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June 03 2013 @ 10:50 pm
Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury by L.R.W. Lee  
Title: Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury
Series: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, 1
Author: L. R. W. Lee
Pages: 200
Rating:
Links: Paperback, Kindle

Book Description:
From the After Life, ten-year-old Andy Smithson’s relatives initiated a curse 500 years ago. Now they no longer agree it should continue and one is willing to sacrifice Andy’s life to end it. Unaware of the disagreement and with no say in the matter, Andy is unexpectedly and magically transported from his home. He finds himself in the Land of Oomaldee, facing mortal danger at every turn as he seeks to find a scale from a rare red dragon, the most ferocious of dragon species, to break the curse and save his life.

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
Not exactly set up for any reader. I'm an adult. I like young adult novels but I think this is geared for a grade-schooler who would like to read about adventures and medieval time settings. It is a good series to get them set up for heavier books like Lord of the Rings or Knights of the Round Table type stories.

Andy is a young kid who essentially finds himself pulled into a magical world where he has been chosen to help break a curse. The thing is that Andy sees the world from a child's perspective so a grand adventure and dragons is rather scary. The nice thing about this story is that the author caters to that aspect of a child's personality but giving Andy the tools he needs to overcome his fear.

I think there are a lot of life and moral messages for a child in this book and that is one thing I truly liked about this series and would definitely consider getting it for my young cousins who would love reading about a child much like themselves who gets to go on a grand adventure.

The situation and the transitions from one scene to the next are kind of choppy but I think for a children's book not that noticeable to the child reading it.

Overall a good book for a grade-schooler but maybe not an adult reader.