DREAMWALKER – Red Dragon Academy – Book 1
By: Rhys Bowen & C.M. Broyles
* I received a free electronic copy of this book from http://www.netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Addison was just a normal seventh grade girl who liked to surf and hang out at the mall. Her life seemed pretty good. That is, it was good until her mom died.
Addy is whisked off to a boarding school in Wales; an ocean away from her old life. This is how she ends up attending the Red Dragon Academy.
When exploring the hallways of Red Dragon Academy Addy discovers that instead of leading to another part of the school, the hallways instead lead to another world.
Addy has always had very vivid dreams. But now those dreams have power and that power has made her the enemy of the ruler of the world accessed through the hall mirror.
Since the Harry Potter series concluded there has been a gaping hole in the genre of Middle-Grade fiction. The Harry Potter phenomenon brought a whole generation of children into the world of fiction. JK Rowling was able to draw kids away from the television and away from their video games and have them discover the pleasure of immersing themselves in a good book and in using their imaginations. The RED DRAGON ACADEMY series may be just the series that will take Harry Potter’s place in the fiction world.
This book has all the elements that made the Harry Potter series so compelling, but it is also vastly different. Although both series take place in “magical” schools, the Red Dragon Academy is nothing like Hogwarts and Addison (Addy) is nothing like Harry and this is a good thing.
Once children begin to learn of this book’s existence it is only a matter of time before copies start flying off bookstore shelves. This series has the potential to instill a love of reading to the next generation.
With chapter titles like: “I Meet a Killer Horse,” and “What The Heck are Bangers and Mash?” readers are sure to be intrigued.
I love the creatures dreamed up by these two talented authors. A horse “its face was like a skull and through the empty eye sockets and the nostrils there came fire” that is called a “Nightmare”. Awesome! I love the play on words.
Readers of all ages will find something to love about this book. It is filled with humor and intelligence along with a fascinating new world to discover, readers will continue thinking about this book long after reading the last page.
My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This book is authored by the mother-daughter team of Rhys Bowen and C.M. Broyles.
Rhys Bowen is a “New York Times” Bestselling Author and has won multiple awards.
C.M. Broules has degrees in both music and literature. This is her first attempt at fiction.
To learn more about the author visit http://www.facebook.com/rhysbowenauthor