Blast of the Dragon’s Fury is the first book in the newly launched Andy Smithson middle grade fantasy series by L.R.W. Lee. The story starts with a prologue explaining some of the background and helping set the stage for the main plot of the book and series. I felt the information in the prologue could have been sprinkled throughout the series of the books as Andy (the main character) learns more and more about the Land of Oomaldee, after being magically transported there by accident–or at least it seems that way at first. However, I do want to state the information shared in the prologue doesn’t change my overall feelings about the book. I just didn’t care for knowing so much upfront about the overall story plot for the series.
Andy, being a ten-year-old boy, doesn’t like that he is trapped in a strange land at first. He also thinks the many different characters in Oomaldee are a bit strange and finds things funny that they don’t understand about his world–like mailboxes, for instance. Maybe this is part of his motivation to ignore many of the rules and warnings he is given. Or maybe it is because he is a boy who likes to learn things the hard way as that is exactly what happens as the story unfolds.
Our anti-hero (Andy) isn’t completely on his own either. He becomes friends with Alden who is more than a boy in a castle that Andy discovers. I would share more about the book, but then it might give too many details away. The story plot is simple and easy to follow. There is no questionable subject matter that parents or educators need to worry about. In fact, if you have a reader who liked the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and/or Leven Thumps by Obert Skye, chances are your reader will enjoy this new series for middle grade fantasy readers.
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 http://tinyurl.com/bnfe6axPowered by Sidelines