Monday, October 17, 2016

REVIEW: The Firedragon


Flynn Nightsider .5:
The Firedragon
By: Mary Fan

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: Glass House Press
Publication date: 4.15.2014
Pages: 80

Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 6.25.2016


I have always been extremely impressed with the writing of Mary Fan, so when I was given the opportunity to read this book (and the next one), I was super excited.  I read it months ago, and loved it, but every time I sat down to write a review of it, I just could not find the words.  Still can't, to be honest.  It is such a good story.  Her character descriptions are so good, especially when it comes to her monsters.  There are lots of dimensions to each person, and the adventure, though far from reality in her little worlds, are worded so well that you can almost see everything playing out before your eyes, can almost imagine yourself as the main character.  I really like her little Firedragon and think that, as a young adult book, it should be on a lot of young folks' lists.


About the book:
About a hundred years ago, the Enchanters defeated the Lord of the Underworlds in one of the most fearsome wars the world has ever seen.  The public thinks that this victory means the people are safe. But they're wrong.  The supernatural beasts the Lord unleashed remain on the earth, multiplying and ravaging what's left of civilization.  As long as these monsters exist, mankind will be in danger.  And though the government, ruled by the magic-wielding Enchanters, seeks to protect their people, they are too few in number.  They need the Defenders - a special class of non-magical humans - to fight the monsters.  The Defenders are an elite force, and mankind's only hope against the horrors that live beyond their gates.
            Fourteen-year-old Aurelia "the Firedragon" Sun has been training since she could walk to become a Defender, and her extraordinary combat skills have earned the attention of the powerful government.  In fact, she's been tapped to represent her nation in an international monster-fighting competition, which pits champions from across the globe against creatures of the Underworld in a violent spectacle.  If she wins, she will become a full-fledged member of the Defender force.
            But as Aurelia moves deeper into the competition, she realizes that all is not as it appears.  There's something sinister behind the competition, something that could change the way she sees everything and the Enchanters, it seems, are not the heroes she thought.  Aurelia begins to ask questions.  But before she can discover the truth, she is pitted against the most dangerous monster in the competition - one that will take her life if it can.

About the author:
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of "what if."  As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions.  Now, she tells them through books - a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.
            Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University.  When she's not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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