Friday, October 29, 2010

Raising Dragons Review

Raising Dragons is a contemporary fantasy novel that inspires young people to dig deep within to find their God-given strengths and use them to overcome any obstacle. It is both a hair-raising, modern-day adventure and a glimpse into another world—a world of knights, dragons, and fair maidens.
A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn’t the normal, morning-mouth bad; it’s the hot-as-fire, "don’t-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys’ restroom at school, and his parents learn that they’ve kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that’s a piece of news a guy doesn’t deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn’t understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she’s looking for. (from the official site)

Don't tell me you expect to hear more about the plot I mean the official summary is huge enough :P 

So here we have a Christian literature story. When i picked it, i had many many doubts about it. I have my own thoughts for God and stuff so i wasn't really sure if i can read the book. Well, i have to say i enjoy it! The book is written like child's fairytale with all the adventure and magic. I like how it was fast with many turns. The whole story with the dragons turning human and have dragon-kids and the background story with King Arthur create something unique in a way. Even though i guessed the bad guy from the very start it had some really good surprising scenes. It wasn't a cliche story with dragons and princesses,etc. We also follow more than once character's POV. We even see the bad guy when he schedules things, something that most writers like to keep it secret and it was still making me nervous on how will end or what to follow next.

As for the characters they were developed pretty good. We see a perfect image of the main characters and we learn more about the secondary ones as the story goes. But still we not see everything. The story continues so it keeps some things secret.

The only thing i couldn't understand and it was confusing me was the connection between God and all this magic stuff. Like they were dragons in Bible? For me that certain connection didn't work out at all. It didn't convince me.

Anyway, i think the book was a good fairytale. Not in the "wow" category but not in the "nah" one as well. I think the people who will most enjoy the story will be under 18. Not that someone older can't. If i was a parent i would read to my child though. It's a good fantasy start alongside Narnia or Harry Potter.

Thanks AMG Publishers for providing an ARC


  1. Thanks for the review! I often have trouble relating to books with religious stuff in it too.

  2. They are special...some of them are really good though!

  3. Yiota: I'm not sure but our religion talks about Saint George, who killed the Dragon....

  4. It was something like dragons turn human i think. I will check it out and tell you.

  5. Here it is Nina:

  6. Aha!! Ok then....Yeah, I don't know if sth like that ecxists too....


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