Author: Dan Elish
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
With a sprinkle of humor and a double dose of action, The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons is sure to be a hit with kids and even their parents.
When Ike Rupert Hollingsberry starts getting strange messages about how his father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, he starts to question what really happened all those years ago. Things get even more interesting when a giant locust attacks outside of his school. That was exactly how his father was killed on the show. Ike works together with Elmira Hand, who is in his class and keeps a blog about the show. After Ike kills the locusts, he is taken to a secret location to become the next in line to lead the Royal Order of the Fighting Dragons. What everyone thought was just a TV show turns out to be real, the locusts, the dragons and those fighting to keep the world safe.
With a diverse group of characters and a magical story, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, the storyline flowed and there were just enough twists and turns to keep things very interesting. Ike is unsure of himself just enough to make him the right lead character, he’s not cocky or whiny because of the blows life has dealt him. He is able to rise to the occasion and see the potential in his team and use that to carry on and not be set back. Having Elmira find the bylaws and use that as a way to bring his friends into the story when they weren’t part of the order was a great way to move the story along and keep it believable. The ending and how a few of the characters played out didn’t fit just right for me, thought they could have used a little more fleshing out before doing a one eighty on attitudes. I feel that this is just the first in a series and am looking forward to where the next will go. This was written very appropriately for the age group it is intended for with no language and the violence kept to a minimum. I really appreciate when an author stays true to whom they are writing to and keeps it age appropriate. It has become so common to see harsh language and themes suggested that are not appropriate for little eyes to read. I recommend this for kids who enjoy a good magical action story with a little bit of history and humor sprinkled in for good measure.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.