Published: 11th May 2017
Publisher: Magic Penny Press
Author: Brian Kacica
In a small, sleepy town in North Carolina, thirteen-year-old Jake Winston has discovered he carries a unique genetic trait; one that a covert government agency will stop at nothing to obtain. After the tragic death of his father, a local firefighting hero, Jake’s absent grandfather returns and sends him on a journey into the gated forest at the edge of town, bringing Jake face-to-face with a family of ancient dragons thought long extinct.
Determined to grasp the power of the blood flowing through Jake’s veins, the agent from the secret ONX facility begins killing every dragon in his path. This forces Jake in the middle of a battle between the government and the dragons of Asheville, where the true potential of his power is revealed.
Interesting journey Jake goes through to find the truth about who he really is and what he is capable of. Dragons aren’t just a myth in the town of Asheville but part of its history. Jake is about to find out just how close that history links to him and his family. All starts after his father dies and his estranged drunk of a grandfather comes back on the scene.
There seem to be a lot of different people who are after the dragons. To find out whether they do truly exist, or if they already know they do, trying to find ways to make money off them or experiment on them. To what purpose is never really explained, just that they are being hunted.
Jake’s not alone in his journey, his school friend Arnie tags along and as he is a tech pro in the making good to have on your side in times of need. Carrie seemed a bit more with it but mixed up more than she thought due to who her family is. Amanda on the other hand who kept popping up was just a really annoying, clingy, stuck up princess who wanted everything her way.
Characters could have been developed a bit more and maybe delved more into the dragons lives, history, how they have stayed hidden and what they have been doing this whole time while waiting for a saviour – that being Jake it seems.
Would say that the cops are a bit lapse in that town, they stop Jake speeding twice, once with his grandfather in the car and once on his own, and given the fact he is 13, do nothing but send him on his way. What so just because he works with dragons to save the town at the end it gives him free range to drive?
Aimed at a younger audience with style and feel of writing, somewhere between children and young adult – as there are some violent elements. Fantasy elements and myths for the most part which was interesting but then there were some slap stick moments with burps and fart jokes from his younger sister. So not completely fitting in one box, which could be a problem with getting the right target audience. It was an easy going read all the same though.
3 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.