Title: She Dreamed of Dragons
Author Name: Elizabeth J.M. Walker
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: Approx. 234 pages
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9947490-6-2
Print ISBN: 978-0-9947490-5-5
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
This is a re-release tour. Book previously published through a different publishing company.
About She Dreamed of Dragons:
Trina is a fifteen-year-old dragon mage in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards – the same people who have brought dragons and other magical creatures near extinction. Trina can barely control her fire powers and is desperate for an apprenticeship, but finding a fellow dragon mage to be her teacher is proving more difficult than coming across an actual dragon.
Then there’s the Royal Tourney – a competition presented by the Queen to find a successor to the throne. Trina heads to the competition in the hopes of sparking some interest in the mage society and earning herself an apprenticeship.
She never intended to be a frontrunner in the competition.
She never meant to catch the attention of the evil witch trying to take over the throne.
She never expected to fall for a wizard.
Now Trina must face tough decisions about who she is and who she could become. Trina must ask herself: Can she really win the Royal Tourney?
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
I had the opportunity to read this story to review as part of the tour.
For the most part, it was exactly what I expected. Although it is classified as YA (I’m assuming because the age of the characters) it reads more like a middle grade fantasy. It is clean–no foul language and aside from a couple of kisses and the singular use of the term ‘make out’, I feel it is appropriate for a younger audience–I’d let my 10 year-old read it where most YA books would have to wait until she’s older. I’d say this one is a great way to introduce kids to fantasy books and would recommend it as a precursor to books like Harry Potter.
I really liked the characters. I felt that each one was well developed and I liked the way the characteristics of the mages’ magic comes through in their personalities. Trina, as a dragon mage, has powers involving fire. While fire can be uncontrolled and destructive, it can also be warm and comforting. At various points in the story, Trina embodies these very characteristics. Her cousin Eddy is a pixie mage and he can be mischievous and doesn’t tend to take things as seriously as he should but he shouldn’t be discounted for there is more to him than meets the eye. These are just a couple of examples of the incredible way Walker weaves magic into her characters.
The story itself is wonderful. It is well written and achieves the level of believability I like to see in a fantasy. Yes, it is in a magical world where magic is an everyday occurrence but the people still act like people inevitably do. There is prejudice–which effects the Trina, Eddy and Trina’s sister (who is a Nonnie- non-magical) as the only non-witch-or-wizard contestants in the tournament. Despite the way she’s treated by the majority of those around her, Trina still manages to treat others fairly and with acceptance rarely shown to her. The way Trina reacts to others makes this story more than just a fantasy- it also reinforces the merits of human decency. (There is part of the story that kinda reminds me of the episode of Sofia the First where they have the princess test… yes, I also watch kids shows… BTW Sofia is one of my favorites because she exhibits a lot of the same characteristics I admire in Trina.)
I mentioned before that the story was mostly what I expected. There are a few twists I didn’t see coming but I will say they fit much better than the path I thought the story would take. And while there aren’t a lot of details in this particular part of the story, I feel that Trina’s actions begin to reflect what you’d expect in a YA. (I feel I need to clarify something. Trina is a mature character, probably more mature than most YA characters with her developed sense of responsibility and duty. But part of YA is learning to make the tough decisions and she does this by going off-script–it’s one of those twist things–and that is as much of a spoiler as you’re going to get!)
I would gladly pick up another book by this author and if she ever decides to tell what happened in the mountains, I will be first in line to read it!
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Meet the Author:
Elizabeth J. M. Walker lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has always loved books and writing. As a teen she discovered zines, which inspired her to publish her own litzine of odd fairy tales for over a decade.
She Dreamed of Dragons is her first novel.
Connect with her on her website: www.elizabethjmwalker.com
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