ARC Review — Dragons in the Clouds

  • Title: Dragons in the Clouds
  • Author: David Blair 
  • Genre: Children’s fantasy
  • Pages: 101 pages
  • Publication date: November 16, 2018

Thank you, David Blair, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

Dragons in the Clouds begins as a charming story that a father tells his daughter. He explains that thunder and tornadoes are both actually created from dragons. From there, he spills into a story about Merlinius, David, and Rago. The king wants all the dragons gone, but a wizard named Merlinius has a plan that David and Rago get mixed up in.

This story is unique and feels like an old fairytale that you’d tell your children. It goes back and forth with the hope that the dragons will be okay by the end. Influences of old legends like King Arthur and the Round Table are present, but they don’t take over the story.

The plot itself stays still at the beginning, but then it picks up after a twisting sort of events. The ending leaves the readers with a bit of wonder about if magic is real after all.

The main thing that stood out to me was that I wished the characters were explored more. They didn’t change much throughout the course of the story, so I would’ve loved to see them grow and develop. The story also could benefit from some editing since it head hops a bit and repeats itself in a few spots.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this story. It’s a cute one that I’ll remember for quite a while.

Score: 7.3/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.49/5

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