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The Dragon Who Would Be King
Anne Peters (Author), Averiel Hossley (Illustrator)
Pub date August 17, 2021
Price $13.50 (USD) Hardcover, $10.00 Paperback
Peters’s debut children’s fantasy contains all the elements of a riveting tale—adorable characters, exhilarating quests, and villainous fiends. It has been ages since the magical creatures of Zaraphella have lived in harmony with mankind. After humans wreaked havoc on once peaceful land, the inhabitants of Zaraphella were forced to go into hiding. Now the mighty king of the dragons King Shadowblaz’s only hope is an ancient prophecy, according to which, a dragon, with the help of a human, will rise up and save Zaraphella from the clutches of the evil sorcerer. But who are those saviors? And where are they? Peters’s prose is brisk as she weaves vivid fantastical details into the brisk narrative. The worldbuilding is fully-realized and authentic. But what sets this series opener apart is Peters’s exquisite blend of fantasy, mythology, and folklore, bolstering the particulars of the world she creates here. Glenbrook is a total scene-stealer, and his growth from a young hatchling to responsible dragon is convincing. The equally compelling secondary cast, particularly Dahlen, Shadowblaze, Honeyrose, Greta, expands the world’s scope. The satisfying, heartwarming finale promises even more adventures. Immersive, splendid, delightful; a page turner.