J. S. Burke
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Dragon Lightning is book 2 in the Dragon Dreamer series. It's a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unlikely friendships. This science fantasy is layered for readers age 9 to adult.
Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea . . .
Arak was mocked as a worthless dreamer until he and Scree, a fearless undersea misfit, saved the dragons. Now dragons and octopi sail north in search of mythical ice dragons. They find Drakor and a terrifying reality. When Scree enters the abyss to check his volcano, she discovers everyone is in peril. Can this crew of unlikely friends save three realms?
THE FEAST CONTINUES
Settle in with your hot cocoa and embark on another quest on the high seas, undersea, and volcanos. Discover the new ice world with our intrepid explorers . . . old friends—Arak, Scree, Orm and Dorali as they find new adventures and friends. We meet Drakor, of the legendary ice dragons, explore the new world again and tangle with the giant squids. But my favorite surprise was the discovery that the fabled Sunset dragons may exist. We don’t get to see them, but there are definite signs that we might in the next book. Yes? Please!
Arak and Scree are as fearless as ever, but Dorali comes into her own in this story and an unlikely love develops. The dragons still paint the sky and create beautiful ice patterns, and the Octopi underwater art is vivid. I loved the description of the Octopi dancing, though I think my favorite parts are the legends and stories about Dragon and Octopus culture that Ms. Burke weaves skillfully throughout the book. Her descriptions are lusciously vivid: for instance, when the Octopi applaud, they lift their arms above their heads, “changed to rainbow colors and wove words of praise through the sea.” Every word is carefully crafted to weave a sparkling and beautiful image. “Arak rose before dawn and strolled through a glass forest that glowed in the moonlight. Every twig was coated with ice, twinkling like earthbound stars.”
Ms. Burke also does not shy away from using the many experiences the characters have as “life-lessons.” Without being preachy this story deals with many social issues that we face today, like climate and environment change, that everything is connected, and the significance of self-valuation—of not letting your peers affect your sense of self, of following your own potential, and the importance of understanding those who have different beliefs than ours. My favorite quote, “The seal of approval that matters is our own.”
Once again, Ms. Burke has delivered a delightful, fun-filled and pertinent tale for all ages. She gives us a world we can use to escape this mundane plane, without ignoring the central issues we face everyday. I would love to see this book in school libraries. Thank you for sharing your world with us. I can’t wait for book III.
Most Highly Recommended