Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude
Bentwhistle the Dragon is an excellently written dragon fantasy novel. The dragons live along side humans in their human form and are there to protect us, but hidden beneath the earth is another world where they can be in their true form. The dragon world created was very visual and it is clear the author spent a lot of time creating this world in great detail.
It was easy to lose myself in the story from the start, my curiosity was piqued with the slaying of the dragon and the knight who had defeated him. At one point during the telling of the ‘real’ story of George and the Dragon, I was so engrossed that I lost track of time and burnt dinner…Okay truth be told I often burn dinner, cooking isn’t my forté, but this time it was the books fault! I haven’t read a story quite like this before and it was good to have a fresh take on an idea and read something totally new.
One downside I found to the book was it’s length, it was very long winded and parts dragged out and seemed bogged down with too much mundane waffle and description. I’m an impatient reader who likes to get to the point quickly, I like to visualise the surroundings in my stories but don’t like to be pulled from the action by those descriptions for too long, I felt like that happened on some occasions here.
This is an ideal story for fantasy readers of all ages, older children, YA and adult, male and female alike and I would recommend it to all lovers of the genre.
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