Dragon Wars

Rated 3.80/5 based on 6 reviews
Together, one boy and six lone dragons, will defeat evil and wage the Dragon Wars.

And, in the midst of it all, Danny will discover that even the smallest person can make a huge difference when it matters the most. More

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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 79,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311863140

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Review by: Claire Taylor on Feb. 02, 2014 :
Full of dragons and adventure, this book has a younger feel about it but that wouldn’t stop adults from enjoying it too. A fairy tale come true, I loved how the authors descriptive nature bought the story to life and it was easy to imagine the story as it unfolded. Overall it was a magical and enjoyable read.

I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on Feb. 01, 2014 :
Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle is a fantasy story that is appropriate for middle schoolers and fantasy lovers of all ages. The story follows Danny, a middle school student who is being bullied and is unhappy at his new school and in his new house. His life starts to change when he discovers an unusual wooden box and a book in the window seat. The box and the book are magic and transport him to Dorcian, a land of magic and dragons. But Dorcian is not a happy place due to the influence of an evil sorceress.
Danny becomes a friend of the dragons and s hero in the war to free Dorcian from evil. And he learns a lot about himself and his inner strength.
I really enjoyed this story. It is a great fantasy adventure. The characters were interesting and the story line flowed smoothly. The plot had lots of ups and downs and held my interest. It was so interesting that I read this book in one sitting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana McKinney on Jan. 30, 2014 :
While this book was not in my normal genre of books, I would highly recommend it to young adult readers in middle and high school.
After the death of his father, his mother moved them to a new town where Danny struggles against the school bully that will not leave him alone. Danny feels all along because he does not want to burden his mother with the turmoil he faces at school. Upon finding a hidden wooden box and leather bound book in his room, he is immersed into the magical world of Dorcian. Through his visits to Dorcian and his involvement in the dragon wars, Danny finds an inner strength and courage that he did not know he possessed. The author portrays a world full of dragons, magic, and the evil that has held the world hostage with beautiful accuracy. I could truly envision the world, Dorcian, in my head as I read.
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: anne ragan on Jan. 27, 2014 :
Let me start out by saying this is not my usual genre. It took me awhile to get into it, but the imagery and descriptions are breathtaking. I can imagine it would be hard to describe a world where dragons live and what they look like, but the author does so flawlessly. I would say it is better for the younger of the young adult readers. It is a story of friendship and courage that many young adults need to read about and understand that it takes more courage to stand up and fight than accept bullying.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on Jan. 24, 2014 : (no rating)
I read Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle. I recommend this book. I really liked this book and could almost feel the imagination flowing out of this author on to the pages. It begins with a boy in school named Danny and he's being bullied. He has had a hard time since his father died. He and his mom moved into a house that does not feel like a home to Danny. He finds a small wooden box and a journal with real life drawn pictures on it of dragons and a new land. He begins to read the journal and starts to believe in this world. The box that was locked without a way to open begins to open and turn his reality into the land of dragons and mystical creatures, but something has changed from what was written in the journal till now. This is where the drama begins and where I got sucked into the book. I loved learning what the dragons were like from Danny's perspective verses the journal's perspective. I love how at the end of the book I had tears in my eyes. I 've never really read about dragons before and I really enjoyed it. The author did a great job with descriptions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joyce Hays on Oct. 13, 2013 :
The story revolves around Danny Warren, a young boy who is frequently bullied by Kevin Brady, "every kids' worst nightmare" in middle school. The one person not afraid to stand up to him is Milly Parker, who has known him since kindergarten. In an attempt to keep Danny off the bully's radar, the principal sends Danny home from school for the rest of the day after a teacher catches Kevin about to punch him.At home, his mother sends him to his room to unpack his things, something he has put off doing for as long as possible.

After his father's death the previous year in a car accident, his mother decided to move to a new house in a new town to escape the memories that filled their old home. All he felt in the new house was lonely and sad; he wanted things to go back to the way they were. While storing his pictures, baseball trophies, and equipment inside a bench under the window, he discovers a hollow space under one of the boards at the bottom. Inside, he finds a box beautifully carved with dragons and a book.

Danny has always loved dragons. Opening the book, he finds a treasure trove in the form of beautifully detailed drawings of dragons and a story of their world. He learns from reading that the way to enter their world is to believe. Just believe. This is a beautiful story about a young boy's trip to a fantasy world with dragons and other fantastical creatures. While there, he is found and befriended by the dragon carved on the outside of the box.

The dragon's world is in trouble and Danny is driven to help fix things. Along the way, he faces trials that place him squarely in the center of a war and finds an inner strength he didn't know he had. This is a beautiful story about a boy who finds the will and strength to stand up for himself as he helps his friends. Well written, well edited, this story was a pleasure to read.

I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.While an excellent book, I am only giving it four stars. I enjoyed the story immensely, but I was still able to put it down when it came time to take care of other things. I reserve five-star status for books that pull me in until I've lost all track of time and conscious awareness of anything else going on around me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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