Polo Shawcross: The Birthday Dragon

Rated 4.93/5 based on 15 reviews
In the first of the Dragon Quartet, Polo Shawcross wishes for a new life. The Birthday Dragon brings a ghost who says he’s not one, a best friend who thinks he's gay, relations who want him dead, and a very bad reputation. Twisted adventure in a vivid new world where genesplicing accidentally creates real magic and Men (or Women) might be Dragon. More
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About Lee Abrey

Lee Abrey is Australian. Born in Western Australia, she spent a long time in the United Kingdom, and now lives on Queensland's Gold Coast.

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About the Series: Dragon Quartet
The first four books of Polo Shawcross's twisted adventures, in a vivid new world where genesplicing accidentally creates real magic and Men (or Women) might be Dragon.

Also in Series: Dragon Quartet

Reviews

Ophelia Rumrunner reviewed on April 2, 2019

It took me a bit to get used to the style, but Polo really grew on me.
(review of free book)
Kevin smasher84 reviewed on Feb. 13, 2018

It took a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did, I really enjoyed. I'm quite fond of Polo; I'm looking forward to see how his character develops.
Generally, I'm not too fond of fantasies; I prefer the slightly-less implausible genre of science fiction. Lee Abrey has managed to introduce dragons to the story line in a science fiction way that satisfies my need for rationality.
(review of free book)
H. Writer reviewed on Jan. 7, 2018

Polo is the most interesting character I've met in a long time. I will be reading the rest of his story!
(review of free book)
David Thompson reviewed on Jan. 5, 2018

Excellent, once I started, I couldn;t leace it alone until finished.
For people like me who can't tolerate bad grammer it was a real treat.
(review of free book)
Rene Lathrop-Nethercot reviewed on April 20, 2012

I enjoyed the voice of this story. It was full of vivid characters that were fun to either love or hate. Although I am not generally a fan of sci fi, this one kept my attention. I was sad when it was over because it certainly kept me engaged.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Johanna Harness reviewed on July 29, 2011

So funny! I can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
Raechelle Cremer reviewed on July 28, 2011

Can't wait for the next book, to see what further scrapes find Polo.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Michelle George reviewed on July 16, 2011

Polo Shawcross is such an engaging character! I was drawn in from the very start, and although I had intended to read his adventures over a couple of days I read the lot in one sitting. The tale is beautifully written and characters well developed. The suicidal sheep were a pleasant sidebar :) I am looking forward to the next installment!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
escapisam reviewed on July 14, 2011

This book was lots of fun and quite unique - I was frequently surprised and laughing out loud. Very much looking forward to the next installment. I have no idea what's going to happen but I can't wait to find out!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
koosli reviewed on July 12, 2011

The hero of The Birthday Dragon is neither innocent nor wise, and he feels his way through his new world just as we readers do. It's pitched perfectly for the first instalment of a book series.

The setting mixes modern conveniences with ye olde goodness, yet it all makes sense. The culture is also thoroughly modern, but still with more traditional fantasy-genre stuff like bloodlines, feuds and royalty (and the odd dragon). It suits someone like me who gets bored with solemn, serious and, frankly, boring heroes. Polo Shawcross is certainly not boring! And there are loads of great characters.

The book as a whole is a great read and very well written, paced and edited. The action scenes were my highlights - fast-paced and exciting. I think this bodes very well for the next book, which I will definitely be grabbing a copy of.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
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