The Candlestick Dragon

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
The Candlestick Dragon is an exciting new fantasy adventure for anyone aged 11 and over! There is magic, dragons, wizards, a quest and an ordinary boy who finds extraordinary courage along the way. More
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About Melanie Ifield

Melanie Ifield writes novels for all ages. After years exploring the written word from a young age, culminating in a degree in journalism, Melanie now writes full time. Melanie loves the idea of loosing yourself in new worlds or new experiences through books and hopes her stories will provoke that love in others.
She has been self publishing since 2013 with a fantasy series for everyone over the age of eleven called the ‘Chronicles of Novarmere’ where Daniel and the little dragon Nilofar set out to save a Kingdom; a children’s adventure story where the determination and strength of the eleven year old protagonist saves the lives of mistreated chickens in ‘The Chicken Liberation Army’; and a romantic thriller with action and adventure for adults called ‘The Age of Corruption’.
Melanie has taken some time out due to long term chronic illness. However, for now and forever, her passion is writing. Her dream is for her books to find their audiences and to write as often, and as much, as she can while she can. She’ll change tone, voice and genre. She’ll write in novels, in journals, on her blog, in notebooks and on post-it-notes if she has to.

Then one day, one very fine day, all her dreams will come true. She hopes yours do too.

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Two Moons Books reviewed on May 5, 2020

Very entertaining and nicely written, this is fast paced and well pitched for the target age group. I do think the series has moments which are rather dark for middle graders - what happens to Wren, for example, but there are also other scenes which are fairly disturbing. It's quite original and the plot is unpredictable which keeps one's interest. The characters are generally engaging and moderately realistic in their attitudes and actions. Highly recommended for middle teens rather than 11+.
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H S reviewed on Aug. 29, 2017

I really liked this book. It's the first of a 4-book series which goes slowly downhill, but this one is most entertaining. And it's not like the series got absolutely dreadful - by the end of Book 4 it'd still be three stars - but the start of it got my hopes up really, REALLY high. I love deadpan snarker characters and Nilofar in particular was brilliant. I love unsuited heroes in way over their heads and Daniel Smith was brilliant. I love magical countries with unusual dangers and unexpected friends, and Novarmere had both.

Please don't be put off reading the whole series. It's not at all bad; it just sinks from the heights of the first book as it goes on. And it certainly isn't like they're expensive. They're light, entertaining fantasy adventure stories and they're pretty well executed. It's just that from the first couple of books I had gotten my hopes up to "this is going to be BRILLIANT", so to end with the feeling of "oh... that was fairly good..." was a bit of a let-down.
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