Dragon Defender Blog Tour Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews ~ Review

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About the Book

Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)
Author: J.A. Blackburn
Publication Date: October 19, 2013
Publisher: Pip & Grey
Number of pages: 242
Recommended age: 10+

Summary (Amazon):

For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . . Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance. What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.

* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *


* My Review *

Hi everyone, Paul here today and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book for review. I’ve been quite busy with work, writing, and school so I’ve been quite selective in my reading choices since there hasn’t been much time. I saw Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn and knew this book was for me. You’ve already read the summary so let’s get to my review.

What I liked most: The adventure. I grew up on Encyclopedia Brown and the Three Investigators, and I can tell you Dragon Defender is right up there with them. I was drawn in by the mystery and the adventure and couldn’t put the book down. There are so many twists and turns throughout that I’m certain young (and perhaps a bit older) readers will love this book

What missed a bit: I don’t want to write a spoiler here, but there was a scene showing the Council of Nine. I won’t go into detail, but I thought the judgement resembled that of King Solomon. This is perfectly fine, but I would have liked to have seen a reference to King Solomon, maybe by comparing the Council’s wisdom to that of the infamous King.

Overall: A great book! I loved everything about it. I loved the characters, the adventure, the dialogue, and the ending. The ending you say? Yes, because it leaves the door open for more stories, but concluded this one. I recommend this book to young readers, teachers, and librarians. Dragon Defender is a book to get even the most reluctant readers to read. I can’t wait for the next one.

More Buzz About the Book

“We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon

“Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon

“Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon



Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn

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About the Author: J.A. Blackburn

J.A. Blackburn, Author
J.A. Blackburn

   J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.

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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time out of you very busy schedule to read and review Dragon Defender for the Blog Tour. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book. I was also pleased to see that there will be more books in the series – can’t wait!

  2. Hi Renee,
    It was my pleasure. When I read the blurb, I knew it would be a book I’d enjoy and it did not disappoint. Thanks for all your hard work coordinating these tours!


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