Hi, all, it’s Sher with an overdue book review. I’ve been sick, and even though I finished the book a couple of months ago, I haven’t felt like writing. But it’s a good book that deserves reading so here goes just in time for Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday:
This is a great series for kids who love dragons and action culminating in epic battles. For parents and teachers looking for books with positive role models and a multicultural cast, you’ve found it. I especially like the values of the Hispanic main character Diego’s family and the evolution of the troubled relationships begun in book 1. The strong female characters should also provide attraction to girls to want to read this series. But let’s face it, without the evil dragons’ plans to take over, the good characters wouldn’t go far.
There’s a lot of world building at the beginning, making for a slow start in which I wanted more scenes including Diego and from his viewpoint. Younger kids might have a harder time identifying with the hero than they did in book one, yet the focus on adults and dragons conspiring might make the story more suitable for older teens. Overall, the good vs. evil theme fed by greed and hunger for power should resonate with all ages. And once the groundwork is laid, the story takes off and the tension keeps building towards the climax. Most of all, I love it when I don’t expect what happens. Surprises rule in Dragons of the Dark Rift.
The only content that might displease some people is religious. For those, just remember it’s a fantasy and settle in for some fun. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I give 4 stars to Dragons of the Dark Rift for adults and 5 for the target audience.