Blast of the Dragons Fury (Andy Smithson Book One)

Blast of the Dragons Fury (Andy Smithson Book One)

4.2 33
by L. R. W. Lee
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Winner of Readers' Favorite Five Star Award!

"I LOVED it! Totally hooked and want to hear more. When's the sequel coming out?"

- M. Tate, Book Reviewer

Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is

Overview

Winner of Readers' Favorite Five Star Award!

"I LOVED it! Totally hooked and want to hear more. When's the sequel coming out?"

- M. Tate, Book Reviewer

Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times era, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There's just one small problem, he's never battled dragons, except in video games. Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn before he can even attempt the feat. No pressure, but it's his skill alone that will save - or condemn - the kingdom forever.

"This mythical story has plenty of exciting moments and a great deal of humor... Delightful characters including stone knight statues that come to life, exciting moments, and plenty of cool extras."

- SP Reviews

"The humor is visible with many clever touches. The characters are believable... in this multi-layered, mythical story."

- Editor, A Woman's Write

"What a wonderful read, it grabbed me from the first lines, and lively writing and dialogue kept me there!"

- Author, The Sword of Demelza

The Andy Smithson coming-of-age, juvenile fiction series of fantasy books for kids 9-12 includes:
Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book One

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning, Book Two

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor, Book Three

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace, Book Four

Vision of the Griffin's Heart, Book Five

Wisdom of the Centaur's Reason, Book Six - Coming Winter 2016

Yet unnamed book seven

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482312645
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/13/2013
Series:
Andy Smithson Epic Fantasy
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
840,700
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

L. R. W. Lee is the author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of fantasy books for kids 9 12, set in medieval times with knights, magic and mythical adventures. She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband. Her daughter recently graduated and works for Microsoft and her son serves in the US Air Force.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Blast of the Dragons Fury (Andy Smithson Book One) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!! ***I own this book, but the author was also kind enough to send me a copy for my classroom to share with my students The cover is awesome and reminds me of Sleeping Beauty where the prince is battling the dragon.  Of course it is a completely different picture, but that’s what jumped into my mind :) Okay when I started reading this book, I was confused as to what was going on which made it a little slow for me.  Of course, the confusion quickly cleared up.  I definitely found myself chuckling thinking my son would love this book.  Ah, who knew a fart could be so useful….lol  Totally my son’s sense of humor.  While I know this book is a middle grade book, I think most boys would find amusement and adventure in this book. As a parent, I love that it brings up issues of truth, honesty, integrity, and perseverance.  These are all things that tend to be difficult to teach our children, and I think the book does a fabulous job illustrating them.  I think I’m definitely going to have my son read this book or read it with him in the future. Andy and Alden are great characters and are easily relatable to readers.  Definitely plenty of adventure, and I can’t wait to start the next book.  I think this series will only get better with each book. I recommend this book to any boy who loves adventure, dragons, puzzles, and those who find humor in a fart (this alone will attract my son). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very interesting till the end can't say why without ruining it all I can figure is you must read the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book with magical adventure, good and evil. Andy is sucked into a magical world that has a curse and tge king belives that Andy is the one whovcan break this terrible curse . Andy meets my friends along the way but he doesn't know weather he can trust them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book graet book fir liitle boys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like people LOVE this book so it must be amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWWWWWSSSSOOOOMMMMEEE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have not read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.The end is confusing.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book 1 by L. R. W. Lee is an adventure story. Andy Smithson's parents have no time for him because they are caught up with their ambitious lives and his sister is a spoilt brat. Andy is not aware of the fact that he is also in the line of rulers of the land of Oomaldee which was cursed 500 years before his birth. The adventure begins when he is pulled into Oomaldee one day while washing dishes. He meets flying horses, a lisping wizard, fire breathing dragons, people eating giants, and many more characters that will blow your mind. Adventure stories always captivated me for the kind of magical characters and whimsical names that the authors come up with. It always shows a side of their creativity, apart from the story line. The kind of characters that Andy meets on his trip in Oomaldee will enthrall any reader. The twists and turns, plot, and subplots are all woven together beautifully by the author to make a magical adventure story. The way Andy's life is transported from boredom to fun and adventure is what makes the story. From a neglected boy, he suddenly becomes someone very important. The underlying message of overcoming boredom, fear, and jealousy is conveyed very well. The book is so interesting that I am sure all the readers will be waiting eagerly to see what happens in Book 2.
JaxGrampy More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. “Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” by L.R.W. Lee is the ideal Fantasy story to get your middle grade reluctant reader hooked on books. I tried to read this from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, but that was difficult, to say the least. I got so caught up in the story that I had to keep reminding myself I was supposed to be reviewing it as a 12-year-old boy. “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” is that good; it took a real effort on my part to “review” it rather than just enjoy reading it. Young Andy Smithson is a single child, with two career-minded parents who had little time for him. It seemed that whenever they were at home, they were yelling at him about something, and he felt unloved and unwanted at home. During a thunderstorm one day, he noticed the attic light was on, when it suddenly turned off. Nobody was supposed to be in the attic, so Andy went to investigate. What he found was an old trunk he had never seen before, so naturally he opened it. Surveying the contents, he found a bunch of really old stuff that looked almost medieval to him. Washing the dishes after dinner, Andy found himself suddenly swept back in time and space, to the Kingdom of Oomaldee, where the 509-year-old King wore blue jeans and a black t-shirt, and dragons were thriving. Andy’s adventures in the kingdom of Oomaldee were, in a word, awesome. It was as if he was living out his favorite videogame! With his new friend, Alden, Andy set out on a quest to break the curse which had kept Oomaldee under a heavy fog for as long as King Hercalon V had been King. L.R.W. Lee has fashioned an amazing cast of characters to populate her beautifully described world. In Oomaldee the bad guys morph into vultures to flee danger, and the local residents include gnomes, fairies, ogres, trolls, dragons, “herewolves”, “therewolves”, unicorns and pegasuses (pegasi?). Away from the main castle there are gigantic giants, moving plants, and towns with names like Oops, Ooggy, and Oohhh. The action in “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” never flags. “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury” is a work of genius. Get it, read it, then review it so more people can learn how great this story is. Volume 2 is due out this winter; I can’t wait!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Andy Smithson couldn’t believe it when he is (accidentally) magically teleported from our world to the land of Oomaldee. While the King of Oomaldee and the wizard that brought Andy there are trying to figure out how to send Andy back, Andy is asked to break a 500-year-old curse by the ghost of a past king of Oomaldee. The curse on Oomaldee is that there is a thick fog on the land and no one can see very far and the current king can never die (he is supposed to live to see misery that he caused). To break the curse, Andy must collect hard-to-find ingredients for a recipe. Step 1: Get a scale from a red dragon, the fiercest of all the dragons. And to do that, you must go through Oomaldee and into the enemy kingdom! Should be easy peezy right? Not really… I have been reading some really great independently published books lately and I can add this one to my list. This was a very exciting book! I like the plot a lot. I read a lot of magic and fantasy books and I like it when I read a story that is different from what is out there already. Andy is a great main character. He is very believable character. Alden, Andy’s friend in Oomaldee, was a good character too. The cover art is super-cool (I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I get disappointed when a good book has a bad cover). Ms. Lee’s writing style kept me on the edge of my seat. Even though the book is short (only 200 pages), I didn’t feel like it left unanswered questions and I really enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to Book 2! **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
Andy Smithson:Blast of the Dragon's Furyis a wonderful story for kids from middle grade to the tween years to read on their own. It is great for younger children who have an adult who will read it to them. Andy is a modern boy. He loves to play video games. He has parents who work and don't have time to spend with him. He is expected to do his best in all things without a lot of supervision. He finds himself pulled into a parallel dimension. Here the King needs help to break a curse that was placed by a vengeful ghost five hundred years ago. Andy is chosen because he is a descendant of the King's father, living outside the land of Oomaldee.  This story has many elements of fantasy. There are dragons, Pegasus, a wizard with a speech impediment, castles, birds that change into men, etc. It is sure to capture the interest and imagination of the reader. I liked also that Andy is a boy who does his best. He's a good kid with a good heart. He starts to run around with a servant boy who is looked down upon because he is of a different race. He has green hair and that sets him apart from the others of the kingdom. Andy doesn't care. He sees the good in his friends and don't let insults and jeers from insensitive people get to him. I love that example for kids.  This is a cute book. The book ends on a cliff hanger that will encourage kids to read more. I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Andy Smithson: Blast of Fury By L.R.W.Lee This is a wonderful tale, for those young at heart or just adventurous. Andy is an ordinary boy that finds himself in an extraordinary adventure. He loved to play video games, and spend time dreaming of dragons, knights, and mysteries. But after the strange appearance of a chest in his attic his life would never be the same. He is transported to a new land, and finds a mystery. He finds that he was brought to the land to save if from a 500 year old curse. The people of Oomaldee, have lived in a land covered in fog.  This story combines great battles, and witty humor that any young boy would love. How many books find a use for cows passing gas, which would make any young adventurer roll over in a giggle fits. This is a book for teachers to have on their reading shelves, for our young video crazed readers. 
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Do you like to play dragon-slaying video games? Ten-year-old Andrew Farrin Smithson does. Andy, a fifth-grader, lives in the United States with his parents Fred and Emily Smithson, who are both CEOs of large companies, and his older sister Madison. What Andy doesn’t know is that 500 years before, in the land of Oomaldee, one of his ancestors, Prince Kaysan, killed his older sister Princess Imogenia who joined her already dead mother in the afterlife. Shortly after that her father, King Heraclon IV, also died, and Kaysan became King Heraclon V. However, to punish her brother Imogenia has placed a curse upon Oomaldee which involves a perpetual heavy fog. Part of the curse also makes the new King immortal so that he can continue to see the desolation of his land. However, the dead King and Queen eventually decide that the curse should no longer continue. One evening, while washing dishes, Andy is magically pulled into Oomaldee, which is very similar to early medieval England of King Arthur’s time, to break the curse. With the help of the lisping wizard Mermin, who is a brother to Merlin and a cousin twice removed of mermen; Alden, a boy his own age who is the son of a castle servant; Merodach, a crusty old dragon trainer; and a sword named Methuseleh, Andy is sent on his mission by Heraclon to the Dragon’s Lair to find the scale of an elusive red dragon which is needed to break the curse, and also hopefully to protect Oomaldee from invasion by the evil King Abbadon of the neighboring land of Hadession, who is himself a fierce dragon. Will Andy and Alden be successful in their search? Will the curse ever be lifted? Or will Abbadon be victorious? The exciting and humorous plot, with several unexpected twists, is well devised to grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning and hold one’s interest throughout. Some parents might want to know the following items ahead of time. The euphemistic words “crap” and “darn” are used. References to “farting,” both by cows and people, and to dancing occur. Andy remembers times when he had to get up and go “pee” in the night. Someone is said to have “scratched his big butt.” And someone else is called a “butt head.” However, a lot of parents will have no problem with these things, and there is no cursing or profanity. From a positive standpoint, Andy learns some important lessons about overcoming fear and selfishness while learning patience and responsibility. Andy’s adventures in the Land of Oomaldee will continue with book two of the series, Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning.
notrow1 23 days ago
This is the first book in a wonderful YA fantasy series. I loved it! Andy Smithson is a character I liked a lot. He's 10 years old and gets transported to a strange place where a curse has hung over the people of Oomaldee for over five hundred years. Sent on a quest by the King (who believes him to be the Chosen One) to help find the ingredients to a potential cure, he finds himself facing his fears and making friends. However, danger is never very far away and as the quest to find a scale from a red dragon heats up, Andy will have to use all his courage to succeed. I have been wanting to read this book for some time. I am a huge fan of fantasy tales containing dragons. I started this story and didn't put it down until I'd finished it. I found myself transported with Andy into a world that is continually surrounded by fog. I love the ingenious way the citizens have discovered a way to clear the fog for a period of time (it's rather stinky and kids would love this idea), however it is only a temporary measure and the fog (caused by the curse) returns. I must admit I found it a little odd that the king wore jeans and t-shirts when everyone else was still wearing medieval clothing. However, seeing as this is a fantasy, I suppose most kids would relate better to modern clothing (though I am not sure many kids aged 10 would know who Steve Jobs was, but I could be wrong). I really enjoyed some of the escapades Andy and his friend Alden get into during the quest. I think I liked Alden (and his memorable neon green hair) more than Andy, as he seemed a little more mature and less prone to whining. However, I also enjoyed watching Andy's character grow as he struggled with many difficult situations and emotions. This story takes the reader on an adventure full of danger, but it also teaches children the importance of acceptance of others, honesty, integrity, perseverance and truth. I am looking forward to sharing this book with the reluctant readers I am mentoring, as I feel this book would help them understand these concepts better. I must admit that the story, which ends on a slight cliffhanger, has left me looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Venom of the Serpent's Cunning, as soon as I can as I would love to know what happens next. L.R.W. Lee has written a fantastic YA fantasy story that swept me up and carried me away. I love her fast paced writing style, it kept me hooked, and the flow was wonderful. This is the first book I have read by this author but it'll not be the last. I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 9-12. Boys will definitely enjoy this book, but I think girls would too. I also recommend this book to adults who love reading middle grade YA fantasy. - Lynn Worton
Anonymous 3 months ago
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anonymous 7 months ago
I like the story line. I like the underdog character Andy. The book caught my intertest when i got more into the chapters. I'm a little older , ok way older 35+ and I like adventure type stories. I like that the main character Andy is relitable , easy to like . I'm nerd at heart so i also like playing videos and reading good books like character and like how trouble follows while trying to do good but things just don't go his way. I could not put the book down, not once I got bored or lose interest. Its hard to find a good book like that. I can't wait to the read the rest of the books. A Good find. A must read!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Can't put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I to rich to get free book. #theprincessofengland JK to all who believed me (the princess of nothing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hehe