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Ferno: The Fire Dragon (Beast Quest Series #1)
     

Ferno: The Fire Dragon (Beast Quest Series #1)

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by Adam Blade
 

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Strange things are happening in Tom"s village. First, the horses were attacked. Then, the river dried up. Now, the last of the crops has mysteriously burnt to the ground. Everyone is terrified. But Tom isn"t afraid. He"s always dreamed of a quest-a real quest!-and vows to go to the king and bring help for them all.

But Tom soon learns that his village is not the

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Strange things are happening in Tom"s village. First, the horses were attacked. Then, the river dried up. Now, the last of the crops has mysteriously burnt to the ground. Everyone is terrified. But Tom isn"t afraid. He"s always dreamed of a quest-a real quest!-and vows to go to the king and bring help for them all.

But Tom soon learns that his village is not the only one in trouble. People are in trouble all over the kingdom. Hope is nearly lost. That is, until Tom is sent on the greatest quest of all--the Beast Quest.

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Publishers Weekly

This boy-vs.-dragon tale, the first in the BeastQuest series, makes for an ideal pre-Hobbitread and sword-and-sorcery introduction. Tom lives in the village of Errinel with his blacksmith uncle; his mother died when he was a baby, and his father left not long after for a quest from which he never returned. When the crops in Tom's village start to burn and the horses turn up dead, villagers begin to suspect a curse. Tom (for whom "the closest he came to thrilling quests was when he ran errands for his uncle") volunteers to travel to see King Hugo and enlist his help. The author packs a great deal of action into this brief tale. When Tom arrives at the palace, he learns that problems extend well outside of his village—others report tidal waves and blizzards, all thought to be the work of "the Beasts." The king reveals that the Dark Wizard Malvel is to blame, and recognizes Tom as the son of Taladon, entrusting the boy with a silver key that can unlock the charmed collar on Ferno the Fire Dragon and release the beast from Malvel's control. This debut tale in an episodic chain of one-beast-per-volume battles (Tom successfully completes this inaugural quest, of course), makes for a promising start to a fantasy franchise with a likable young hero and a refreshingly wide-eyed, old-fashioned approach to the genre. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Russell Corwin
Tom, a young village boy in the kingdom of Avantia, dreams of becoming a brave and decorated knight. When his village experiences extraordinary disasters, the people entrust him to bring their pleas for help to the king himself. Tom soon discovers, however, that his village is not alone; the whole of Avantia is suffering. He quickly undertakes a quest to discover the truth behind these events, finding that there is much hiding beneath Avantia's landscapes and oceans. He must utilize his wits and bravery, along the way making friends who prove invaluable to his mission. The Beast Quest is unlike any other, and it is up to Tom to save the entire kingdom. The novel abounds in quick action, and the plot takes very few detours along the way. This helps young readers to grasp the whole of the exciting story and not get lost in complicated nuances. Placed at important places in the plot, Ezra Tucker's illustrations provide visual clarity. The mood of each perfectly complements the story, suggesting foreboding when necessary and triumph when appropriate. This story tells of a twelve-year-old village boy thrust into extraordinary circumstances with the whole of his world hanging in the balance. Reviewer: Russell Corwin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545003315
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Beast Quest Series , #1
Pages:
78
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Adam Blade is in his late twenties, and was born in Kent, England. His parents were both history teachers and amateur artists, and Adam grew up surrounded by his father's paintings of historic English battles which left a lifelong mark on his imagination. He was also fascinated by the ancient sword and shield that hung in his father's office. Adam’s father said they were a Blade family heirloom.

Sadly, Adam does not have his own Ice Dragon or Ghost Panther. But he really wishes he did!

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Ferno 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book with my kids and they loved it. We are hooked. Looking forward to the next book in this adventure series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in an amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the bessssssssssssssttttttttttttt book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure series for kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty cool book i liked it and im 11 ive read almost all the others and they were cool i like monsterrrrrs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of advencher
Anonymous 8 months ago
BEST SERIS EVER
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a fantasy series for children aged 5 - 8. I enjoyed it. Tom is a wonderful character. He is a young boy whose father was Taladon the Swift, one of the Knights of Avantia. Sent on a quest to free the fire dragon, Ferno, from the curse of Malvel, a dark wizard, he finds himself facing dangers and making new friends. I initially bought this book to help a couple of reluctant readers I am mentoring get into reading. I decided I would read it myself to see what it's like. The larger font used in the book is easy on the eyes and makes it easier for children to focus onto. This is a really enjoyable story. I was quickly caught up in the tale. I liked meeting King Hugo and the wizard, Aduro. They are determined to break Malvel's hold over the dragons of Avantia. I also liked meeting Elenna, a young girl that befriends Tom, and her pet wolf called Silver. The story takes the reader through an exciting adventure, and a quest that makes them develop an emotional bond with the characters. The danger Tom and Elenna faces had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the ending. As the story reached its climax the intensity fizzled for me somewhat, even though it ended happily; this could be because I am not the intended age range. Nevertheless, I think that this is an intriguing series for the younger reader. Hopefully, this story will capture my charges imaginations as much as it caught mine. I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 to 8 years old. I would also recommend it to adults who like reading young to middle grade YA fantasy books. - Lynn Worton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read one or two chapters of this series to my 4-year-old son at bedtime. He LOVES it! He's completely hooked and it holds his attention span, even though there's only a picture every other chapter or so. It really gets them to use their own imagination. We've read the first three books so far, and look forward to the rest! I'm sure one day he'll be reading them on his own!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book my brother and I love the seires
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. The only things I don't like are its length (too short!) and the end felt rushed. All in all, a good start to a series.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
My son, who's 8, loves the Beast Quest books. They're not only exciting, they also did wonders getting him to read more.
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No u didnt
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I love your books Adam
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great!!!!! Good start in the series! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was th best ever because of the dragon distory the kingdom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it a llooonng time ago,and it was good
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This book was awsomely awsome.
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Great for little kids
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I thought it was the best book ever