Known and loved by readers for her adventure stories wrapped around some of history's most fascinating and turbulent times, Karleen Bradford has this time written a rich and multi-layered fantasy.
On one level, Dragonfire is the action-packed story of Dahl, a stable boy who must conquer the evil Usurper to regain his kingdom. At another level, Dragonfire represents a boy's struggle to come to terms with himself -- including his other, more disturbing side. Full of dragons, demons and believable, multi-dimensional characters, Dragonfire is an unputdownable read.
About the Author
Karleen Bradford is the acclaimed author of 21 children’s and young adult books, including five books about the Crusades. Angeline was nominated for the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award; Lionheart’s Scribe was nominated for a Silver Birch Award, among others; and There Will Be Wolves was the winner of the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Karleen Bradford lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A unnamed stable boy, and his friend Catryn, a servant girl, are swept through a portal and back to the boy's home world - Taun. The boy's name is Dahl, and he is the rightful king of Taun, hidden away on Earth until he was discovered by the emissary of the Usurper. Now Dahl, along with his Protector - a shape-shifting wizard - and Catryn must find a way to defeat the Usurper and take back his kingdom, freeing his people from the bonds of evil and slavery. This is a highly entertaining book, written for Middle Grade children, but containing themes and meanings that can be understood by and enjoyed by anyone, no matter their age. On its surface it is a typical battle of good versus evil, but dig a little deeper and you find hidden gold - acceptance of yourself and others, understanding of what needs to be done to give people freedom and self-respect, and how to learn to fight the blackness that lurks within everyone of us. Highly recommended!