The Dragon's Tooth (Ashtown Burials Series #1)

The Dragon's Tooth (Ashtown Burials Series #1)

by N. D. Wilson

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Overview

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375863967
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: Ashtown Burials Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 143,422
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.46(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

N. D. WILSON lives in Idaho with his wife and their five young explorers.

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The Dragon's Tooth (Ashtown Burials Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon reading the description of this book I wasn't sure how I would like the story line but I enjoyed N.D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards series and decided to give this one a try. This book blew me away and took me on a thrill ride I rarely see in books anymore. The Dragon's Tooth is riveting and a must read for children and adults alike with N.D. Wilson's perfect timed action as well as humor throughout. It has the likings of The Series of Unfortunate Events meets Night at the Museum with little sprinklings of similarities to Treasure Island. I have to admit I was blown away at how fast I read through this not-so-thin book. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a picky reader and hard to please, not to mention, a slow one at that. I kept trying to pace myself because I knew I would be waiting anxiously for the next one. But, alas, I could not put this one down and now I am stuck waiting for the next book of the Ashtown Burials Series!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Drivers can see the Archer Motel from the highway as they pass by. Out in front stands the glistening goddess - the female archer with her bow at the ready, pointing her arrow up into the hot, hazy sky. The Archer Motel was once a beautiful structure when it first opened, but now the yellow paint is chipped, the pool is rusted and not fit for a dead cat to swim in, and Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel Smith live inside the structure, trying their best to keep it up and running in order to support themselves. Cyrus and Antigone are the young ones, whereas their older brother Daniel has all the responsibility thrust on his shoulders. Their mother sits in a hospital bed, completely silent, and their father died long ago. Cyrus is tired of his world at times. Coming home from his last day of school, all he can really think about is how hot the day is, and how he is so tired of living the way they're living. He also doesn't like the fact that he has to make the daily 'waffle' for the old lady who lives in one of the Archer Motel's rooms. But he's stuck. Daniel and Antigone have disappeared and Cyrus is the only one available to help. What Cyrus doesn't expect as the huge storm erupts over their heads, is for the old lady to appear on her porch with a shotgun and fire at the odd-looking man standing in the parking lot. Cyrus is petrified. He has no idea what's going on, or why the old lady he's known for ages suddenly announces that it has been her job to protect him from the man who is covered in tattoos and is demanding that he be let into Rom 111- the room that belongs to Cyrus and holds all of his dad's old papers. The action happens so fast that in the blink of an eye a mystery is unveiled to young Cyrus, and he and his sister end up taking a vow to be the next ones in line to bear the burden of what this old man - calling himself Billy Bones - has carried for decades. From the motel burning to the ground, to their older brother Daniel being kidnapped, Cyrus and Antigone find themselves in a place called Ashtown, meeting a group of explorers who are the caretaker's of the world's darkest secrets. Cyrus and Antigone are soon immersed in this world, witnessing powerful relics from lost civilizations, meeting unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world, and a man named Maxi who is determined to take something from Cyrus so that he can rule the world with darkness. Quill Says: This is a fantastic novel that hooks readers from the very beginning and never lets up! A perfect start to what is sure to be a perfect series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nathan Douglas Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge, the 100 Cupboards Series, and Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl has again amazed his readers. As the summary of the book suggests, Cy and Tigs are in a tight spot, and things only get worse. With a stunning climax and a cliffhanger ending, N.D. Wilson weaves his masterpiece with the same language that won him so many fans with his earlier works. This book is a must have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. Those who loved 100 Cupboards will enjoy this even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author tells us an exciting story in an easily recognized setting. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dragon's Tooth by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials #1)Pages: 496Release Date: August 23rd, 2011Date Read: 2011, September 6th-14thReceived: OwnRating: 5/5 starsRecommended to: 12+Summary -The Archer Motel is a place where waffles are made every day and the dried up pool outside is full of rubber tires. It is the place where Cyrus Lawrence Smith lives, with his sister Antigone and his brother Daniel, and an elderly woman named Mrs. Eldridge. It's nothing special, until a strange man calls. He knows Cyrus' full name and is vehemently requesting a certain room - a room that happens to belong to Cyrus. But it's not the Motel he's after. It's Cyrus and Antigone that he wants, and this might just be the most terrifying and fascinating thing that has ever happened to them. Cyrus and his siblings are thrown into a whirlwind of adventures and dangers bigger than anything they could have imagined...My thoughts -Ummm... Favorite? Ever? In the whole world? Equal to Wilson's other books? The only book equal to Wilson's other books because only Wilson can match Wilson? Yes. To all of it. Say yes to this book. Say yes to Wilson. YES! You thought I loved all those other books? Wilson squashes it all with his pure amazingness.Now. Moving on. When I was in the process of slowly picking my way through this book (I had no intention of reading fast because then it would be over...), there were quite a few times when I would just stop and stare at the book. Or more frequently, I'd jump up and start pacing, murmuring things like an idiot, saying, "Red, flying vipers. White wings. Genius. Red. Vipers. Flying." And then I'd turn to my family and say, "Do you even understand?!" I was a bit of a mess, lemme tell you. A shocked, amazed, and totally engrossed mess.Before I head to the next thing I must say something about his writing. It is so his own style, the way he words and places his sentences. I'm pretty sure that if I opened a random book in the store without seeing the cover or any names, and read a few sentences, and it was him, that I could guess - he's that unique, that irreplaceable. There are few who equal his skill in writing, in my opinion.In any case...Character notes -I would write out every character and go through the list of why they're all amazing and how evil one is compared to the other, or how great and noble, and how perfectly imperfectly human they all are, and how you don't really find characters this developed in the industry very often, and it is a delicious treat to have a copy of this book on my shelf, just for the characters alone, not to mention everything else.I would do that, and it would bore you all to pieces.So let me use one specific example - without ruining anything for you as the reader. As my sister and I read this book together (well, she finished it way before me), we were constantly talking about the book and how amazing it is and totally going fangirly all over our dear sweet copies (we had to buy one for each - no way we're sharing these books!!). In our discussion one day, one of the aspects of the book caught us by surprise. One of the characters, a lead role, is a bit on the serious side, kind of hardened because life has not treated this character too well; sometimes this character may seem a bit "holier than thou". Not in an I-don't-want-to-read-about-this-snob kind of way, but in a very human way. However, slowly, over the course of the book, something happens: this character morphs and changes into a softer, more refined character - and all without us knowing it's happening!! By the end of the book my sister and I were both shocked, saying that the change in this character was so smooth and perfect that it was like a slow drip, each one right after the next, until you have a full pool below.That is the extent of the character development in this book - no telling, only showing. And that's how it should be. But Wilson has mastered it. Well done!And as for
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an advanced reading copy of this book to review through Amazon Vine. The book starts out a bit slow but ends up being a solid and engaging middle grade adventure and fantasy read.Cyrus, Antigone, and Dan Smith live in a rundown motel that they barely make a living running. When an old tattooed man shows up demanding to stay in a certain room things start changing fast. Within hours of the man's arrival the motel is burnt to the ground, Dan is missing, and Cyrus and Antigone are whisked away to the Order of Brendan.I thought the book started a bit slow, but as it progressed it picked up pace quickly and introduced the reader to an adventurous and fantastical, if grungy, world. I liked that the book followed both Antigone and Cyrus; it made the book easy for both boys and girls to relate to and engage with.The Order of Brendan is an order the kids' parents belonged to and an Order that doesn't like the Smith children much because of things that their past relations have done. Cyrus and Antigone are faced with with a lot of hatred from the moment they arrive at the Order of Brendan. They find help in unexpected places though and discover the secrets behind the keys and tooth that the old tattooed man left with Cyrus.In their exploration of the halls and corridors of the Order of Brendan they find adventure and surprises at every turn. They also find some nifty magical items and meet some fascinating people. Soon though they are on a run for their lives as a very evil man seeks possession of the tooth that Cyrus was given.Cyrus and Antigone were wonderful characters I enjoyed reading about them and enjoyed the stoicism with which they accepted all of the horrible situations they were put in. They always tried to make the best of things and persevere; they supported each other with bravery and determination.I loved the Order of the Brenden and all of the secrets that were in its halls. There is a ton of adventure in this book. There are also traitors, spies, and some scary bits...so only for middle grade or older. I should mention the book takes place in a lot of creepy and gross settings. From the moldy and bug infested motel the characters start in, to the water-logged stone halls with scuttling Whip Spiders that they are forced to sleep in at the Order of Brendan; there is a lot of yucky in this book. I found myself wondering how they could ever sleep in those conditions and got a little itchy from time to time. Still, the descriptions were wonderful and really made the settings come alive.Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent middle grade adventure fantasy and I enjoyed the world and the characters. You never knew what crazy character you would run into next or what fantastic magical thing you would find around the corner. I highly recommend this to fans of middle grade fantasy. If you enjoyed Fablehaven by Brandon Mull or The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens you should definitely give this book a try.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Cyrus and Antigone have spent nearly the last two years managing a rundown motel in the middle of nowhere, just to stay afloat with their brother Daniel. It's a boring, hard life until a strange tattooed man appears and Daniel goes missing. Then the motel is set on fire, and suddenly, Cyrus and Antigone are forced out of their comfort zones and into a new life where they work closely with a secret organization that's sworn to protect the world's deepest secrets and most mysterious relics. And they aren't the only ones in the family who've gotten involved with the organization.Fast-paced and brimming with excitement, Dragon's Tooth introduces fun, multi-dimensional characters that readers will connect with, cheer for and, most importantly, want to see through to the end. Though I don't read that many children's books these days, this one was well-written and fun, with great action and originality. There were times, however, where I felt like the world became a little overly complex and odd -not to mention the strong Percy Jackson overtones. While this isn't a bad thing (love Percy Jackson), it made me constantly try to compare the two books to one another and, sadly, Percy won out every time. Dragon's Tooth still draws on a mythological basis, but with throwing in something a little different while trying to pull in original mythological content. I wouldn't say that Dragon's Tooth does the whole mythology thing better, but it does a decent job and works hard to stand on its own from Percy. But with a fast-paced plot and so much great action, along with great young heroes and a hidden world -it's hard to not think of Percy, when reading about Cyrus and Antigone.Ashtown Burials though, overall, is an exciting and action-packed new series that's great for younger readers who enjoy Percy Jackson-style stories. Recommended for the young and the young at heart.
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