Title: Dragons Away!
Author: K D Berry
Publisher: Bluewood Publishing
Category: Young adult humorous fantasy
Formats: paperback and ebook
This is a delightful traditional style fantasy complete with kings and queens, smelly goblins, roller skating dwarves, dragons, a sweet half ogre, an disillusioned illusionist, a nurse with a secret and other assorted humans. It’s a great tale, told in a tongue in cheek way and overflowing with giggle-worthy puns. Needless to say, I really enjoyed it.
At the inter realm games, devious, dangerous and somewhat deranged King Davkosh, of the Southern Realms makes a wager with the King of the Central Realm, a race between champions with the winner taking half the other king’s kingdom. Trouble is, only Davkosh knows who his champion is, so the king of the Central Realm sends his advisor Drewdop, the illusionist, on a secret spy mission to find out.
Drewdop travels in a magical disguise with his half-ogre bodyguard in the guise of a beautiful woman – a cover that causes some surprises for unwary goblin thieves. They discover the truth of Davkosh’s champion and that winning the race is only half of the southern realm’s King’s plans. They return to their king with the news and he sends them on a probably impossible mission to find a champion to match it.
From the blurb
Davkosh’s glamorous, fiery and ruthless queen, Gunora, is massing an army ready for attack whatever the outcome. Meanwhile, deep in the dark forest, one of Davkosh’s elite royal messengers is facing his own perilous destiny – how to become the world’s first and only surviving dragon rider…
There’s a kind of comic book feel about this book. The story is engrossing with all the dangers, devious characters and close escapes that you’d expect, and it moves along at a great pace. I loved all the characters, even the bad guys, who though they enjoyed nothing better than feeding their subjects to alligators were very sweet to each other and clearly in love.
Apart from the light touch, the really special thing about this book was the way individuals stepped outside the friend/enemy roles laid on them by their kings and united against the greater enemy of evil regardless of which kingdom it came from. I recommend it to all young adult reader and anyone who likes a bit of a giggle in the fantasy field. I give it 5 stars and a listing on the Awesome Indies site. I love the cover too.
This review was written by Tahlia Newland.