There are many great Dragon Tales out there, but few worlds that will have you jumping in with both feet. This is my very first Patrick Ness read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan SA Kids for gifting me a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

As far as dragon stories go, this one is on my top 10. Ness creates an intriguing multiverse that will have you wanting more.

“I’m just a girl.”

“It is tragic how well you have been taught to say that with sadness rather than triumph.”

Patrick Ness, Burn

Although slightly predictable at certain times, I found this to be a great ‘get you out of a slump’ book. This story world is so vivid and captivating, that I found it very difficult to not look for dragons and magic in the real world.

Clear vivid descriptions and complex characters bring extra flair to this tale of prophecy, fate and dragons. Ness has written a story so deliciously complex that I found myself peeling away the layers. Filled with mystery and intrigue, there is way more to this story than originally meets the eye.

Make sure you pick up a copy of this book for an interesting mystery. Follow the story of Sarah Dewhurst as she tries to navigate her own complicated world. The Dragon her father hired attracts attention to their family and a looming prophecy has her second guessing alliances. When everything goes south, Sarah suddenly finds herself in an entirely new world, and the dragon …is now something different.  Can they save this new world from destruction?

“Sarah felt that any world that needed this many lessons must have something deeply wrong with it.”

Patrick Ness, Burn

This is a great book for all dragon lovers’ wishlist

About the Book

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

About the Author

Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking TrilogyThe Crash of HenningtonTopics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London. 

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