A well-defined plot and excellent writing bring this fantasy adventure to life. As the first book in this series, appropriate groundwork is laid, providing readers with a good understanding of the characters and their motivation.
Jack the Hawk, orphan and accomplished thief, steals a silver flask from a traveling wizard, never realizing that his life will forever change. After taking a few sips of this magical elixir, Jack is transformed into a dragon with a mission. As he stumbles into this new and enchanted world, he learns that a Demon horde is about to be released. Jack the Dragon is the one true hope, but how can he help if he doesnít know what to do? As the pages turn, both the reader and Jack learn more about the terror that stalks these people and their desperate plan to save the world.
A good amount of adventure holds the readerís interest while the clever characterizations make a strong emotional appeal. Dragons and magic abound, creatively blending a delicious tingle of fear with the fantastic elements of the supernatural. The revelation of the Demon horde and the six words of power help to clearly define the magical threat as well as to set boundaries around it. This places the fantasy element in an orderly realm of reality and adds a quiet touch of stability to the story.
Although the book is very short, the sequel should tie up any loose ends. To the authorís credit, the focus of the tale stays on track, leading young readers through the adventure without the distraction of unnecessary subplots. The characters all possess special skills and unique traits, creating an intriguing level of interest. As Jack and his friends gather together to face a common enemy, there is a satisfying amount of excitement as well as a few surprises.
Changelings firmly steps into YA fantasy with a clever new series.
Joyce Handzo/2006 for curled
up with a good kid's book