Great read for any dragon lover.


Let’s face it, dragons are awesome. Take any ho-hum story, stick a dragon in it and BOOM! Magic happens. This week’s read isn’t boring by any standard. In fact, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Right now, you might be asking:

Why didn’t you think you would like it?

Well, I’m so glad you asked! You know how some books do this meta thing where a character is reading a book? I have no idea why, but reading about characters who are reading has always annoyed me. (Even though I’ve also written characters who were reading. Hey, I didn’t say my opinions made any sense.) So, when the first and second chapters featured excerpts from a book one of the characters was reading, I got a little nervous. Was this entire novel going to be one giant case of Inception?

Thankfully, the answer is no. (I love Inception, by the way. Have I mentioned I’m weird?)

Okay. So now you might be asking:

What book are you even talking about?

Great question! This is where I pump the brakes and inform you there will be affiliate links up ahead. And I earn a commission (at no cost to you) from those links when you buy something. All clear? Sweet. Buckle up because this is going to be a fun ride.

Jake & the Dragons of Asheville, by Brian Kacica, is a magical tale that takes place in a small town in North Carolina. When met with tragic circumstances beyond his control, Jake Winston, the titular character, embarks on a journey to discover more about his family and his town’s history. But he’s still in school. Also, dragons may or may not be involved. Did I mention that there might be a dragon or two? Perhaps it slipped my mind.

Several other people who’ve read and reviewed this book have mentioned that some of the characters lack depth. This is absolutely true. The bully is stereotypical (strong and unintelligent). The weak love triangle features a vapid, hormone-addled teenage girl. There’s a wealthy man who only cares about his business and the main villain has exaggerated anger issues. However, I found these characters immensely humorous (or irritating depending on the situation). And, in my opinion, these characters are part of what made the book so enjoyable.

Most of all, this book really shines during the action scenes. The pacing is spot on, the action is intense. I would 100% watch this as a television show or movie. But don’t take my word for it. Get a copy and decide for yourself.

Dragon Book Recommendation

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

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