Monday, July 7, 2014

Bentwhistle The Dragon in A Threat From The Past Review

Benthwhistle The Dragon in A Threat From The Past (#1)
By Paul Cude
Published October 19th, 2011 by Authors Online 
384 pages

3.5 to 4 stars - Interesting take on Dragons!!

*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?

Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?

In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile! You’d be flamin’ mad to miss it.


Let me start off by saying that I'm pretty sure I've only read one book about dragons, so far. The fact that this book is about dragons is what drew me to it in the first place. Cude's take on dragons is definitely a unique one and the whole style of this book is different from what I have read in the past. I did have trouble with rating it though and that is because I had quite a few mixed feelings while reading this book. 

I started out intrigued and excited. The prologue is awesome and really sets the mood. It felt magical and made the reader interested in this world of dragons and magic. Then we start the book and meet our characters in the present day. We have the main character, Peter, and his friends Tank and Richie. They are all dragons who are able to take the form of humans. I was really interested in the whole concept of this book and the fact that Peter and his friends each played a different sport. I thought it was pretty interesting that sports was a big deal for the dragons and that it mixed pretty well with all the whole concept. I liked learning about the abilities of the dragons and the story behind them and their abilities. But there were parts of the book that were a little too slow for my liking. I would sometimes lose interest and get up and do something else. Then I would come back and read something entertaining. There wasn't too much action in the beginning but the end was awesome. It was filled with action! 

I did love the characters. And I really have a soft spot for the old and quirky dragon, Gee Tee. I liked the way the characters interacted and how Peter's friends stuck up for him. I also liked how Peter was able to grow throughout the story but mainly towards the end. 

All in all, I really do think this book is something that you should take a look at. I thought it was interesting for the most part and I think that there are quite a few people out there that will enjoy it. If you haven't check it out yet, then do it now! 


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