Book Review: The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

A wounded dragon, an undersea misfit, and a dangerous dream.

Arak could quest for hours in trance, his mind far away. He was different, a worthless dreamer, and so he was tormented by other young dragons. Arak left the clan, flying far over the sea, and crashed in a fierce storm. Scree, a shape-shifter octopus, found and healed him. A great friendship begins . . .

Arak returns to the Winter Festival, where dragons carve glaciers with fire and toss lightning bolts in the clouds. But a terrible illness strikes the clan. When Zarina falls ill, he vows to save her. Then an undersea volcano erupts, which triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his unique gifts and a dangerous dream to save the dragons?

“The Dragon Dreamer” is stand-alone book I of the Dragon Dreamer series: Young Adult Science Fantasy. “The Dragon Dreamer” received IAN First Place for Best First Novel. It’s also an IAN Finalist for Best Science Fiction and for Best Fantasy Book. This series is written for ages 9 and older.

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Review by Tom Fallwell

The Dragon Dreamer is a fantastic tale of adventure, intrigue and relationships revolving around two disparate cultures: Dragons and Octopi. How the dragon Arak learns to interact with the octopus Scree is both enlightening and extraordinary, but is a great example of how two diversely different communities can come together and mutually benefit each other.

The author has a magnificent grasp of sea life, and her experience and expertise shine throughout this magnificent tale. Reading The Dragon Dreamer brought to mind many of the wonderful animated feature-length movies that have come out of Disney, and I would venture to say The Dragon Dreamer is an excellent story for that venue. I hope someone takes notice of how rich and masterfully told this story is.

All in all, this is an exceptional story for the young and old alike, and I highly recommend this book for all age groups. I give this book 5 stars, and it is well deserved. I look forward to reading more from author J.S. Burke. She is someone to watch.

About the Author

J. S. Burke is the creator of the award-winning Dragon Dreamer series: Science Fantasy Adventure with flying dragons and an undersea world. Burke has worked as an author, artist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. The author lives in Georgia with family and rescue pets. Burke loves chocolate and so do the dragons!

The Dragon Dreamer series grew from years at sea, a fascination with the alien, intelligent octopuses, and a love of dragons. These stories blend imagination with real science and author experiences. The deadly sea storm that threatens Arak, a young dragon, is one Burke survived. This series of young adult books is for age 9 and older.

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