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Monday 20 July 2015

Review: Dragonfall Mountain (The Warlock's Child #2)

The war at sea between Dravinia and Savaria is raging. A dragon chick hidden on the Dravinian ship is there to force the support of the mighty dragon, Dravaud. The Invincible is sunk and Dantar finds himself clinging to debris, then life, after he is captured and taken to the prison castle.

New dangers confront the siblings as they try to build a closer relationship.

Velza is taken to her father and is forced to witness his sinister deeds. This completely changes her life. Calbara’s new magic puts his children in danger, in particular Dantar, who is oblivious to what his father has prepared for him.

What plans does he have for the new magics’ use? How far will he go and what is his reason for taking this path? Lots of shocking twists and turns lead the story in another direction. Who are friends, and who are spies? No one can be trusted.

Dantar and Marko escape the city through a sewer. Dantar discovers he’s resourceful and brave, and perhaps has a little of the magic he longs for in him.

Velza dressed as a guard, tries to exit the castle with Latsar, one of her men. But a muster of guards is called by the king and they are caught in it.  The king is confronted by the three remaining dragons wanting to know the truth about Dravaud’s death.

Situations filled with tension and mystery close the story. Book 3, The Iron Claw, continues the adventure.

I found this book picked up in pace and action as it continued the story started in The Burning Sea. It left strings of mystery and questions dangling that the next book may answer. I adore Marc McBride’s outstanding dragon art covers, which add mystery and magic to the story before the cover is opened.

Title: Dragonfall Mountain (The Warlock’s Child #2)
Author: Paul Collins & Sean McMullen
Illustrator: Marc McBride
Publisher: Ford St, $12.95 RRP
Publication Date: May 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978192500931
For ages: 10+
Type: Middle Fiction