Review: Saving the Last Dragon

cover-saving the last dragonTitle: Saving the Last Dragon
Author: Joe Broadmeadow
Genre: MG Fantasy
Age: 11+
Length: Novel
Available: Now


Duncan Emeris loves to write. His imagination creates a world of Dragons, Wizards, and Magic. His writing helps him cope with the reality of his world.

When one of his stories draws the interest of Merrill Templar, his English teacher, Duncan discovers that the world of his imagination has become a reality.

Saving the Last Dragon becomes Duncan’s quest. He finds himself facing dangerous mythical creatures bent on stealing the dragon’s egg to wield its power. Accompanied by a real dragon named Balinor and assisted by his two friends, Kathy Craigendoran and Jameison Howarth, Duncan must find the egg and save the lives of his friends.

The Quest to save the last dragon leads Duncan on a wild ride through a world of magic and deception, testing his resolve, as he becomes the Dragon Seeker.

Source: Review copy from the author via email

This fairly simple fantasy tale would be good for younger readers and those who prefer dialogue and a show-style of narration rather than a telling tale that pulls you in. It has a tendency to repeat itself, with information being passed to Duncan several times as if it’s the first time he’s heard it, and the plot towards the end seemed stuck in an eternal loop where the same mistakes resulted in the same outcome until I thought it would never end.

However, at its heart, this is a fun adventure with dragons and wizards and a weird mashed-up setting and language that borrows a fair bit from Anglo-Saxon English mixed in with some Celtic ideas, but set in North America. Duncan is a pretty ordinary kid, who also happens to be in a wheelchair. He seems a nice enough kid – loyal, gutsy and determined – especially as his various guides don’t offer him much assistance on his quest. I liked his dog, Tripod, too.

As for the other characters, well, they range from Merill Templar the teacher to Kathy, the pretty girl who is also very tough and best-friend Jamie who is rarely serious, through to a handful of bad guys, and there’s even a dragon. The action skips between them, so it’s sometimes hard to know which character you’re following, but at least it keeps things ticking along.

I have to admit I was a little confused about Myrrdin’s role in everything, because if he was the one to hide the egg, surely he might remember where it was. But sometimes even Myrddin doesn’t seem to know who he is or what he’s supposed to have done. The history was kind of confusing too – just how long ago did dragons live? How advanced were the humans that they could mine diamonds from underground? Also, just what do dragons use the gold and diamonds for? For me the world-building was pretty sketchy – Anglo-Saxon/Germanic languages in a North American prehistoric setting – and I would also have appreciated more description, especially in the action scenes where it was X did this, Y did that. Oops.

So overall this is an okay read. It’s a simple tale that tries tends to over-complicate things by going round in circles and repeating things we learned several chapters before, but I think young boys in particular would enjoy following Duncan’s adventures. It was just a little too rough and ready and dialogue-focused for my own personal tastes.

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