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"Easy to read, great for children…"
Aimed at the tween and young adult group of readership the Land of Dragor series has a unique charm, pure fantasy mixed with an edge of reality that keeps the readers engaged with the story.
The Gift of Charms introduces us to Yoshiko, a young Dragon born in unusual circumstances. As you follow his journey through early childhood you watch him learn to deal with his differences and eventually come to appreciate them instead of hide them. As you are learning about Yoshiko, his destiny, his family and friends, you are also getting to explore the marvellous and complex world that is Dragor.
This book is mystical, mysterious and full of adventure, it gives the perfect introduction to what will no doubt be a brilliant series.
After the great wars between the humans, dragons and evil cross breed dragsaurs, the dragons have found a way to live peacefully hidden away by the Fire Which Must Never Go Out.
The Fire is guarded by the most elite dragons, which all the young dragons want to grow up to be like. Yoshiko, like the others, strives to become just like them.
He faces some extraordinary challenges though, he was lucky to survive his birth due to his unusual multi coloured shell arousing much suspicion, he then becomes friends with the mysterious Guya, an elder dragon who should be left alone. Guya has had his own adventures and lived a life very different to that of the other dragons and helps Yoshiko unlock his own special powers and fulfil his destiny.
Like many children today he has to deal with bullying and feeling like an outcast and I love the way the book doesn't try to sugar coat this but shows him dealing with it in many different ways, until he finds the one that works for him. The many characters in the book provide brilliant role models for today's young people, some act with honesty and integrity that can be truly hard to find in the real world. All have their own issues that they are coming to terms with. It teaches you that everybody has both strengths and weaknesses and that it is normal.
There are many marvellous twists and turns in the plot to keep you gripped.
Whether this book will make the cross over from a tween novel into adult reading lists in the manner of the Twilight Saga and Hunger Games is yet to be seen, I personally enjoyed it but certainly felt it was aimed at a younger market. I would happily read it to my little boy when he is older and enjoy doing so, but I'm not convinced I would read it for my own pleasure.
Why not explore the Land of Dragor for yourself, you can visit Guya's cave or learn about the different dragon clans. Having this interactive element to the book is a really interesting way of engaging new readers in this increasingly digital age where sometimes a book just isn't enough to keep our children engaged.
You can pre-order the paperback from Amazon, currently £5.99 with free delivery. Due to be released 4th September 2014, this book will appeal to both boys and girls from ages 8+, it is a simple, easy and engaging read.
A message from the author:
‘It was during the time that my son was at junior school that I was inspired to write the first novel. Ideas came flooding to me. I had been thinking back to the wonderful vintage books I had read and wishing there were more like this - yet with unique edge and an interactive web presence. I knew first hand what parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were looking for when purchasing a book for their children, but more than that, I knew also what they sought themselves. Readers want gripping action, loads of adventure - all the classic aspects of heroes and villains, quests and hangars and the hope of happy endings.
I wanted to write books with universal appeal, that were fantastical and yet in many ways real to today; to fulfill the expectations of book lovers and hook a non-reader back into reading. For me this had to be in the form of a series, set in and a place we would all like to visit - and so the Land of Dragor came to be.
- Julia SuzukiRead moreLess
"Magical and Imaginative first book!! A must read!!…"
I recently finished this wonderful and magical book with my three kids. We all loved it and are glad that it will be a series. My oldest son is soon to be 7 and he loves dragons and dinosaurs and he LOVED Yoshiko. I loved the story, the magical land the adventure and characters. We can't wait for the next book.Read moreLess
Great for children, easy to read. It contains positive messages that help a child develop a sense of self worth.Read moreLess
"My daughters favourite book !…"
My daughter has now read this book several times !
So much so I had a read ...we both loved the world created the characters and the story.
I as a parent liked the morals promoted whilst not distracting from the appeal to my child !
Just a great read for all children.
Highly recommended !!!Read moreLess
"I love this original book and highly recommend it !…"
Yoshiko is a dragon who is different, he changes colour. As the dragons in each clan are a different colour this causes confusion and distrust. Being different he is teased by the other dragons, but it soon becomes clear that there is something special about him; he is destined to help the dragons in The Land of Dragor, who are not completely at peace with each other and there is unrest between the clans. As Yoshiko grows up he learns to love himself, and discovers his own strengths and realises that being different is not a disadvantage. Beautifully written, this book carries the message that we all have our own strengths and gifts, and we should use these to find happiness in our lives and to help others. A great book which children and adults can all take something from. We all love the mystical quality of dragons, and you can go online to the website and join the world of dragons - see which clan you belong to! A lovely book to share with your children. A good read for kids and adults alike. I look forward to the next book in this series.Read moreLess
"Highly imaginative brilliance…"
My Son & I read this enchanting, magical tale together. Truly wonderful, so pleased to hear it is a series. I'm sure the next book will be just like the first, we won't be able to put it down!Read moreLess
"a lively and highly imaginative book - my son loved it!…"
My 9 year old son couldnt put the book down.
His imagination just ran wild as he thought of the dragons and their lives. Looking forward to her next one!Read moreLess
Recently finished reading Julia Suzuki's debut novel 'Yoshiko and The Gift of Charms' with my 9 year old after my daughter had heard such good reviews from her friends in her school , have to say the hardback had sat on my shelf for a while. My daughter fell asleep (always think tha's a sign of a good story) and I found myself still reading it. So I've read some of it twice. I think it is really wonderful, an enchanting world like that the authors I used to like created. My favourite was CS Lewis. The best thing about it is that it is full of positive messages for kids about self belief and persistence wrapped up in a story of how a tormented dragon goes on to be the hero of the land. I really recommend this book.Read moreLess