Monday, September 30, 2019

The Last Dragon by James Riley- Review and Giveaway!


Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing a brand new release, The Last Dragon by James Riley! It goes on sale next week on Oct. 8th. The publisher is offering a copy of books 1 and 2 in the series to ONE lucky winner in the  US. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below.
The Book-
Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive?

And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret?

Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down.

My Thoughts-
First off, this is book two in the series and I did not read the first one. Luckily, the author does a great job of releasing info so that the reader fully understands what came before. However, some of the things he mentions seem really cool and I wish I'd read the first book. So my recommendation is to read the first one.

The story starts off with Fort now at the new Oppenheimer school for magical kids. He can't forget that his father was taken in the last book, so the entire theme of this second book is to find and recover dad. Everything Fort does is to accomplish this goal. The story starts a bit slow and I had to push myself to keep reading so I could get to the juicy stuff. Once the story gets rolling, I went along for the ride and loved Fort's adventure into another universe to rescue his dad.

There is a great twist that took me by surprise and loyal friends to save the day. I enjoyed the story and can't wait to see what happens in book 3. I'm giving it 4 stars!

The Author-
JAMES RILEY lives in Virginia. He is the author of Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time, and The Story Thieves series. Find him online at james-riley-author.tumblr.com or on Twitter @_JamesRiley_. Author Photo by Maarten de Boer


The Giveaway-




a Rafflecopter giveaway

25 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading more from James Riley! My eight year old will love this. A school for magical kids and dragons are right up her alley!

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    1. I love magical school books. Everyone has their own unique twist on them.

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  2. I've enjoyed Riley's previous books but haven't had the time to start in on this series. Your review convinced me to change that omission ASAP. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm always on the hunt for books that will pique Otto's interest. Definitely going to have to check this one out.

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  4. I love fantasy books. Can’t wait to read these

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  5. Dragons are my favorite mythical creature

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  6. "What is your favorite mythical creature?" Mermaids!

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    1. The happy ones or the mythical sharp teeth, drag people to their death kind? lol

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  7. Sounds great. Love the covers! I am a fan of unicorns.

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    1. Unicorns fascinate me, especially their sense of purity and healing.

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  8. Looks awesome! I need to read this, even though it's for kids. xD

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  9. Ah, I just don't read fantasy but I have friends and grandkids who do. Good to know about. Thanks for the review.

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  10. Fantastic author! Thanks for setting up this giveaway!

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    1. Forgot to add favorite mythical creature. Dragons still do it for me..!

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  11. I loved the first book in this series. I need to catch up!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Oh, and my favorite mythical creature is either a dragon or a unicorn. I can't decide!

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