Review: The Dragon’s Tooth

Review: The Dragon’s Tooth

The Dragon’s Tooth: Ashtown Burials #1
by N.D. Wilson
published by Random House
original publication: 2011
size: 577KB (498 pages)
categories: children’s; action & adventure
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
part of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: no
text-to-speech: yes
Note: I read an EPUB version of this on my Kindle Fire

When I started reading Ashtown Burials, I didn’t know very much about it. I borrowed it from my public library, and there aren’t a lot of available choices. I did pick the science fiction/fantasy category, so I knew it was going to fall into that group.

I was enjoying the beginning of it. It’s a harsh, dark reality, and we view it through Cyrus Smith. While life has not been kind to Cyrus, it hasn’t defeated the 12-year old either. That doesn’t mean that this a bubbly kid…no, there have been clear injustices, and that has had a realistic impact.

Unfortunately, once the book got into the “discovered destiny” portion, it had an awkward mix to me of whimsy and horror.

MILD SPOILER ALERT

On the one hand, we have what amounts to experimental torture. On the other, we have human-powered flying machines and friendly sharks.

END SPOILER ALERT

I’m fine with whimsy…I love the Oz books, for example. One could argue that Harry Potter had both whimsy and horror, but it felt much more organic to me. The early part of the book just didn’t fit, as far as I was concerned…and unfortunately, that was the shorter portion.

There are elements here and there that were interesting, and I can see how someone would think they were cool. The author brings in historical figures, and that added spice to it. For me, though, the overall inconsistency made it an unsatisfying read.

Please feel free to counter my opinion if you love the book by commenting on this post. I didn’t regret having read the book, and did enjoy the beginning.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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