Book Review: Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat From the Past by Paul Cude

March 21, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat From the Past by Paul CudeBentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude
Series: Bentwhistle #1
Published by Self-Published on 19th October 2011
Pages: 384
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Part is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you'll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you're wearing nothing but your smile! You'd be flamin' mad to miss it.

 

I do like dragon books. I never thought that would be a sentence I’d type, but it’s true. I do like them a lot. I think it’s because these fantasy books just seem to take world-building to another level – everything gets more creative, complex and extravagant, much like many dragons lives.

Peter was an interesting character. He wasn’t the most thrilling main character ever, but I liked him enough, and thought his character development throughout the book was great. I definitely warmed up to him as the book went on. Tank, Peter’s best friend, was just a fantastic character – probably my favourite in the entire book. I liked him from the very beginning, and found him to be the type of person I’d get on with myself. Manson was such a creepy character! I so wanted Peter to get the better of him several times. I did guess his back story pretty much straight away, but I was not in any way prepared for the final showdown between Manson and Peter.

Cude’s take on dragons was great. I found it to be original and enticing, like the idea that dragons get around the country via an underground train system that means it only takes mere minutes, instead of hours, to get around the entire country. I really can’t wait to see how he builds on the world in the second book. Reading it really made me want to be a dragon myself!

The plot did take a little while to get going for me. The first 10% felt like a bit of a slog, but the plot soon gained pace after that, which I was so thankful for, otherwise the book would have really dragged for me, and I was desperate for that not to happen.

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat From the Past is a fun, action packed fantasy adventure which I really enjoyed. As I said at the start of the review, I like dragon books. And this one was definitely no exception to that statement!

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