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Book Review: Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation by Paul Cude

November 8, 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 Chilling Revelation by Paul CudeBentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation by Paul Cude
Series: Bentwhistle #2
Published by Self-Published on 23rd February 2014
Pages: 636
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
Following his harrowing and near death experience at the talons of the evil dragon Manson in 'A Threat From The Past', Peter Bentwhistle, the human shaped dragon and reluctant hero, finds himself on the slow path to recovery.
Helped by his dragon friends, Tank and Richie (both in their human forms), he finds solace in his new found friendship with the dragon king. But the three friends are soon unwittingly drawn into a deadly plot, when a straight forward meeting with the monarch sees them helping an injured dragon agent, straight back from his mission in Antarctica with news of a devastating encounter with another ancient race.
Blackmail, intrigue, forbidden love interests, a near fatal mantra gone wrong, a highly charged rugby match in which Tank takes a beating, combined with enough laminium ball action to please dragons the world over, stretch the bonds of the dragons' friendship like never before. New friends and ancient enemies clash as the planet braces itself for one of the most outrageous attacks it has ever seen. Lost secrets and untold lore come to light, while sinister forces attempt to steal much coveted magic.
Explosive exploits, interspersed with a chilly backdrop and unexpected danger at every turn, make for an action-packed, electrifying adventure.
'Snow way you'll wanna miss this!

 

It has taken me far too long to read and review Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Chilling Revelation, not because it’s a bad book, but it’s huge. Over 600 pages long huge. So I had to chip at it little by little until I was able to complete it.

It was lovely to be able to return back to Peter’s world and revisit both him and his friends Richie and Tank. There’s just something about Peter that really draws me to him, I think it’s his reluctance to be the hero and be in the spotlight. He’s not a fame hungry person, he just wants to live his day to day life and have done with it. His interactions with Janice were lovely to read too, I thought their scenes were really sweet.

I still love Tank, his character is one of my favourites from the series, I think it’s because of how down to earth and funny he is. I really liked Flash too, I found him to be an interesting character who helped liven up the scenes he was in. I can’t say I was a huge fan of Richie in this book, I understood why she acted the way she did, but I felt she took her anger out on Peter a little too much.

Cude’s writing is excellent, as I came to expect from the first book, but this book is definitely not for the faint hearted thanks to its mammoth size. It’s definitely worth making your way through though, even if progress is slow. The Bentwhistle books are always packed with adventure and intrigue, and well worth picking up if you’re a fantasy fan.

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!