Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past (Bentwhistle the Dragon #1) by Paul Cude
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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?
The book starts with a perfect introduction, which is actually a short story happening sometime in the past, when humans weren’t so advanced and when dragons tried to help them and control their own. The not-so-short chapter is a perfect mix of magic, mystery, and action. I wish the whole book was like that.
When the actual story starts the author moves us to the present times, to the Earth we seem to know. The thing is, there’s a whole world just under our feet. The world accessible only to dragons in their original form, as well as in their human bodies.
The blending of human and dragon worlds is perfect and extremely detailed. You can find out not only how it will all happen to exist, but also how the dragons can travel so fast and what’s their favorite sport. Actually, the descriptions are so detailed that you’ll find out not only the name of the sport, but also the game rules, the team members and how they happened to get their names. I think these are the details that kind of put me off. I do enjoy a good world building, but I think I got a bit overwhelmed here. Too many details, too little action
Each of the characters also gets their own story. Obviously, Bentwhistle, as the main hero, is especially well developed, but the author does not forget about the others. You will get insight into their lives, work, free time. You’ll see exactly how they fit into the story and how they influence it.
This review was hard for me to write. For some strange reason, this book and I couldn’t get along. It’s a pity because both the story and the world building seem great! Oh gosh, that would make a fantastic movie!
So yes, I didn’t manage to finish reading this book and I’ve decided to finally stop trying, but it doesn’t mean you have to follow because the story is good, the world and character building are fantastic and it’s all about dragons :).
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
Do you have a favorite book about dragons?