Andy Smithson

Andy Smithson : Blast of the Dragon's Fury (Book One)

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Praise for Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book 1 ""I LOVED it! Totally hooked and want to hear more. When's the sequel coming out?"" - M. Tate, Book Reviewer Ten-year-old Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble with his overambitious parents--until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times era, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There's just one small problem, he's never battled dragons, except in video games. Armed with only his wits, an ancient sword and a magic key, he must overcome grave peril at every turn before he can even attempt the feat. No pressure, but it's his skill alone that will save - or condemn - the kingdom forever. ""This mythical story has plenty of exciting moments and a great deal of humor... Delightful characters including stone knight statues that come to life, exciting moments, and plenty of cool extras."" - SP Reviews ""The humor is visible with many clever touches. The characters are believable... in this multi-layered, mythical story."" - Editor, A Woman's Write ""What a wonderful read, it grabbed me from the first lines, and lively writing and dialogue kept me there!"" - Author, The Sword of Demelza The Andy Smithson allegorical juvenile fiction series of fantasy books for kids 9-12 includes: "Blast of the Dragon's Fury, Book One" "Venom of the Serpent's Cunning, Book Two" "Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor, Book Three" - Coming Fall 2014 Yet unnamed books four to sevenshow more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 12mm | 280g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1482312646
  • 9781482312645

About L R W Lee

L. R. W. Lee is the author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of fantasy books for kids 9 12, set in medieval times with knights, magic and mythical adventures. She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband, her daughter who is a Longhorn at UT Austin and her son who is in high more

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Andy Smithson:Blast of the Dragon's Furyis a wonderful story for kids from middle grade to the tween years to read on their own. It is great for younger children who have an adult who will read it to them. Andy is a modern boy. He loves to play video games. He has parents who work and don't have time to spend with him. He is expected to do his best in all things without a lot of supervision. He finds himself pulled into a parallel dimension. Here the King needs help to break a curse that was placed by a vengeful ghost five hundred years ago. Andy is chosen because he is a descendant of the King's father, living outside the land of Oomaldee. This story has many elements of fantasy. There are dragons, Pegasus, a wizard with a speech impediment, castles, birds that change into men, etc. It is sure to capture the interest and imagination of the reader. I liked also that Andy is a boy who does his best. He's a good kid with a good heart. He starts to run around with a servant boy who is looked down upon because he is of a different race. He has green hair and that sets him apart from the others of the kingdom. Andy doesn't care. He sees the good in his friends and don't let insults and jeers from insensitive people get to him. I love that example for kids. This is a cute book. The book ends on a cliff hanger that will encourage kids to read more. I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for my honest more
by Lisa Faber
Do you like to play dragon-slaying video games? Ten-year-old Andrew Farrin Smithson does. Andy, a fifth-grader, lives in the United States with his parents Fred and Emily Smithson, who are both CEOs of large companies, and his older sister Madison. What Andy doesn't know is that 500 years before, in the land of Oomaldee, one of his ancestors, Prince Kaysan, killed his older sister Princess Imogenia who joined her already dead mother in the afterlife. Shortly after that her father, King Heraclon IV, also died, and Kaysan became King Heraclon V. However, to punish her brother Imogenia has placed a curse upon Oomaldee which involves a perpetual heavy fog. Part of the curse also makes the new King immortal so that he can continue to see the desolation of his land. However, the dead King and Queen eventually decide that the curse should no longer continue. One evening, while washing dishes, Andy is magically pulled into Oomaldee, which is very similar to early medieval England of King Arthur's time, to break the curse. With the help of the lisping wizard Mermin, who is a brother to Merlin and a cousin twice removed of mermen; Alden, a boy his own age who is the son of a castle servant; Merodach, a crusty old dragon trainer; and a sword named Methuseleh, Andy is sent on his mission by Heraclon to the Dragon's Lair to find the scale of an elusive red dragon which is needed to break the curse, and also hopefully to protect Oomaldee from invasion by the evil King Abbadon of the neighboring land of Hadession, who is himself a fierce dragon. Will Andy and Alden be successful in their search? Will the curse ever be lifted? Or will Abbadon be victorious? The exciting and humorous plot, with several unexpected twists, is well devised to grab the reader's attention from the very beginning and hold one's interest throughout. Some parents might want to know the following items ahead of time. The euphemistic words "crap" and "darn" are used. References to "farting," both by cows and people, and to dancing occur. Andy remembers times when he had to get up and go "pee" in the night. Someone is said to have "scratched his big butt." And someone else is called a "butt head." However, a lot of parents will have no problem with these things, and there is no cursing or profanity. From a positive standpoint, Andy learns some important lessons about overcoming fear and selfishness while learning patience and responsibility. Andy's adventures in the Land of Oomaldee will continue with book two of the series, Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent's more
by Wayne S. Walker
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