Discover a New Book: Dragon Called by Melissa Christopherson and The Four Magical Princesses by Jacob Howell

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In the course of one weekend I tackled two middle grade fantasy novels written by local authors. In general, both books would be great read aloud books. However, both books suffered from similar world-building and general formatting errors.

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Dragon Called
by Melissa Christopherson

Dragon Called shows promise at being a strong story. I liked the characters and the basics of the world—fantastical shifters!—were enjoyable. However, there are some world building issues that caused me to become confused about how the shifting actually works as it was never fully explained. This lead to some grammatical issues with pronoun assignments throughout the novel. It also felt like the physical world the characters inhabited was not fully mapped out. The use of country names vs. city names interchangeably led me to become disoriented and there were times I wasn’t quite sure where the characters were or where they were heading.

I was reminded a bit of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman while reading Dragon Called, but it’s overall structure and world-building isn’t as strong as Hartman’s duology.

 

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The Four Magical Princesses
by Jacob Howell

The Four Magical Princesses falls firmly in a children’s chapter book or middle grade novel realm. However, its lack of chapter breaks or clear breaks in the action is a pain point as it was hard to know when to take break and it’s a tad long to read it all in one sitting with kids.

My favorite part of The Four Magical Princesses is the four princesses. Each one is unique and has special powers. Each princess discovers her power in her own time and how that power can be used to save the kingdom. In the end, the princesses discover how to work with each other and other magical creatures. The lessons of the story are handled well and left me smiling.

Both of these novels might good books for parents and children to read aloud together. The stronger of the two books is The Four Magical Princesses, but both books do have elements of the fantastical that are appealing and with a little more work could shine.

 

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Discover a New Book: Dragon Called by Melissa Christopherson and The Four Magical Princesses by Jacob Howell

The Four Magical Princesses

Author: Jacob Howell
Published on: April 15, 2016
Pages: 152
Genres: fantasy, middle grade
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My Rating: Thumbs Down

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Discover a New Book: Dragon Called by Melissa Christopherson and The Four Magical Princesses by Jacob Howell

Dragon Called

Author: Melissa Christopherson
Published on: October 1, 2015
Pages: 289
Genres: fantasy, middle grade
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My Rating: Thumbs Down

About Melissa Christopherson

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Melissa Christopherson is an avid reader, passionate writer, and lover of everything literary. She previously served as an AmeriCorps Service Member in the AmeriCorps Iowa ReadingCorps and is proud to have helped kids enhance their literary abilities. She also served two years as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo in the Iowa area to help other authors grow in both ability and confidence. She now works in a non-literary field while writing full time as well, in the Des Moines, IA area.

Melissa was born in Mason City, Iowa, and has spent most of her life reading books and spent most of her younger years daydreaming. While in high school, she participated in Academic Decathlon for four years, and credits the reading assignments for the club for further expanding her literary horizons. She is currently pursuing a degree in English, with a client-centered distributive minor.

 

 


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