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‘The Dragondain’ by Richard Due

Jasper understood nightmares. Drowning, tumbling about in darkness, not being able to breathe – or just being afraid to breathe – these were all fair game in the realm of nightmares. The weirdest thing about this dream, though, was that he really thought he was wide awake. Of course, he’d had those before, too: the lucid ones – dreams so real they were just like being awake.

And he was pretty sure he was having one of them right now.

It isn’t very often that I have either dreams or nightmares that I can actually remember and so to be able to dream as lucidly and vividly as Jasper seems to, must be more than a little frightening at times. Mind you, Jasper and his sister Lily aren’t your average children, from an average family!


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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of  ‘The Dragondain’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Richard Due.

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    • Hi Naida,

      Personally, I don’t know which are worse, the dreams and nightmares I can remember, or the ones I can’t!

      They do say that you should always wake up before something terrible happens and I think that in Jasper’s case, that is probably a very good thing!

      An excellent start to this book and a fitting sequel to ‘The Moon Coin’

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Look forward to your thoughts on this as it sounds rather interesting and I’m always on the lookout for new titles to recommend to my grand-daughter.

    • Hi Cath,

      The first book in the series ‘The Moon Coin’, has won all kinds of awards and accolades, so would be an excellent place for your grand-daughter to start.


      ‘The Dragondain’ is shaping up nicely as a great sequel, which continues the adventures of our two principal characters and the extended cast, whilst introducing some new characters and places, along the way.

      This is a great series for both adults and younger readers alike, as it has some fast paced dialogue and intense action, designed to hold the interest of the reader throughout.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      I had never really thought about ‘The Dragondain’ being scary before, but I guess that it is quite intense in places, despite one or two more lighthearted moments.

      There never seems to be a time when I am waiting for something to happen although, as this is categorised as a YA read, that probably isn’t a bad thing, as it would hold the interest of the younger reader with ease.

      Thanks for stopping by, sorry this isn’t one for your reading list.

    • Hi Gilion,

      I don’t always get the opportunity to participate in Book Beginnings on a regular basis, however it is one of my favourite memes and I do truly believe that the opening lines of a book are as important in setting the scene for a story, as the synopsis is.

      Jasper’s dreams are certainly intense and would be quite scary for most children, however, he appears to be taking it all in his stride so far, even going so far as to enjoying many aspects of it.

      Thanks for visiting today, your comments are always appreciated.

  • Hurrah, so pleased that I’m able to sign in as Petty Witter — I don’t know how or why but my blog has changed to google+, my blog profile has disappeared and I’m unable to sign in as Petty Witter which is causing some confusion on just about every other blog I’ve visited.

    Anyway, loving the sound of this, it’s such a great cover.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I wondered why you had been so quiet on the blogging boards just lately, it’s great to have you back in full voice.

      Don’t you just love technology? To be honest with you, if it weren’t for the fact that hubbie is a whiz with all this stuff, Fiction Books would have disappeared months ago, along with the first set of WordPress updates!!

      The cover art and drawings within both this and the first book in the series, are all down to a fantastic illustrator called Carolyn Arcabascio.


      I know that Carolyn is predominantly a children’s illustrator and the ‘Moon Realm’ series itself , is targeted at a YA audience, but to my mind it works great as an adult fantasy read and the illustrations can be appreciated by just about anyone who has an eye for excellent artistic interpretation.

      Hope that you are having a great weekend, despite the grey skies!

    • Hi Kathy,

      Sometimes it would good to be able to remember my dreams, especially as I have been known to talk aloud!

      There have been occasions when I have woken in tears, or Mr.G has had to wake me up from a particularly bad dream, although these are the ones that I never seem to really remember, I guess the brain shuts out memories which are too painful or vivid!!

      Jasper and Lily seem able to take all their experiences in their stride, perhaps this is an inherent trait in the young…

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to this post, it is appreciated.

    • Hi Nikki,

      As the children’s powers appear to increase, the excitement and danger is definitely hotting up.

      There are some great characters and places on the many different moons of the ‘Moon Realm’, although as yet, the children’s quest to discover the whereabouts of their Uncle Ebb, has proved fruitless, although everyone they meet on their adventures, seems to have heard of him and he obviously has a revered reputation.

      I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, however this series is definitely very readable and enjoyable.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your contributions.

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