In the Shadow of the Dragon King

In the Shadow of the Dragon King Seventeen year old Eric is a kick butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome Determined to prove his wort

  • Title: In the Shadow of the Dragon King
  • Author: J. Keller Ford
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Seventeen year old, Eric, is a kick butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby Sixteen year old, David, spends his days collecting school honors,Seventeen year old, Eric, is a kick butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby Sixteen year old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two hundred year old prophecy He s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

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    1. Original Post: In the Shadow of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow 1) at FLYLēF (flylef)I SUPPOSE I can’t love them all. Though, I was taken by surprise that I didn’t love In the Shadow of the Dragon King, by J. Keller Ford. The cover, synopsis, and genre were spot on—a trifecta of sorts. And, did I mention dragon? I thought (or hoped) I would be reading about a coming-of-age story where the deep bonds of camaraderie between Eric and David are forged, as they set out on an epic [...]

    2. Be ready to be blown away! In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford is an epic, YA fantasy that will transport you to a different world. The teens sound like teens, the characters are complex, the world-building is top notch, and there is a perfect mix of fantasy and reality. In the Shadow of the Dragon King has two plotlines that intertwine. In our world, sixteen-year-old David lives in a mansion, contemplates kissing his best friend Charlotte, and kicks butt at archery tournaments [...]

    3. Destinies collide in this enjoyable tale. Modern with fantasy. Commoner vs royal. Good dragons vs evil dragons. Fire vs ice. In many ways, the two protagonists, David and Eric, share similar traits. Both exude youth. Both unveil their secret pasts as the tale unwinds. The tale also reminded me of video games like World of Warcraft, which the book also mentions, though not by name, within its pages. Paladins were supposed to be large and strong, for example, not scrawny. An enjoyable, easy read.

    4. When I was a teenager, I was full-on obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I had practically memorized the maps of Middle Earth and imagined how cool it would be to escape my life and go on a quest with the characters. (I also had a huge crush on Aragorn, but that’s beside the point…)Anyway, reading Tolkien spurred my love of dragons and fantasy. I have massive amounts of respect for any writer who can create a fantasy world out of nothing and make it feel real, as real as the world in which [...]

    5. Checkout my full review on my blog! omgbooksandmorebooks.Overall I really enjoyed In the Shadow of the Dragon King (that's such a long title!). There is a nice mix of high fantasy and urban fantasy. The world building is rich with much details about the setting and the creatures. This book is told in two point of views, Eric, who is a squire and David who is loyal and determined. Even the secondary characters have life to them. Eric and David must destroy the dragon in order to save their people [...]

    6. In the Shadow of the Dragon King skillfully weaves the tale of two very different boys with similar destinies. Eric lives in Fallhallow, an enchanted land riddled by war and destruction. David lives in the modern world until he and his friend Charlotte are called upon to travel to Fallhallow. David’s purpose is not immediately clear, but it’s obvious that everyone believes he's somehow tied into the conflict surrounding the dragon king. The complexity of the plot kept me turning pages, tryin [...]

    7. This great adventure story is the first installment of a trilogy. It's an exciting read that will leave you breathless and wanting more!A couple of modern-day teens are transported to an alternate world replete with magic, dragons, and a variety of other mythical beings. It turns out that one of them, David, has a purpose to fulfill. Thousands of lives depend on his ability to rapidly learn magic and win battles against powerful foes. Worse, the life of Charlotte, his closest friend from this wo [...]

    8. My 15 year old son reviews In the Shadow of the Dragon King. I Wish I had a tape recorder on while he was reading over the past few weeks to catch all his comments along the way… Very refreshing as my picky reader has DNF’ed half the books I’ve given him lately. Apparently, he’s very into knights and dragons who knew? **********************************This book is about a realm called Fallhollow in a parallel universe to earth where there is a dragon called Einar that attacks the good ki [...]

    9. My mind is blown with how completely magnificent this book is! And I'm super grateful Ms J is making it a trilogy. And though the blurb is good it really doesn't do this book justice because there's just so much MORE! So there's two major places this book takes place, our normal world, and Fallhollow. Davis lives here in our world but he is a lot more than just human. His parents sent him here to be safe from the threats at home. And then Eric is from Fallhollow. He's a knight's squire. He's a g [...]

    10. While I did a spend a good portion of this book without a super-clear idea of what was going on, for once, that actually didn’t bother me too much. What I mean is, since the book was mostly in deep third POV, I only knew what the POV character, either Eric or David, knew and often, that wasn’t a lot. People spent a lot of time keeping these two in the dark, feeding them only the information they ABSOLUTELY NEEDED to know—and frankly, sometimes not even that much. But even with that, even w [...]

    11. I love this book! I just don't like it, I love it! I could go one for hours about how in-depth this book is. It was truly a deep fantasy ride filled with beautiful descriptions! I fell in love with David, was awed by Slavandria(Sp?) and Charlotte was my kind of heroine, Eric however, needed a good swift kick in the butt. There were dragons, intrigue, a man named Trog, missing royalty, a woman with light purple hair. A definite must read!

    12. I loved this book! Wasn't expecting a book like this. The connection between the actual world and the fantasy world, blew my mind. All the characters were really interesting and well developed, i must say a built a special fondness for Eric!! Well done Mrs Ford, well done!!

    13. I read a lot of fantasy, and it's always nice to become engrossed in a magical new world. This one didn't disappoint. I completely fell for Fallhollow. The characters were three-dimensional and full of life, and the integration of two worlds was different from what I'm used to reading. There were twists to keep things exciting, and the description was just enough without the flowery, "purple prose" some authors resort to using--which can be poetic but often times unnecessary and distracting. I'm [...]

    14. This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads:I initially requested this ARC because I read the synopsis and thought it sounded a lot like Skyrim. I thought to myself, "Dragons, and someone called the Paladin? Sounds an awful lot like the DragonbornI'm in!" Since I've been burning through the game I thought it was a perfect book for me to read. And I have to say I did end up really enjoying this one!What really hooked me in was the world building. From the first chapter we are [...]

    15. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the lovely author. This has not altered my opinion on the book.One look at this cover and I really couldn’t say no. This desire was only amplified after reading the summary on the back. With the dragon on the cover, it’s a sealed deal and it seemed like the ideal fantasy book and I was looking forward to a solid adventure. That is what I got, though not exactly in the way I anticipated.To say I disliked this book would be highly inac [...]

    16. DNF'd at 50%When I read the synopsis for this book I was so excited to get my hands on this book! It sounded so exciting and like an epic adventure. Unfortunately this novel just fell completely flat for me. I really tried to like it. I got halfway through this book and I just had to put it down. I just couldn't go on any longer. I felt like there wasn't much world building. The conversations in the book were lengthy and unneeded at times. It felt like I was reading a conversation more than read [...]

    17. I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.This is an okay fantasy adventure, it just didn’t engage me the way I hoped it would. The two main characters are two teenage boys named Eric and David who are navigating the magical world of Fallhollow. Eric is a hot-headed squire desperate to prove himself and David is a confused high school student forced into Fallhollow by people claiming that he is a paladin with a destiny in their world. The book switches between th [...]

    18. I was given an advanced reader copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. In The Shadow of the Dragon King holds an interesting idea. The world is in trouble and needs a hero. It's a rather common trope used in literature and movies. In fact, the archetypes read directly into the idea of the hero's journey. This debut novel follows David who's called to be a hero and save a world he's never seen or heard of. Sounds promising, right? Mostly right. This book holds an interesting premise wi [...]

    19. In the Shadow of the Dragon King is a wonderful mix of high fantasy and urban fantasy. It took me back to all the fantasy adventures I’ve loved: The Princess Bride, The Labyrinth, Willow, and The Lord of the Rings—all the books and movies that make the imagination soar and realms full of rich detail and magical creatures come to life.The story is told from dual points of view: Eric is a squire who is inquisitive and brave and lives in the magical realm of Fallhollow, while David—equally br [...]

    20. Thanking the author for this opportunity to read and review In the Shadow of the Dragon King.I'll be honest and tell you, there wasn't much more on my mind than "Oh, a dragon? I'm in!" when I got my hands on this book. I had no idea where it would take me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't care! I just didn't expect how intense the connection with 'the here and now' & the parallel world of Fallhollow would be.Chapters and worlds alternate each other. In Fallhollow we've got Eric, wh [...]

    21. This book is pretty great. We have lots of mystery and hidden secrets and dragons, even sword fighting. What's not to like about this book? However it does have kind of two different stories that make you think one is in the past and one is present or future. But they do intertwine and basically come to together and make sense.We first met Eric a young guy who is training to be a knight with Trog one of the best out there. But Eric is tired of just polishing boots and cleaning swords.He gets int [...]

    22. In The Shadow Of The Dragon King By J. Keller FordHad Eric known what daylight would bring after the nightmares ended, he would have remained in bed, the covers pulled over his head. Instead, he waded through the puddles of the castle’s upper courtyard, each gong from the clock tower coiling his stomach into tighter knots. Sloshing beside him along the aisle of topiaries and statues was his best friend, a devilish lad with unkempt hair the color of dirt and a cockeyed grin. I don't know why bu [...]

    23. This a delightful story that weave the story of two boys who lives are intertwined even thought they are from to very different worlds. You got David from our world who has no knowledge of magic and then you got Eric who just wants to be noticed for those things he desperately feels he can do. The two will meet and those this book is very long for a first novel it does a great job of describing the landscape, the creatures you encounter and keeps you guessing right up to the end. A very well don [...]

    24. What can I say about this book other then it is full of detail that lets you picture how it looks in you mind and its makes for a great escape. The characters were able to catch my interest and hold me and made me fall deeper and deeper into Fords wonderful world. I enjoyed this book so much that I told my kids about it and now they want to read it. And that says a lot cause they dont read like I dolol

    25. Review:Protagonists: This book is told in alternating points of view between Eric, a young squire, who after constant coddling sets out to prove himself, and David a boy from a world much like ours who finds out that he holds an immense destiny in Fallhollow. A lot of Eric's character development stems from the fact that Sir Trogsdill, the knight he serves, and all of Trog's friends handle Eric with kid gloves. They are so overprotective of him that at one point in the story he snaps and does wh [...]

    26. I read this book a lot faster than I thought I would because the world and adventure drew me in. There’s a good bit of action to balance out a lot of explanation and dialogue – which was needed in a book that spans both our world and a fantasy one. There’s a good range of characters, and the main heroes’ journeys make you want to follow them along and figure out what’s up.The world of Fallhollow is your basic fantasy realm with kings and queens, mages, knights, and of course dragons. T [...]

    27. Great read! The story starts with David, a teenage boy who lives on earth. He's a normal teenager with a crush on his best friend Charlotte. Eric is a squire from a medieval parallel universe. In Eric's world, magic exists and the Dragon King has risen and started a war. David is pulled from his dimension into Eric's. Once David arrives in this extremely different reality he is confronted by supernatural beings, mystical surroundings, and evil villains who want to kill him. It's like he's gone d [...]

    28. The people whom rated this 1 star, didn't read it! I Really enjoyed it and looking forward to book 2 and 3!!!

    29. This book has a lot to offer: destiny, dimension hopping, drama and desire! Also, one truly terrifying dragon. Some roughness in the prose, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

    30. An intriguing, riveting tale of two very different characters in one very unique and compelling world. I loved this book!

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