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    Soon after Marc discovers he has strange powers (nothing can burn him, moments of telekinesis happen randomly, strange dreams about ancient, burning villages), Steve, a new boy in town, shows him that he is not the only Dragonkyn by ‘resurrecting’ the long-neglected grill in his backyard, sans propane tank. Marc is astonished. Steve explains that dragons used to be real until they were hunted down fifteen hundred years ago. As their extinction loomed, many of them became stowaways on the DNA of the only creature they knew would survive: the very humans hunting them. Their dragon powers lay dormant until the 77th (Marc and Steve's) generation completes puberty.

    Steve has come to recruit Marc to join their group, lead by Victor, a 17-year old Dragonkyn. However, not all mentors are nice old guys like Ben Kenobi. During Marc’s adventure, he meets Jen, who not only spews fire better than anyone but also helps him discover how to develop his new dragon-talents. Marc's burgeoning powers, alliances, and friendships are put to the test as he fights for his own sense of right vs. wrong in the face of a world that has vilified dragons for most of history.

    Overall Customer Rating of 3 Reviews:

    An Amazing Read!

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    "An amazing read!!

    Could easily rival the "Twilight" series, in scope AND detail! Beautifully written..."

    Perfect for all ages!

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    • Age-appropriate
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    I can't wait to read the next book in this series! (I'm assuming there will be more - SOON I hope) To me, this book is perfect for young adults - exciting, age-appropriate and with more than enough adventure for parents (and grandparents) too. It has all the elements I loved about the "Harry Potter" series (growing up in an evolving world as a teenager who is learning about life as well as talents/powers) as well as the intrigue of the boys who transform into wolves in the "Twilight" series. This author has a brilliant mind and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.

    Mebane, NC

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    I love doing book reviews, and when I saw the description of Dragonkyn, by Nathan Smith Jones, I wanted my 11-year-old to read it and give his review. He loves fantasy, and dragons.



    Overall, he liked the book. He loved the surprise factor - that the book was never predictable. He admired the trio of Alex, Jen and Marc because of their selflessness and sacrifice. He also loved how Marah was a true friend and selfless. My son thought the characters were described very well, and he said he could imagine them as real people. He also liked how they had different powers that were all exciting.



    He did think that the book was gruesome, and a little too violent. He also didn't see a huge point to the book as far as lessons learned. He felt that the book needs a sequel, as it left the reader with a cliffhanger. He gave the book 3.5 stars.



    I read the book too. I have read YA books before where teenage characters are not written with teenage voices or personalities. I felt that Jones did a great job writing Marc as a teenage boy. Marc, as the main character of the story, is a good kid overall. He loves his mother, and is a good friend. He is poor, and is picked on sometimes by peers, and even a local policeman, but he is easy to relate to and to like.



    One day when making a grilled cheese sandwich, Marc realizes that he is different. Through dreams, interactions, training, and danger, he learns who he is and what powers he possesses (and how to channel them).



    The book was well-written and interesting. As my son said, it really was full of surprises, and I found myself wrapped up in trying to figure out who the good guys and bad guys were.



    There were multiple grammatical errors in the book, and many run-on sentences. I sensed they were written that way to help the reader hear the character's voice, but oftentimes I had to read a sentence more than once to process it.



    I did not like the amount of violence in the book. It was quite an evil story, and honestly, I found it hard to see how any person (or dragonkyn) with morals could be a part of the Sorceron. It didn't make sense to me. It read like a cult, and I wanted to know more about Victor and why everyone followed him, even people who were moral, like Marah.



    Kind of like my son, I wondered what the point of the book was. The story was full of suspense and danger, with some lessons of personal growth and relationship development. However, there were many questions at the end of the book. I understand there will likely be a sequel, but I was not satisfied with all the loose ends. I had way more questions than answers, and I didn't get a sense of rooting for the Dragonkyn or caring about their future as a group. I cared about Marc, Jen and Alex, but what would their future be? Would it be separate from the rest or with? Would they be welcomed? What is Victor's next plan? What about Drakesel? There was quite a gory scene in an alley towards the beginning of the book that was never revisited. Who did that?



    I just felt that violence and hatred led the book and there wasn't enough substance. There was no real cause to stand behind other than not dying, and learning to develop one's dragon powers. I did like the concept of the Vibe, though. I thought that was clever and profound.



    Regardless of my reservations, I must keep in mind this is a YA novel, and I am sure teenagers will enjoy the book, as long as they can stomach all the violence. If your teenager (or you) like dragons, and suspense, read this book.