About Dragon’s Future (from Amazon):
Every child of Woolpren dreams of becoming one, but only a few are chosen. Now, ten-year-old twin brother and sister, Ruskya and Duskya, have been selected to join an elite group of riders: dragon riders. Full of awe and excitement, the twins leave their mother, and their home, to train for their new lives.
Fifteen years later, dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. One day, Ruskya is at the general store in town when a man announces that he is recruiting new dragon riders. Ruskya goes undercover, and discovers that there is another colony of riders with their own agenda—a quest to find a mysterious plant that could restore the dragon population, or destroy it. When a battle erupts between the two colonies, it’s up to Ruskya and his friends to fight for their dragons’ future, and their lives.
Follow Ruskya’s quest in this exciting middle grade fantasy series by new author Kandi J Wyatt.
About Kandi J. Wyatt (from Amazon):
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.”
I give Dragon’s Future by Kandi J. Wyatt 4.5 out of 5 stars.
If you’re looking for an epic fantasy adventure for your pre-teen, or even to read aloud to the whole family, Dragon’s Future is a great choice. Aside from How to Train Your Dragon, this is really the first time I’ve been exposed to a dragon-centric narrative, and I really enjoyed it.
In the first pages, Wyatt immediately draws readers into her world of dragons and and their riders. I enjoyed the Wild West vibe with canyons and deserts and farms, and yet it had also carried a more ancient feel. It’s hard to describe, because it was so impeccably done, but if you read it, you’ll know what I mean.
Then there was the plot, which all at once carries readers through exciting and fiery battles, while mystery unfolds.
I loved the characters. They all had these complex histories that played out without disrupting the narrative. Not only were the humans well-developed, but the dragons were as well: they had their own histories. I also loved that the dragons weren’t creatures to be controlled, but characters to be nurtured. I did want to see more of Duskya, and thought her ending was a little out of nowhere, but I suspect that will come into play later in the series.
Needless to say, this triple threat (world-building, plot, and characterization) captured my heart from open to close, and I look forward to the next installment. I’m also looking forward to Wyatt’s novel geared towards an older audience, The One Who Sees Me.
Disclosure: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Additionally, Kandi and I are both published through Vox Dei. (Or she is, and I am about to be). Neither situation has any impact on my opinion.