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Legend of the Dragon Slayer: The Origin Story of Dragonwatch

by Brandon Mull & Brandon Dorman

In ancient times, dragons posed the ultimate threat to the rest of the magical world. During the Dragon War, a group of specially trained Dragon Slayers banded together to stand against the onslaught. They called themselves Dragonwatch, and they succeeded in confining the majority of dragons to sanctuaries. Legend of the Dragon Slayer is the illustrated story of the very first Dragon Slayer who took to battle.

As the legend tells it, powerful monsters terrorized the kingdom of Selona on all sides. An unlikely hero named Konrad, the cobbler’s son, accepts the king’s challenge to defeat the monsters: fierce yeti, a merciless vampire, a dangerous gorgon, and a deadly phoenix. But Selona’s biggest threat will come from the Dragon, and it will take every ounce of wit and experience that Konrad has acquired to stand a chance against such a formidable foe.

Legend of the Dragon Slayer features a never-before-published catalog of Dragon Slayers, a detailed map of the kingdom of Selona, and lavish full-color illustrations. Fantasy fans will love this stand-alone tale of valor, destiny, and magic.

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Brandon Mull

About the Author – Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.

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About the Author – Brandon Dorman

The illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard, written by Jack Prelutsky, as well as Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray, and his own Pirates of the Sea! and Santa’s Stowaway. He received a degree in fine arts from Bringham Young University–Idaho.

My Review

5 stars

If you have read Mr. Mull’s Dragonwatch series, there has been a question of where the Dragonwatch originated. Wonder no more, here is their origin story!

The kingdom of Selona is surrounded by dangerous creatures something has to be done to expand so the people are not so crowded. The king submits a challenge for those that are brave enough to face the creatures and win, they will be richly rewarded.

No one answers the challenge, no knights, no warriors, but a cobbler’s son, Konrad steps up. He faces a gorgon, yeti, a vampire, and a phoenix. But his biggest challenge will come when he is king of Selona and has to face the Dragon.

I loved this book. It is filled with beautiful artwork and the monsters are fantastic. Konrad shows that you don’t have to be big and strong to defeat those around you. Although we do learn some surprising facts later on.

I love how the story ended and how it wrapped up as a great introduction for the Dragonwatch series. This would be a great introduction for children to start reading this series and even just a good bedtime story. This is one that you definitely want to add to your child’s bookshelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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