DIEGO’S DRAGON BOOK 4 for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The full title wouldn’t quite fit so here’s the full scoop – DIEGO’S DRAGON BOOK FOUR: MAZES, MONSTERS AND MYTHICAL HEROES

Previously I reviewed DIEGO’S DRAGON Book One (SPIRITS OF THE SUN); Book Two (DRAGONS OF THE DARK RIFT); and Book Three (BATTLE AT TENOCHTITLAN).

Diego is at his most desperate point in any of the four books. 61BF61TkzbL._AC_UL320_SR214,320_He’s separated from his dragon, Magnifico, while families from his California community, including his own, have disappeared. Diego’s destiny is certain to be a final battle with the Dark Lord, Satadon. History will forever change and the dragon world destroyed if he cannot defeat this menacing enemy.

In my reviews of the previous books I mentioned you could jump right in if you had not read the entire series. I wouldn’t attempt that with Book 4. There is so much going on that relates to the previous stories you will likely be lost without the needed background. Read the first three then enjoy this one. It’s an epic tale told in 100 chapters (though many are only a page long).

If you enjoy intricate plotting with many settings both present and in the past this one is for you. A dragon tale like no other.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2015   Pages: 394

FULL PLOT (From Amazon):  For all Diego knows, his dragon has fallen for the last time. All that remains of the Aztec nation hides in the forests and caves beyond Tenochtitlan. If Satadon can find and destroy the Mexica people, Diego, Racquel, and their families will join those who disappeared two years ago. Jenna, Racquel’s conduit, gently touches symbols carved on the walls of her prison. If she can find the right sequence inside the temple, she might open an ancient door unknown even to the Dark Lord. Satadon and the ancients are returning to Tenochtitlan. The Aztec gods are choosing sides for the coming battle. Warriors from another dimension appear in the ancient Mexica lands. Sol soars through the stars on a journey to save his dragon. Misterioso, protecting his lord, becomes weaker every hour. He believes Magnifico is dead, and he will wait and die with him if that is Sol’s wish.

FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT DIEGO’S DRAGON (BOOK FOUR): MAZES, MONSTERS, AND MYTHICAL HEROES  by Kevin Gerard

  1. A great tie in to the history of Mexico. Readers will be motivated to learn more about the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. This is the setting for a significant chunk of the action. I was also curious about another location I had not heard of: Popocatépetl.
  2. Five full page illustrations by Benito Gallego are a powerful companion to the written words. You can view them here at the Book 4 Teaser page on the Diego’s Dragon site.
  3. I said in my last review of this series that Conor, the Irish boy with a mysterious background, would play a significant role in Diego’s quest… Oh my, did he ever!
  4. I’m always searching for books that will challenge advanced readers. Diego’s fourth episode fits perfectly into that mold.
  5. Spanish words are thrown in throughout. Most can be figured out in context but a handy 2-page translation guide is present in the last pages of the book. Diversity both in language and characters.

FAVORITE LINES: Every dragon in the assembly lifted their jaws straight up. After inhaling deeply, they blasted a widespread flame from their throats and nostrils, adding it to the fires of the sun. They recharged their bodies by allowing Sol’s fiery spirit to flow through them.

“For our families!” shouted Valiente.

The response nearly shattered the teenagers’ eardrums.

“Now, dragon,” said Lea. “Now is the time.”

AUTHOR BIO:
Kevin Gerard lives in San Diego, California, with his two feline buddies, Jesse the WonderCat and Little Man. He teaches statistics at Cal State San Marcos. When not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking the grounds at the San Diego Zoo, hitting the waves at Cardiff State Beach, and hanging with his brother, nieces and nephews at the local Pizza Port. He also enjoys playing Halo on the internet; look for him in the rocket games as one of the characters from the Diego’s Dragon or Conor and the Crossworlds fantasy adventure series.

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About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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11 Responses to DIEGO’S DRAGON BOOK 4 for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

  1. This sounds fantastic, especially with the connection to Mexico. I bet a lot of kids who love dragons will be drawn to this series.

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Can’t believe this dragon-loving reader has missed out on this series! Must rectify the situation – thanks for sharing your review.

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    I bought Book One: Spirits of the Sun after reading your review of it a few weeks ago. It’s a very lovely little book and I’m waiting to hear what my young readers think. They’re a tough audience; I know from “personal” critique experience.

  4. I’ll have to keep this one in mind for when my son’s a little older since you said it’s better for advanced readers. But it also sounds like a series I should tell our school library about!

  5. diegosdragon says:

    Thanks again, Greg. Wonderful review. I’m juggling thoughts for a fifth book, but I’ll have to do some research about Dia de los Muertos first. Take care everyone – happy reading!

  6. Joanne Fritz says:

    There aren’t many books set in Mexico so it sounds as if this series is filling a need.

    I’m always impressed when authors manage to insert another language and the reader can pretty much get it from the context. But a translation guide is helpful too.

  7. Dorine White says:

    Wow, I haven’t heard of this series. I’m always looking for dragon books.

  8. Wow, I love the setting for this series. Great way to learn a little history about Mexico and the Aztecs while slaying dragons and some Spanish at the same time. Great review. Just back from vacation and trying to catch up.

  9. Violet Tiger says:

    Sounds good – especially with the dragons. Thanks for reviewing!

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