Review: Dragons Walk Among Us by Dan Rice

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl’s abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.

While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison’s life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she’ll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?




My Thoughts:

Dragons Walk Among Us is Dan Rice’s debut young adult fantasy novel. It’s a high-energy fantasy and young adult story. Mr. Rice has embedded multiple messages and current issues that many high schoolers face.

Allison Lee is talented but shy. She faces bullying at school, presumably due to her race, but just as likely to be a result of jealousy by the campus “queen bee”. The start of the book is a good but somewhat mundane set up to a standard young adult story. However, the plot abruptly ramps to high speed when Allison is attacked on a dark and stormy night. From her sci-fi recovery to the discovery of a secret power, the pedestrian young adult story quickly becomes a creature-filled fantasy.

Allison and her friends are thrown into an incredible adventure with golems, dragons, and humans. They face incredible dangers on their quest, and along the way they grow as a makeshift family of friends. While I’m not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, I enjoyed Dragons Walk Among Us. It’s a good book for middle schoolers and older readers that clearly illuminates the perils of being a teen whether you’re a mere mortal or have fantastical powers. 

About the Author: Daniel Rice wanted to write novels since first reading Frank Herbert’s Dune at the age of eleven. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, he often goes hiking with his family through mist-shrouded forests and along alpine trails with expansive views.

Dragons Walk Among Us is his debut YA fantasy novel from The Wild Rose Press. It is the first novel in The Allison Lee Chronicles, which is planned to span four books. Check my blog for info on release dates and progress reports.

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