Dragons of Darkness

Dragons of Darkness The author translator team behind the internationally acclaimed Tiger Moon reunites for this lush exotic tale of fantasy and adventure and dragons galore In this thrilling modern day fable two boys

  • Title: Dragons of Darkness
  • Author: Antonia Michaelis Anthea Bell
  • ISBN: 9780810940741
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The author translator team behind the internationally acclaimed Tiger Moon reunites for this lush, exotic tale of fantasy and adventure and dragons galore In this thrilling modern day fable, two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together by magic, mayhem, and a common foe Jumar, an invisible prince, wants to free his native Nepal from invaders Christopher,The author translator team behind the internationally acclaimed Tiger Moon reunites for this lush, exotic tale of fantasy and adventure and dragons galore In this thrilling modern day fable, two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together by magic, mayhem, and a common foe Jumar, an invisible prince, wants to free his native Nepal from invaders Christopher, a shy German boy, wants to find his kidnapped brother Together they embark on a journey through the wilderness of Nepal a journey that proves to be a dangerous rite of passage Fighting the beautiful but deadly dragons that beset the country, the two boys learn that in order to change the world, they must first change themselves.FP level X

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    1. Let me first say that I didn’t finish the book and I’m really just writing this review because the memory of the book popped into my head again and I needed to express and vent the thoughts of disappointment, regret and outrage I felt for it.Let’s start at the beginning. I looked at the book and thought to myself that this looks interesting; a nice fantasy novel to enjoy. Read the synopsis, a boy named Christopher in Germany is mysteriously transported to Nepal, the young prince of Nepal, [...]

    2. Dragons of Darkness, by Antonia Michaelis, is a novel that portrays the mythical adventures of both an invisible young prince, who is searching for the power to change his kingdom, and a teenage German boy, who mysteriously end up in an unknown realm in search for him brother. Fate somehow managed to brings these two complete different people and set them on an question that would change the fate of a nation. This is a novel that is full of unique twists and plot that leaves the reader hungry fo [...]

    3. 2 words for you: Epic Fantasy. Michaelis has done it once again. Her beautiful storytelling shines in this tale set in mystical Nepal. We follow the invisible prince who wants only to help his country, and the German boy on a quest to find his older brother. Their stories are woven so completely and tightly together, it seems as though fate itself did all it could to make these two boys meet. They're both warmhearted and only want the best for everyone. Jumar is headstrong and resilient while Ch [...]

    4. Michaelis' fairy tales have a dreamlike quality. One moment you are looking at a book of pictures of Nepal, the next you are wandering the forests of Nepal - the scenes flow like dreams, and the plot flows in the same dreamlike way. It can be confusing, but was an enjoyable confusing.

    5. Antonia Michaelis’ novel is magical. No other word for it. Softly written, beautifully told, it’s the kind of story that lingers in your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.

    6. Okay, so this book is by a German author, translated to English, and I strongly suspect that there is a rather large disconnect between German and American standards when it comes to young adult literature. That doesn't change the fact that my reaction to closing the cover isWhat the crap did I just read? This book ping-pongs all over the place when it comes to tone and maturity level. The marijuana reference in the acknowledgements notwithstanding, the books opens with a fairy-tale sensibility. [...]

    7. I felt that the writing was a little clunky. Maybe it's just me, but 14 year olds having sex seems inappropriate for a 'teen' book.

    8. Have you ever heard of a story involving dragons, invisible people, and rebellions? It may sound a bit crazy at first, but the novel Dragons of Darkness, by Antonia Michaelis, is an adventure in a book. With relatable characters and themes, Dragons of Darkness is not just a book about adventure and fairytales, but also about discovering yourself and who you are. This book has a complicating but riveting plot, along with a setting that’s unbeatable and foreshadowing that will keep you on your t [...]

    9. Dragons of Darkness is by Antonia Michaelis, author of Tiger Moon and The Storyteller. Dragons of Darkness is more in the vein of Tiger Moon; it's not as dark and grim as The Storyteller. It's a sort of modern fairy tale or fable, starring two boys. Christopher is a German boy whose older brother Arne vanished into Nepal. Somehow he ends up in Nepal with Jumar, the mysteriously invisible prince. And there are many problems facing Nepal. You see, deadly dragons have come out of the mountains and [...]

    10. I read this book and felt that overall the good parts in this book balanced out the bad. First off, The setting was different from a lot of other books. For the most part it takes place in a country called Nepal high up in the mountains. I loved the way it was brought to life and I felt as if I was there at parts. Another part I really liked was the dragons. It was such a cool concept and It really put an interesting twist on the idea of dragons and what they are. Thats kind of where the good st [...]

    11. Interesting fantasy about a boy, Christopher, who lives in the shadow of his older, popular, athletic, intelligent, wonderful brother Arne. When Arne is taken hostage by Maoists, er, make that insurgents in Nepal, Christopher decides to learn everything he can about the country and wishes he could save his brother.Suddenly, he's there, in Kathmandu, making the acquaintance of Jumal, the invisible heir to the throne. Together, they go hunting for the Mao, uh, insurgents and Arne, and on their way [...]

    12. This was probably the most confusing, crazy, and wild book I've ever read.Right up there with A Wonderlandiful World.I found that the characters where kind ofodd.Christopher was annoying at times. I disliked Niya VERY much.Jumar was my favorite character out of all of them.Welld maybe ArneThis was a SUPER thick book, and I'm proud I pushed through, but I had a lot of problems with it;(view spoiler)[ I thought the sex scene was totally weird and inappropriate, I meanwhy?!? Another reason I hate N [...]

    13. Even though I have not lived in the medieval times, Antonia made me feel like I was on an adventure with the main characters. The book Dragons of Darkness is very descriptive of what is going on at all times. The main character is Christopher, a German boy that is very shy goes on an adventure to find his kidnapped brother. On the way there he will slay the Dragons of Darkness. During the adventure he meets some other people including the prince named Jumar who can become invisible at will. He a [...]

    14. I just could not finish this book. I tried, I really did. The beginning was great, since after all, we always talk about invisibility but never really read about what it would be like to be invisible. The middle, though. Ugh. The novel became stuck in a depressing rut of description about a Nazi-esc camp out that the main characters stayed in. Foreeeeever. Then the characters (14 year olds, by the way), formed an incredibly stupid love triangle and two of them had sex, which I found very inappro [...]

    15. Christopher, a 14-year-old German, is stunned when he learns that his brother Arne has been kidnapped by Maoist rebels while traveling in Nepal. Suddenly he finds himself mysteriously transported to one of Nepal’s forests, where he meets Jumar, an invisible prince on a journey to destroy dragons and change his country’s future, and Niya, a Maoist rebel girl. Although the book is not action-packed until the end, Michaelis has created compelling characters with interesting stories, and a setti [...]

    16. Beautifully written, set in a made up Nepal, a young boy falls into a book of photos about Nepal when his brother goes missing in that country. Once there he sets out to rescue him from the insurgents who have kidnapped him. He makes friends with an invisible boy and a girl with a gun who join him on his quest. Not only are they looking for his brother, they are fighting the insurgents, and trying to find out why, when the dragons fly, the landscape turns gray and the people become bronze and ho [...]

    17. If you like fantasy mixed with political dis-rest then this book is for you. When I found this book at the library I expected something different from what I read. I expected more fantasy elements to be found in this book, not saying that there wasn't and I'm not even saying they weren't good fantasy elements, but I was just expecting more fantasy in it. Michalis did a good job at thinking up a new idea for a fantasy story, and at keeping the story realistic at the same time. Even though this bo [...]

    18. The book is an interesting idea, but for me, to similar to many of the things I wrote in Fourth Grade. I wasn't able to get all the way through it. The charecters don't seem to come alive, nor does the plot line grab my imagination and pull me along. I was able to put the book down, and not pick it back up. The stakes were not high enough, nor was there enough tension. I didn't care about the conclusion.

    19. This book is very promising because it showcases the characters' development and achievements. Its full of twists and turns that the characters face. Its interesting but the plot was stretched out way too much, in other words it took the characters a while before they finally got moving to the next event in the book. The prolonged amount of time spent in one place talking, made people want to drop the book.

    20. This book had a lot of potential, but needed much better execution. The plot is very original, and I loved the idea of the dragons eating colors. The descriptions were good, but everything else: the characters, pacing, and dialogue needed improvement. The characters felt flat, and I never really got to know them. Also, a lot of problems the characters face get resolved in a ridiculously short amount of time.

    21. Aweaome. I thought it was great. I t took me a little while to get in to but than again i have 6 year old twins screaming mom every 2 seconds but once i got into it i couldnt stop. I def thought her pther 2 were etter but that was only because of how it ended. Michaelis does and incrediable job of mixing fantasy with reality. I will read anything she publishes!!!!

    22. I dont like books in which dragons are the badyguys and must be killed. I also dont think i want to read a book about two boys trying to get along by killing my fav fantasy creature- THE DRAGON. besides, if the dragon on the cover is the dragon they killed, they killed a beautifil creature! (except the black eyes, those could go.)

    23. Pretty interesting story about two young kids who must save a kingdom and figure out how a dragon with no eyes has the power to suck the color out if things and turn people into bronze statues.I'm not on my best review mood today but over all I like the story and hope to read more of this authorJ Vera

    24. The beginning was really confusing. It was well written overall though and dealt with government role in society and explored human nature in some ways. It also explored identity. It was interesting because the Prince was completely invisible and had always been so. The ending was good, and very different then I expected so that was nice.

    25. An interesting story, but filled with such an odd mix of elements that I wonder if some readers will be put off by the modern combined with the magical. Very eastern in it's storytelling manner, nothing is completely linear. Worth the reading for anyone who is a fantasy fan, or a fan of eastern philosophy. Appropriate for both middle and high school.

    26. I just finished the ARC of this, which has taken me around two or two and a half weeks, I think. It's long. And strange. In places surprisingly dark, violent, and sad, in other places surprisingly beautiful. I may have more to say after I've had time to think about it a bit. In the meantime, I'll be glad to pick up a book that takes less time and isn't quite so unhappy-fairy-tale-ish.

    27. Relatively Enticing, got a little confused, but it eventually cleared out. Perfect for 5th graders and up.

    28. An average storyline, with an unclear plot, and a vague border between reality and dream. Very convoluted.

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