4 out of 4 stars
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The first book in a series, Dragon Born by Ela Lourenco is a fantastic beginning to this children’s and young adult fantasy story.
Lara has waited all twelve years of her life to go to magic school. She knows she will be changed forever as she is assessed to see what talents she has with magic. Little does she know just how much her life is about to change. Lara must learn to control her magic and deal with bullies as she makes friends and excels in her lessons.
There are evil forces at work in the world of Azmantium, forces that headmistress Aelwen has been trying to protect Lara from all her life. However, the time is coming where all secrets will be revealed. Aelwen only hopes she can keep it from being revealed to the wrong people.
This is a fun book with a lot of fantasy elements and adventure. The story moves at a good pace with just enough detail. It is not too long which makes it easy for younger readers to finish easily. This first book is mostly an introduction to the way the world of Azmantium works and getting familiar with the main characters. I think it is a great start to the series because it left me wanting more at the end. Part of me feels like I need to read the second book to really get a good feel for the entire series.
My one issue with this book is that it is similar to Harry Potter in many ways. I actually see it as a female version of the story. However, considering the end of the book, I believe the rest of the books in this series will take a turn away from being like Harry Potter. For this reason, readers may find it worthwhile to read even if they don’t normally like it when books have similarities to other books.
Although Dragon Born is not the most original book, it is fun to read. I recommend it to people who enjoy Harry Potter and do not mind reading a similar storyline. It is well written and the story kept my attention all the way through. I am interested to see what will happen in the next book which is something many series fail to capture me on. For all those reasons, I give Dragon Born a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
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