About the Book
Title: Lycanthor the Werewolf (The Dragon Fyre Blade, Book 1) | Author: Aiden Storm | Illustrator: McCartney Leopardi | Publication Date: July 1, 2014 | Publisher: Dreaming Empire | Pages: 71 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Summary: Thirteen year old Jack is spending the summer at his Aunt’s house in the country. Unfortunately, it’s done nothing but rain and he’s stuck in her old mansion without cable or internet. Bored and alone, he sets out to explore the house. When he reaches the attic, he finds an intricate and unusual mural painted on the walls. Life for Jack gets turned upside down when he stumbles and is transported through a portal into a magical world.
For Jasyra, the daughter of the High King, life couldn’t be worse. Her father has been turned to glass, her kingdom has been taken over by the Demon Emperor, and she and her friend, Evooku, have been exiled. The only way to save the land is to reassemble the Dragon Fyre Blade, but the Demon Emperor has hidden all six pieces and each is guarded by great mythical beasts. There is only one person who can help restore peace, but it has been said that he is not of their land.
When Jack awakens in the Great Forest of Karandur, he encounters Jasyra and Evooku. He discovers the only way home is to band together to fight the evil Lycanthor, a giant werewolf that guards a piece of the Dragon Fyre Blade. But first they have to make it through an enchanted land full of danger.
The Queen of Light appears to Jack and delivers a gift, as well as a revelation. He, Jasyra and Evooku form an unlikely friendship along the way and lasting bonds are made when they realize they are Karandur’s only hope. Will the trio be able to defeat Lycanthor and save the kingdom from an eternity of despair?
The Dragon Fyre Blade: Lycanthor the Werewolf is the first book in a series of six and is written for children 7 – 11 years old.
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Lycanthor the Werewolf”
Lycanthor the Werewolf received 28 new reviews on Amazon, 25 new reviews on Goodreads, and 17 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
SOS-Supply: “This is a super book for reading aloud. My children loved the characters, the action, and the fantasy elements. It’s a light, easy read that appeals to all children, and engages even the most reluctant reader.. The book has it all: excitement, adventure, magic and cliff hangers – what’s not to like…? A well-developed plot with believable characters. Gripping!”
celestial (Amazon): “The cliff hangers in certain chapters made me want to keep reading. And I am glad there was a sense of humor in the story. Great story. Nice and short. I like the different creatures and the magic. It makes it mystical and great for the fantasy genre.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “I really liked this book! It was just the right length for the middle grade readers for which it is intended. The action and plot are exciting and imaginative.”
Hotcha (Amazon): “Aiden Storm pens book one of Jack’s magical story as he learns he is the only one to find the six pieces of the the blade to restore Jasrya’s father to his kingdom, but the three must face death again and again to get all the pieces.”
Amazon Customer (LAW): “I really like this book. It remember me of the witch, lion and wardrobe book.”
Marci Wright (Goodreads): “My 13 year old & I really enjoyed this book. It is packed with action & moves along very quickly. From Jack’s sudden & surprising entry into the magical world (Absolutely loved the mural idea & the descriptions of it!) up to his battle with Lycanthor, there is never a dull moment.”
Mary (Amazon): “The book is well paced for middle-grade readers and should appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys. The characters are engaging and the story is filled with action.”
Jane Ritz: “This book is a great read and the beginning of what will become a great series. 4-7 graders will love it.”
Nik’s Picks: “Overall, this is a book I think kids, especially boys, will like. There’s pretty much nonstop action without any down time, which will keep kids interested. The idea behind the story is a good one–a sword has been shattered and the only way to restore things is to find all the pieces and bring them back together. Fighting off werewolves is always exciting and appealing, and one part of the sword is captured in the end, paving the way nicely for other short books to follow.”
S. Faatz “book nut” (Amazon): “The book is great for middle-grade readers and will seem familiar to anyone who has read C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series as they are very simular. How far will Jasyra go to save her father and the people and home she loves? In order to find out the answer to this question you must read the book.”
Stitch Says: “The characters in this book are engaging and it is packed full of adventure. This story would appeal to boys and girls, who I have no doubt will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment.”
FUONLYKNEW: “The author created a magical world with fun illustrations, lots of action, and a quest that continues into future books.”
Val Muller: “The book almost reads like a video game adventure, and I could see it capturing the interest of young gamers, hopefully bridging the gap between RPG adventures and reading.”
Badboatygirl (Amazon): “This is a wonderful book, full of amazing adventure and suspense and will keep your tween or you on the edge of your seat flipping the pages as fast as you can to keep finding out what is going to happen next!!”
The Ninja Librarian: “Storm’s fast-paced writing blew away that prejudice for the most part. The action is gripping, but I think the author found a good balance between believable peril and too much intensity for the younger children.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “Great adventure book for boys 7 – 12.”
Identity Discovery: “It’s a cute story geared more towards preteens. I think the subject has enough fantasy and enough paranormal to keep the interest of kids that like those genres.”
Heh, Miss Adventures!: “I recommend this book for young readers who like to start out in the fantasy adventure genres. If you feel like reading Harry Potter books (or probably enjoyed the movie), but are too intimidated with the length of the story, this is the perfect series to start with.”
WS Momma Readers Nook: “Most people may not see it the same as me because I have a degree in literature, but to me Lycanthor is a metaphor for life. Jack has to overcome his fears and struggle to win.”
Vailia’s Page Turner: “If the story deepens with the next book, is more active, rich and more challenging it would be a great fantasy series for 6-8 graders. I see hope for Jack’s character to mature as his adventure continues. This first book is just the beginning it seems.”
Book Reviews and Giveaways: “My son (9) read this and said it was a fun book to read and had lots of things happening… When asked if he would read more books with the same characters his eyes lit up and he asked “There’s more?!” and wanted me to run out and get them right away.”
Bound 4 Escape: “I’m not one for long drawn out descriptions but this story was a bit too short. It would have been nice to know more about the characters as well as this strange world that Jack has fallen into. This is a series so, hopefully, there will be more information in the upcoming books.”
Brooke Bumgardner (Amazon): “I liked the characters and the idea of the story.”
BeachBoundBooks: “The intense opening scene sets the stage for the quick pace that is continued throughout the story. The author effectively creates a believable fantasy world within the real one and I felt the characters were sufficiently developed for middle grade readers. A lot of action is packed into the 71 pages which works well for this story and leaves readers eager to join Jack on his next mission.”
Arlene Mullen (Amazon): “I think this was good but I am hoping the next few books explore the characters more.”
Oh My Bookness: “A well-written book about a young man who is seeking adventure and finds it, but what makes it so intriguing is in the way the characters are written. The characters are complex but are written with such a sense of realism that you can easily relate and are drawn into the character and the adventures and situations he gets himself into. This book contains non-stop action and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!”
Jennifer Skaggs (Amazon): “My son really enjoyed the storyline. He thought that the book was exciting. At first he wasn’t sure if he was going to like a book about a werewolf but when he found out that Lycanthor was guarding something and had to be defeated he really liked it. He was excited that at the end of the book it said what book 2 was because he wanted to know what was guarding the next piece.”
Dalene’s Book Reviews (Amazon): “The story-line is good, and the world building was good, but I hope as the series progresses that the world building will progress as well.”
Jennifer Gill (Goodreads): “I think this book is a great read for children who love a good fantasy story.”
About the Author: Aiden Storm
Aiden grew up a city boy, but always loved getting out into the country. As a kid, his great uncle always took him to old castles, famous battlegrounds and long hikes in the wilderness. These days, Aiden lives in old cottage next to the forest with his dog Blade. When not writing Aiden spends time exploring the woods, dead certain they’re full of fantastical creatures, long lost relics and ancient magic…