The Dragon Whistler
Series: The Secrets of the Soul Treasures
By Kimberly J. Smith
222 pages – ages 9+
Published by Lulu.com on October 18, 2015
Synopsis- Willow McLain knew she had found a whistle. What she didn’t know is that when she played one song she had found with it, a dragon would burst out of the nearby mountain. Or that she was the only one who could put it back. Or that it would start a ginormous chain of events that involved riding a dragon to England to stop a crazed relative from taking over the world. Obviously, Willow knew none of that, so she played the whistle.
What I Thought- I loved the plot of the book, but one thing really threw me off at the beginning – Willow, the main character, was a really big brat – so much so it made it hard to keep reading. I found myself with an utter disdain for the main character. Granted, that changed slowly over the course of the story, so much that if you read the first and last chapter, you wouldn’t believe that they are the same person. Looking back at it, it now seems like a great way to flesh out Willow as a character but it just originally made it a harder book to pick up. Other than that, it was a great story, with a believable adventure. There was an excellent amount of foreshadowing – so much that I knew that there was something off with one of the characters, but I had no idea what they would do! It is a nice story, and a fun read. The book is a quick read, but a good one – makes me think what great things Smith would come up with if she expanded the story.
I give this book four out of five bookworms.