Sunday, March 1, 2009

Book Review: "Brass Dragon Codex" by R.D. Henham

By Nichole Giles

Orphaned baby brass dragon Kyani ventures into the desert and finds Hector the gnome. Hector is not sure of this little dragon who follows his every move, until he realizes the hungry brass dragon isn’t the only thing trailing him. On his adventure to fulfill his life quest, Hector goes against all odds to protect his invention and save his friends.

When the call went out for reviewers willing to review the newest installation in the Dragon Codex series, I jumped on it. After reading Red Dragon Codex when it was first released, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Brass Dragon Codex, knowing they were both written by the same author, Rebecca Shelley (aka R. D. Henham.)

I like Rebecca’s style of writing because of her ability to write real characters kids can identify with, and do it in a way that keeps the story always moving toward the conclusion. Hector appeared in Red Dragon Codex, so I recognized him right off—minus his hair—and enjoyed reading more about him and his quest to invent a communication device that would help others.

Kyani was a new character to me, but right away I was able to see he was a lonely little boy who needed companionship and, possibly, someone to act as an authority figure for him. His chattiness reminded me of one of my own children, and I found myself picturing his facial expressions along with his words.

I found the characters lovable and flawed—great qualities in any story—and the plot was always moving, each chapter left me wanting to read more. Hidden inside the plot and story, there is a lesson learned by all the characters that in the end, culminates to remind readers about the importance of communication and remembering what is really important in life—the people we love.

My regular readers will tell you that I’m not the kind of person to give a flowery review—even on books I really enjoyed. But in this case, I wasn’t able to find anything that really stood out enough to call a downside or disappointment. There was some (very little) repetition in a few parts, but I also recognize that books written for a middle grade audience—as this is—should have repetition when it comes to recognizable character traits. It helps younger kids identify with each character as an individual.

All in all, I thought this was an excellent book for any age reader, especially if you like dragons and gnomes. Brass Dragon Codex is part of a companion series to Mirrorstone’s Practical Guide to Dragon books, but is also a stand-alone story that can be read on its own.

I give Brass Dragon Codex four and a half diamonds.

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Rachelle Christensen said...

thanks for the heads-up on this book. I'll have to pick one up and get reading. :)

Rebecca Shelley said...

Thanks for the great review, Nichole. I'm glad you liked Hector's and my story. Hector truly is a loveable friend. Gnomes are a lot of fun to talk to. If only his communication device hadn't--oh, right. Rebecca says I'm not supposed to give anything away. He he. I'm not going to tell. I'm not going to teeelll.