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Book review: 'Dragonkyn' by Nathan Smith Jones delivers a fast-paced fantasy

Posted March 6

"DRAGONKYN," by Nathan Smith Jones, Sweetwater Books, $14.99, 212 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

With the skill of a public school English teacher, local author Nathan Smith Jones delves into the world of a teenage boy who thinks he is only an ordinary poor kid in "Dragonkyn." Marc Mondragon soon finds out that he has power to cough fire and cannot be burned. He can also use his telepathic power to move objects, which he finds out by accidentally saving lives and hurting the school bully, Zoosh. Marc's best friend, Luke, tries to help make sense of these newfound powers, but he can't.

Shortly after the powers start to appear, Marc starts having strange dreams with a dragon in it, and then he meets Steve. Steve has powers like Marc and tells Marc that they are both part dragon. Marc goes with Steve to a secret lair to meet others of his kind and learn more about being Dragonkyn.

While at the lair, Marc learns about the vibe that is within all Dragonkyn and that listening to this vibe can help enhance Marc's power and guide him through his life.

Although the main focus of "Dragonkyn" is on Marc, there are a few other storylines throughout the book. Detective O'Leary in New York City is tracking down a murderer who burned the victim. James Leopold Drakesel is a very rich man who is determined to track down and kill all Dragonkyn. These storylines connect with Marc's and are not completely resolved by the end of the book, which leaves the reader wanting more.

There are definite elements of the story that show Jones' love and knowledge of the English language in a fun and quirky way. The story is written in short, quick chapters that keep the book going at a fast pace and make it easier to read.

There is no swearing, foul language, sex or sexual innuendo in "Dragonkyn." There are described scenes of violence, including deaths and violence against teenagers who have dragon powers.

Jennifer Autry has called many states home and is an American military wife with two beautiful girls. Jennifer, Jenny, or Jenn (she doesn't care which one) is an aspiring author and blogs at imperfectlymormon.blogspot.com.

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