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  1. says:

    Very funcuteadventurous Middle Grade book Definitely will keep an eye out for the rest of this series This is on the list for my future child and I to read together because dragons


  2. says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusSilver comes from a family of jewelers in the desert community of Jaspaton and is expected to follow the family trade but she really wants to be a water dragon racers like her idol Saggitaria Wonder Her cousin and best friend Brajon is supportive of her but realizes it will be very difficult for her to pursue this path When Wonder is due to visit her town Silver hopes to impress her by making a flying suit which she does with the help of a mysterious older woman Nebbeker who has a past different from most of the people in Silver's community However when Silver meets the famous racer the woman is not only rude but ends up kidnapping a rare Auinder Kirja a type of dragon with whom Nebbeker shares a bond Silver discovers that she herself has a bond with Kirja's offspring whom she names Hiyyan Her only hope to regain Kirja lies in legalities and if she can enter and race Hiyyan in the competition she can claim Hiyyan and also ask the ueen to restore Kirja to Nebbeker This is of course a vast undertaking but with the help of Brajon as well as a Calidian servant girl she manages to hold her own in the competition Strengths This has a lot of action and adventure with not only the dragon racing but also a journey through caverns battling the evil Wonder and surviving in the big city Brajon and Silver get along nicely and Nebbeker is an interesting character as well Plus of course being bonded with a dragonWeaknesses The world building on this was weak for me Not only was it not a well defined place even though there were some details that lead me to believe there should be one but the background seemed lacking Maybe we will get details as the series continues On a purely personal level I'm never a fan of the follow your dream no matter how misguided it may be plot line I was a Latin teacher after all And I'm not now I should have known that was a bad ideaWhat I really think I will purchase this to keep up with the newly arisen demand for dragon books like Tui Sutherland's Wings of Fire series


  3. says:

    Bonding with a dragon racing through an obstacle course on dragon back and a desert world with a foreign culture The book had all those ualities and At first I found Silver to be a impetuous short sighted girl and her eagerness to get herself into trouble really annoyed me Halfway through the book however Silver's growing responsibilities unfamiliarity with the capital city turned her a bit cautious She's always full of energy which helps her out in very sticky moments I enjoyed how Silver had to choose between her desires and her responsibilities The dragons sound wonderful and there are some great characters that help Silver out Her hometown sounds fascinating a desert city populated by artists and her own amazing familyI didn't connect with the MC so this book wasn't my favorite but I'm sure others will enjoy it It was a very creative workI received a copy in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    This was a cute story and reminded me of Christopher Paolini's Eragon While I found it hard to stay focused on this book it was clearly not meant for my age group it was a uick and easy read and I can see many children really enjoying it Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races as you can imagine follows the adventures of a thirteen year old girl named Silver Batal Though she has spent her entire life being trained by her father to be a jeweler Silver's true passion lies in racing water dragons Unfortunately Silver and her family live in the middle of a vast desert meaning Silver has very little chance of even seeing a water dragon much less racing one This changes when Silver's elderly friend Nebekker introduces her to a rare baby dragon named Hiyyan When Hiyyan's mother Kirja and Nebekker's bonded dragon is kidnapped it is up to Silver and her cousin Brajon to brave the big city to get her back The two are led on an epic adventure that will test them in many ways while also giving Silver the chance to finally live her dream and become a water dragon racer This book had some issues I'll get to those later but overall I thought it was very cute and appealing to middle grade readers As I said before the plot feels very similar to Eragon with a wayward teen bonding with an extremely rare dragon and going on an epic adventure Unlike Eragon however this book is an incredibly easy read The writing style is simple but engaging and there are no made up words or languages for the reader to memorize This is a book I would easily recommend to a reluctant reader especially one who enjoys series like Wings of Fire as I think it has a lot of appeal to fans of fantasy and dragons I'll admit that I rarely read middle grade as I tend to enjoy YA Where middle grade is extremely tame and generally inoffensive I enjoy YA for its ability to push boundaries and take risks covering topics that many adult and children's authors are often hesitant to tackle Silver Batal though not a bad book falls into this category of being harmless and inoffensive There is absolutely no cursing sexual content or real violence some of the dragons get wounded but that's about it and the story focuses much on friendship and learning to be true to oneself than anything else This obviously isn't a bad thing but it made for a rather uninteresting read for me To a middle schooler obsessed with dragons however I could easily see this being their favorite book if only because the premise is so cool If I had picked up this book in middle school myself I think I would've really enjoyed it as well but it didn't uite capture my attention as much as an adultOne thing I loved was that the front and back inside covers of this book featured pictures of some of the dragons mentioned in the story The downside to this however is that it doesn't show all of the species and the book is also lacking a map Any time I'm reading fantasy that name drops certain city names or landmarks I expect there to be a map so that I can follow along with the characters as I read It is unfortunately one of my pet peeves when it comes to fantasy and this book had that issue Of course this is only the first book in a series so there might be maps and different dragons in future installments but for now I remain a tad disappointed I will say however that the art featured in this book is gorgeous from the cover to the black and white illustration in the back I would love to see of this beautiful artwork as I think it helped spark my initial interest in picking this title up for ROYAL And now I have to discuss my one major issue with this book Silver herself Though she is written realistically for a naive impulsive thirteen year old girl I found myself getting a little frustrated with Silver throughout the story First she steals from her father before going on her adventure and never once apologizes to her family for doing so I understand that her father was less than supportive of her desire to race water dragons but I don't think this justified Silver stealing precious jewels from him She later gets really indignant and defensive when jewel thief posters are put up insisting that she's not a thief but she literally is It frustrates me that she never really takes ownership of this and there are never really any conseuences for doing soAnother thing about Silver that annoys me is that she seems to be very selfish at times worrying about her own desires and what she wants than what those around her want One example is Brajon; though he wants to stay put in their hometown Silver seems to bully him about this a little bit guilting him into coming with her anyways She then gets annoyed with him over little things throughout the story including disappearing briefly in the city he was trying to help her and being afraid to fly on Hiyyan Though this is remedied at the end when she lets him remain home Silver never really apologizes for this behavior and there are once again no conseuences for this The same thing happens later when she pushes Hiyyan too far and while she does learn from it and apologize this time her attitude still left me feeling icky and annoyed Again she's meant to be a very flawed thirteen year old with a lot to learn but I worry that the lack of real conseuences for her actions might be modeling bad behavior in younger readers Aside from Silver however I really enjoyed the rest of this book I thought it was really cool that the author who is herself Lebanese American worked in some aspects of Middle Eastern culture such as fashion headscarves and caftans and the desert setting While I admit that I know very little of Lebanese culture it was neat to see a small piece of another culture woven into a fantasy as this is good representation for those who might not otherwise be exposed to cultures different than their own I can always appreciate diversity in a story especially a fantasy storyI also really enjoyed the relationships in this book from Silver and her dragon to her friendship with Brajon and Nebekker I also loved what seemed to be a hinted future romance between Silver and Ferdi as I think they're really cute and had great chemistry I also liked how this book gave a subtle warning to young teens about putting their heroes on a pedestal as Silver's hero Sagittaria Wonder turns out to be a cruel and manipulative bully Silver's behavior throughout the book might actually be hinting at the fact that she could turn into Sagittaria if she's not careful which helps justify the author's writing choices throughout the story I still worry that some readers might not understand this comparison but I can at least recognize that some of Silver's bad choices have a rhyme and reason within the story Overall I enjoyed this book and think it would be a great choice for any young fans of dragons or fantasy I would especially recommend it to fans of Wings of Fire How to Train Your Dragon and Eragon as I think this story is in the same vein as the other two Better yet it's going to be a series giving readers an opportunity to dive into a new series while they wait for others to update This book is also good for reluctant readers and those with restrictive parents as the language is easy to follow and extremely inoffensive I would feel comfortable with an elementary schooler reading this as I didn't come across anything offensive or controversial in the book While it wasn't exactly an instant obsession for me I recognize that I am not the target audience for this book I believe middle grade readers will really enjoy this story however and will gladly add it to my library's collection and recommend it to them in the future


  5. says:

    This book was everything that I love in a book involving Dragons and so very much Imagine a world where Dragons are creatures of the water and many of them are famous not only for their uniueness but also for those that have been a part of the Water Dragon Races in which people come to from all over the worldSilver Batal is a young thirteen year old girl who is expected to take over her Dad's Jeweler business but she doesn't feel that it's her calling and has spent a good chunk of her life dreaming of becoming a Water Dragon racer just like someone that she very much looks up to She befriends an elder woman who seems to be just the kind of friend that Silver needs and is the key to Silver possibly having her biggest dream come trueSilver soon learns that a rare breed of Dragon that was said to have become extinct really isn't and one of them bonds with Silver in a way that will change her life forever whom she names Hiyyan who isn't very old in Dragon years and whose only companionship has been that of Silver's friend and Kirja who is Hiyyan's Mother When Kirja is kidnapped by someone who Silver once looked up to Silver is determined to rescue her and also hopes to take part in the famous Water Dragon Racing her cousin Brajon shows up just as Silver is about to leave with Hiyyan and is determined to tag along if only to hopefully keep Silver from being harmedTheir journey to rescue Kirja will be full of adventure unexpected twists and danger that will test their determination but also bring them closer forming a bond and making friends along the waySilver will find herself very much tested while searching for Kirja and joining in on the Water Dragon Races which is a dream come true but will also hopefully lead to freeing Kirja before it's too late and her bond with Hiyyan will help her to grow and become a better personI enjoyed this book so much particularly the mention of a variety of Water Dragon breeds which I would love to see drawings of It was so much fun to read about such fascinating creatures and I could picture just about all of them with the descriptions This is one of my favorite Dragon books that I have read in uite some time and I am eager to some day read a seuel of it I highly recommend checking out this book and may you enjoy it as much as I have


  6. says:

    My name is Silver Batal and I've always dreamed of becoming a great water dragon rider Many people think it's a crazy dream for the daughter of a jeweler living in a hot dusty desert Now I must recover my friend's water dragon stolen by my hero Sagittaria Wonder I'm thankful my cousin Brajon has offered to help but I'm not sure what we'll do once we reach Calidia We can't exactly walk up to the ueen and tell her the most famous dragon rider in the world is a thief No the only thing I can do is enter the water dragon races and win My plan is complicated since I've bonded with a young water dragon that's still learning to swim The fact he's an Auinder presents an even bigger problem If anyone discovers this mythical water dragon exists things will get very dangerousThe concepts of water dragons and racing them interested me enough to read the book but the early pages were slow It was clear Silver would do anything to become a rider but nothing would happen in the plot until Sagittaria came to visit her village The book became much interesting after about eighty pages once Silver left for Calidia She was accused of stealing jewelry and Sagittaria knew who she was so Silver had to move stealthily across the lands and streets She could also lose her water dragon Hiyyan even though they were bonded They could be registered together if they raced but Silver would need to teach Hiyyan how to swim and how the fly Complicating things was a law saying all Auinders needed to be killed so how could they practice flying without anyone seeing? The author tossed in some natural dangers with wild creatures popping up along the way Silver made a couple of allies during her adventure and she discovered some conspiracies The races were much than races to political foes and secrets were hidden in watery caves Overall the book made up for the slow start and I recommend you give it a shot Lovers of nice dragons should enjoy the story


  7. says:

    I liked the overall idea of this book I really did It was uniue desert cities mixed with ocean water dragons? Super cool Love the culture involved and the story There were only a couple things that bothered me in this book Saying The End At the end of the book gave me the impression the story was completely over Yet the last pages of the book opened up a massive problem The story was nowhere near over and I was left to assume that I just had to guess that their mission would be successful because it said The End I thought the author was finished with the book But now I'm hearing rumours of a second book coming which honestly doesn't surprise me because the story was nowhere near finished If I were the author I would take out The End off of it to mitigate confusionSecondly how many times can a desert beetle be used as a simile or metaphor? Like almost every page The writing could have been better I felt like some similes were way overused desert foxes and desert beetles I get it there's not a whole lot of desert creatures to choose from but I feel like there still could have been a little research involved for other creatures or other metaphors I felt like the writing style was a little amateur for this age group Didn't really like how the water dragons kind of acted like cats either and to be honest didn't really want another book about bonds I think the story would have been better without the whole bonding thing but I get that was kind of the point of the story soI don't know it's just not how I personally would have written it I don't like it when dragons act like cats or dogs and make dog or cat noises I feel like they should be treated as their own special creature with their own behaviours Anyway they're small complaints this book was still good Decent rather I don't know if I'd ever read it a second time but I might recommend it to someone if I thought they'd find it interesting


  8. says:

    ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review I just adore that cover It really is striking and depicts what water dragons would look like racing It really conveys a sense of what this story is all about Silver was a wonderful character full of spunk and courage She has a wonderful relationship with her cousin Brajon which was nice to see Her relationship with her parents was pretty realistic There was tension between her and her father because of her lack of focus on becoming a jeweler but you could still see that they loved each other Silver’s adventures shows how brave and strong she is and willing to do what it takes to get what she wants But she is also compassionate and willing to sacrifice her dreams to help others in trouble Her bond with Hiyyan was also very precious Hiyyan has uite the personality and as they struggle to get to know each other and to understand each other their bond only gets strongerThe plot was well done although there were some slow spots and at times I was a bit confused as to how much time was passing But the rest of the story makes up for these short comings The world building was wonderful I loved the Arab inspired world which shows mostly through the food clothing and architecture The addition of water dragons was uniue There are a variety of types and they are all described well enough that I could picture them uite well Silver’s descriptions of riding Hiyyan for the first time was awesome especially when they flew There were also some good twists to the story and the descriptions of the racing were fascinatingOverall a really good start to an exciting new series My kids who love the Wings of Fire series will be excited to read this as well


  9. says:

    Set in a desert with a vast auifer and river running under the sand this book features a young woman Silver Batal who thinks she knows all there is to know about water dragon racing the breeds the riders the races they've won and lost and attributes of each dragonBut when the famous Sagittaria Wonder the winningest water dragon racer in Calidia comes to Silver's little desert town of Jaspaton Silver discovers there's a lot she doesn't know Like how mean and callous Sagittaria can be and how focused the racer is on winning at any costThat cost includes stealing a rare mother dragon from her bonded rider the old seamstress Nebekker Sagittaria doesn't know the dragon she's stolen has a fledgling Hiyyan who bonds with Silver as soon as they meetSagittaria cares not one whit for the bond between rider and dragon All she cares about is winning the next race on the back of an ancient rarely seen breed of dragon and because breaking the bond really only adversely affects the human involved she keeps the dragon in her racing stablesSilver's determined to race Hiyyan and thus claim ownership of him under Calidian law and rescue his mother as Nebekker gets sicker the longer she's separated from her dragonBut once Silver and Hiyyan with help from her cousin Brajon set out on this uest she violates her family's trust and becomes an outlaw in her own town She may never be able to return home much less race againVisit my blog for great middle grade book recommendations free teaching materials and fiction writing tips


  10. says:

    This book is just wow wow and wow What a fantastic tale beautifully composed and bringing so much to life letting a girl starting onto her own journey to discover who she is and what she is made up of We travel from a city in the desert to the capital of the realm We meet water dragons and uite a few uniue characters The main character Silver Batal is sometimes likeable sometimes not so much as she discovers the wider world and starts to make her own wayApart from an engaging and constantly moving forward storyline this book also has fantastic representation Silver is so well embedded into the community where she grew up with her family her mother and her father each having their own sphere of influence and their own ideas who Silver should become and yet Silver has a very specific dream of who she wants to become herself When her dream starts to become real she has to leave the known behind and start the adventure of her own journeyWhat makes me swoon even is the representation of female craftsmanship of working with fibre and thread and yarn This is seamlessly woven into the story and I just love it for that Add all the rest of it dragons adventure racing and finding friends and your own way learning about people who mean well and others who maybe don't and voila for me this has become a favourite read of this year and I think also an all time favourite It is that good


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Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races

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Silver’s dreams of becoming a legendary water dragon racer come true when she befriends a raredragon that can swim and flyThirteen year old Silver Batal calls the desert home but her heart belongs to the waters Although she’sexpected to become a jeweler like her father Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to ra. Very funcuteadventurous Middle Grade book Definitely will keep an eye out for the rest of this series This is on the list for my future child and I to read together because dragons Lips Unsealed year old Silver Batal calls the desert home but her heart belongs to the waters Although she’sexpected to become a jeweler like her father Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to ra. Very funcuteadventurous Middle Grade book Definitely will keep an eye out for the rest of this series This is on the list for my future child and I to read together because dragons

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R and the trio must bandtogether as they encounter ferocious cave beasts clever desert foxes and cutthroat competitionSet in a vivid Arab inspired world filled with friendly and fearsome water dragons KD Halbrook’smiddle grade fantasy adventure is perfect for fans of Tui T Sutherland Sayantani DasGupta and RoshaniChoks. I liked the overall idea of this book I really did It was uniue desert cities mixed with ocean water dragons Super cool Love the culture involved and the story There were only a couple things that bothered me in this book Saying The End At the end of the book gave me the impression the story was completely over Yet the last pages of the book opened up a massive problem The story was nowhere near over and I was left to assume that I just had to guess that their mission would be successful because it said The End I thought the author was finished with the book But now I'm hearing rumours of a second book coming which honestly doesn't surprise me because the story was nowhere near finished If I were the author I would take out The End off of it to mitigate confusionSecondly how many times can a desert beetle be used as a simile or metaphor Like almost every page The writing could have been better I felt like some similes were way overused desert foxes and desert beetles I get it there's not a whole lot of desert creatures to choose from but I feel like there still could have been a little research involved for other creatures or other metaphors I felt like the writing style was a little amateur for this age group Didn't really like how the water dragons kind of acted like cats either and to be honest didn't really want another book about bonds I think the story would have been better without the whole bonding thing but I get that was kind of the point of the story soI don't know it's just not how I personally would have written it I don't like it when dragons act like cats or dogs and make dog or cat noises I feel like they should be treated as their own special creature with their own behaviours Anyway they're small complaints this book was still good Decent rather I don't know if I'd ever read it a second time but I might recommend it to someone if I thought they'd find it interesting

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Ce waterdragons Destiny comes calling when her friendship with a mysterious old woman leads her to Hiyyan ababy dragon that can swim and flyRisking everything Silver Hiyyan and her resourceful cousin Brajon set off across the desert to join thelegendary races in the royal city But the road to Calidia is filled with dange. This book was everything that I love in a book involving Dragons and so very much Imagine a world where Dragons are creatures of the water and many of them are famous not only for their uniueness but also for those that have been a part of the Water Dragon Races in which people come to from all over the worldSilver Batal is a young thirteen year old girl who is expected to take over her Dad's Jeweler business but she doesn't feel that it's her calling and has spent a good chunk of her life dreaming of becoming a Water Dragon racer just like someone that she very much looks up to She befriends an elder woman who seems to be just the kind of friend that Silver needs and is the key to Silver possibly having her biggest dream come trueSilver soon learns that a rare breed of Dragon that was said to have become extinct really isn't and one of them bonds with Silver in a way that will change her life forever whom she names Hiyyan who isn't very old in Dragon years and whose only companionship has been that of Silver's friend and Kirja who is Hiyyan's Mother When Kirja is kidnapped by someone who Silver once looked up to Silver is determined to rescue her and also hopes to take part in the famous Water Dragon Racing her cousin Brajon shows up just as Silver is about to leave with Hiyyan and is determined to tag along if only to hopefully keep Silver from being harmedTheir journey to rescue Kirja will be full of adventure unexpected twists and danger that will test their determination but also bring them closer forming a bond and making friends along the waySilver will find herself very much tested while searching for Kirja and joining in on the Water Dragon Races which is a dream come true but will also hopefully lead to freeing Kirja before it's too late and her bond with Hiyyan will help her to grow and become a better personI enjoyed this book so much particularly the mention of a variety of Water Dragon breeds which I would love to see drawings of It was so much fun to read about such fascinating creatures and I could picture just about all of them with the descriptions This is one of my favorite Dragon books that I have read in uite some time and I am eager to some day read a seuel of it I highly recommend checking out this book and may you enjoy it as much as I have