Sunday 9 October 2022

Guarding the Invisible Dragons - Tracey West and Graham Howells - Dragon Masters Book 22

Guarding the Invisible Dragons
Dragon Masters Book 22
Tracey West (Author)
Matt Loveridge (Illustrator)
ISBN 9781338776904
eISBN 9781338776935

Another great read in an excellent series. These books are well below my youngest daughters reading level. But she loves them so much. She reads for 20 minutes 5 days most weeks and a book in this series use to take her 10-12 days to read. This one she read in under three sittings, like the last one. We have pre-order the next volume Curse of the Shadow Dragon. I have said it before and I state it again, this series gets better and better. It has serious staying power.  And in this volume we get a few more surprises! This is book 22 but we have reread a few of the volumes, making it the 32st time we have read a book in the series. As a family we eagerly await the new volumes that have been announced. This volume Matt Loveridge is the illustrator, he has illustrated a few in the series. But let us return to this volume. 

The part of the description of this volume is:

“Drake and the other Dragon Masters must help save a nest of baby Invisible Dragons in the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

A nest of baby Invisible Dragons has been discovered in Aragon and the babies' parents are nowhere to be found! The baby dragons need to eat the fruit from the magical Dragon Tree to keep their invisible powers. But the tree grows on the dangerous Dove Island… Drake, Worm, and Carlos' cousin Val must travel there to find the baby dragons’ parents and the fruit before the baby dragons lose their powers forever! Also, one of the baby dragons forms a close bond with Val. Could Val be a Dragon Master?”

This story picks up right after the previous one. This story was more of a quest and adventure than a battle. My daughter reads through the chapter titles before beginning, and she guesses what might happen. The chapters this time are:

Training Lalo
Dragon Trouble
Queen Sofia
The Dragon’s Nest
The Third Horn
The Searche Begins
A Surprise
Follow Fig!
Into the Mountain
The Dragon Tree
A Magical Fruit
A Dafe Home
Diego’s Idea
A Perfect Pair

This story is different. It was not action from beginning to end. The story begins with a training sequence. Worm and Drake are helping Lalo Carlos. There is a brief recap of some of Drake’s adventures. Carlos’s cousin Val dreams of being a dragon master. Immediately a soldier appears on horseback summoning Diego, who is Carlos’s mentor. And the adventure begins. A nest of baby dragons has been found and they are invisible dragons, they need help. My daughter listed many things she loved about this book. She loved Val and Fig’s growing relationship. She loved that the Master Dragon Stone recognised an already existing relationship, which we had not see previously. And she absolutely love the baby dragons. She was very excited that we got to spend time with Diego in this story and said it was like visiting with an old friend.  

This is another excellent read in a great series. It has real staying power. Even though they are well below her reading level my daughter loves them! I believe they will be lifelong favorites. 

Dragon Master Books:
1. Rise of the Earth Dragon
2. Saving the Sun Dragon
3. Secret of the Water Dragon
4. Power of the Fire Dragon
5. Song of the Poison Dragon

6. Flight of the Moon Dragon
7. Search for the Lightning Dragon
26. Cave of the Crystal Dragon
27. Haunting of the Ghost Dragon
The Epic Guide to Dragon Masters

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