The Last Dragon Charmer #1: Villain Keeper

The Last Dragon Charmer #1: Villain Keeper

by Laurie McKay


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This first book in the Last Dragon Charmer series is packed with adventure and wit, perfect for fans of Soman Chainani's School for Good and Evil series and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of slaying a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons.

Or so he thinks. The longer Caden spends in Asheville, the more he comes to realize that there is unexpected and dangerous magic in this strange land. There just may be dragons here too. But what if Caden's destiny isn't to slay a dragon, after all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062308443
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Last Dragon Charmer , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,105,205
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laurie McKay lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her family and her two dogs. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in biological oceanography from North Carolina State University. She's taught at the Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science and in the North Carolina community college system. When she's not dodging students and prepping lab activities, she's sitting at a local coffee shop and daydreaming about all things fantastical.

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The Last Dragon Charmer #1: Villain Keeper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When Prince Caden is finally sent on a mission to slay a Dragon and become an Elite Paladin, he is thrilled, though thinks it's odd that he is being sent in the middle of the night with no fanfare. He sets off and quickly finds the dragon, but the next thing he knows, he along with Brynne (whom was nearby at the time) are swept away in a wave of dark magic. They end up in Asheville, North Carolina in modern times. It's a land of no Dragons and no magic so how can he finish his mission and get home? Caden is caught by the police and sent to a foster home where a girl has been missing for the last week. This girl went missing the exact same time as Caden was dragged into this world. He realises there might be a connection and sets out to find the truth, though he has to survive school first! His first day of school he realises that this is no ordinary school and the teachers look an awful lot like villains from his realm that were banished!! When one of the teachers confirms his fears, he knows that not everything is as it seems. He will have to work with Brynne and Tito, his foster brother, to get to the bottom of what exactly is going on.  This was such a fun, fast paced and adventurous read!! I loved it.  Caden was an absolute hoot. He is sent into modern times and always tells the truth, so when he is asked why he is out in the woods with no parents, he tells the police exactly what happens. Needless to say, they think he is lying but have an obligation to get him shelter. They take him to a foster carer and he still tells it like he is. It was so funny reading the things he says and the reactions of people. Caden was such an awesome character, he was loyal, brave and honest. He just wanted to finish his quest and go home. He knows right from wrong and stands up for Tito when he is getting bullied. He is an admirable hero for kids.  All the characters in this book were so well written and developed, even the villains. Tito is another foster child and bless, my heart went out to him. He was so afraid of getting in trouble in case he was sent away that he left people bully him. When Caden comes along, he thinks he is cuckoo but can't help but be charmed by him. I loved reading how their friendship grows and they end up relying on each other.  Plot wise, it's really fast paced. The story itself is quite complex and you really don't know who is who and what's going to happen. It's revealed slowly and there are quite a few twists as well. We are still left with a lot of unanswered questions which makes me want book 2 like yesterday. Anyway, I absolutely loved this book and flew through the pages. Its an action packed, often times laugh out loud, read. From it's amusing characters to it's adventurous plot, The Last Dragon Charmer : Villain Keeper is a must read. The author has made a fantastic world filled with mystery and magic and characters that you cant help but love. I'd highly recommend this book and can't wait for more. It's an impressive debut and definitely an author to keep an eye on. My boys are currently reading it by themselves and have told me twice already how good it is!! 
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Caden was a son of King Axel, King of the Razzon Winterlands. He was the youngest sibling, and felt like he had to prove himself. And he planned to do it on his Quest Day to slay a dragon. Suddenly, the king, Caden’s father, wakes him up in the middle of the night saying it is Caden’s time for his quest. Where is the ceremony? Where are the people? Caden quickly runs off into the night. And then, a flash of light, and… Where is he? And why is Brynne, the young sorceress whom hates Caden, there with him? Why is there no magic? And why are there no dragons in this land of Carolina of the North (AKA North Carolina)? This is all too strange! What I thought- This was a cool book. There is a unique mixture of medieval characters, magical objects, and a modern-day setting. The characters are well-thought out and realistic. They make you feel like you are there with them as they traverse throughout North Carolina. Ms. McKay has a great writing style. It engages you and draws you into the story. I would like to read more of Ms. McKay’s writing. The humor in the book kept me laughing throughout it, as Caden tried to adjust to living in our modern-day dimension. The mystery of the teachers at the school really added a great touch to the overall story. It is a solid start to this new series. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
SandyBeachGirl More than 1 year ago
Laurie writes a delightful fast paced read. Her characters are just flawed enough to be real. But not flawed enough to let such a little thing get in the way of their goals. Anxiously awaiting books two and three. And then a prequel about these kids.
whimseas More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun read for kids (both girls and boys) and adults. It’s charming, fast paced and witty. There is plenty of mystery, magic and adventure with just the right amount of angst. The main characters are believable and endearing. It's a quick read with a satisfying ending leaving you anxious for book 2.
ProfLangley More than 1 year ago
Laurie McKay’s debut young adult novel VILLAIN KEEPER, the first book in THE LAST DRAGON CHARMER series, is a fast-paced and charming story that introduces Prince Caden and brings the reader into his exciting life, a life where one of his dreams is to slay a dragon. When he finally gets the chance to do so, however, it’s not in his native land of Razzon but, instead, in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina where he’s been transported against his will. Not only does Caden have to quickly adjust to a totally different environment, he also starts to realize that some of the people he meets are not who they say they are. Caden is part of a large family and used to being royalty so joining a family of kids that are foster children presents a challenge out of the ordinary, but when he discovers that some of the people at his school are “recognizable,” the story becomes even more interesting. And then we have some magic . . . and an extraordinary horse that battles dragons. Witches and elves and, well, dragons.  Teachers and cafeteria workers and principals are not who they say they are, and foster children aren’t either. The best part of this story are the surprises McKay weaves in to ever plot point. The tale is not only well-written and complicated with details, but the narrative definitely opens the door to the next book. Don’t skip a page because you’ll miss a valuable detail!