None of these books are new. Some have new installments. Some are finished. All are guaranteed superb reading.
They are read, re-read, and read again in my household. They are the it's-115-degrees-outside-and-I-can-barely-move books in our house. They are the I-have-a-spare-second-in-the-bathroom-and-now-Mom-is-wondering-where-I-got-to books. They grace our shelves, and have stood the test of weeding (reselling books to make room for new ones).
Forget the movies, the Netflix series, anything you've seen on a screen (although all those are good, too). THIS is excellent dragon fiction. Cowell uses metaphors and similes like the literary weapons they are. She even starts one book en media res! (I used it to teach that literary concept, to the delight of my students.) We prefer to think Furious is alive and sleeping on the bottom of the ocean.
Wonderfully well-written Victorian tales of a 15-year-old governess who must tame and civilize three children raised by wolves, captured and brought to Ashton Place. It's all a part of a curse, of course.
The Lord Ashton and his cronies are anything but "civilized." His wife is a self-centered Victorian drip, and Miss Lumley, the governess who never, ever, not for one jot, thinks of her charges as anything other than children, must navigate the Lord's murderous proclivities to hunt just about anything -- wolf-raised children included (!!) -- and keep the children safe. Book 6 is the latest installment in this series.
He has three solidly funny series: Spy School, Fun Jungle and Moon Base Alpha. All are hilarious. I have a standing order at Amazon to buy and ship his latest -- whatever it is -- to our door. My kiddos snatch up his books, fight over who gets the next re-read, and the covers are tattered, taped to the walls as posters in a last-ditch effort to save them.
There are new additions to Fun Jungle and Spy School coming in 2019, not in time for the holidays, though. We can't wait to read them!
Ok, this is STILL my 16-year-old's favorite series! She looks forward to every new release.
Each book is written from a different dragon's perspective. My daughter says there are two distinct series, and she can recite names, dragon types, storylines, entire quotes from every book. I have the latest, book 12, on pre-order and it's due out Dec. 26 -- not in time for Christmas, but it will still be read to smithereens over the break! ;-)
Yes, Rick Riordan wrote lots of other great books. He is best known for his Greek and Roman half-blood series, but none have the staying power that these three do in our household. The story's the tightest of all his series, and it's the best of his writing, we all agree! Sadie and Carter Kane have a special place in our home, namely, anywhere but on the shelf - the coffee table, between sofa cushions, between the bed and the wall, on the floor, next to the bathroom sink, etc. I can't keep up with how they travel and are read, re-read, and read again.