Crimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain by Valerie Pike
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The lonesome dragon
Crimson is stranded in a cave with a wish-catching bat fairy, Flame
Twig, and is determined to make the best of a bad situation. When he
sheds his scales, they turn into rubies. The spirited dragon does not
fit in with the other greedy dragons and misses his family.
soars out into the unknown lands surrounding his cave. During his
adventure, he meets other dragons, including Sparks Snorter, a clever
and sly warrior dragon who lives in a cave at the bottom of the ocean,
Green Smasher the Gold Hoarder, who lives in a lair near an inactive
volcano, and Green Smasher's two-headed daughter, Amethyst, who embodies
the best and worst of dragon character. Unfortunately, friendship is
not what Crimson finds.
Soon a Princess Penelope who lives at the
base of Lonely Mountain in the Castle of Contentment ventures to his
lair in search of love. They become friends and get into various
adventures together. Crimson gives Penelope a magical ruby necklace.
will delight in the adventures of Crimson and Penelope as they
encounter fairies and get caught up in an epic dragon battle of greed
and revenge that threatens to destroy Penelope's Kingdom. Will Crimson
win at the end and restore harmony to the townspeople? Will Crimson
overcome his loneliness and find a kind soul to be a friend?
*I received a copy for review from the author.*
Such a great story, and well told! I really enjoyed this one, and loved the narrator's storyteller style. Crimson wants a friend, and finds one in Princess Penelope. They work together and make friends and enemies as they try to protect Penelope's kingdom.
The audio version was a joy to listen to, and Tracy Turner's style reminded me of story time in second grade. Great for preteens and middle grade readers, as well as older readers who enjoy a fun fantasy!
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