Thursday, 9 July 2015

Fantasy Book Review of The Sorcerers Glen

Fantasy Book Review
~  Fans of Hare’s previous books The Dragonsdome Chronicles will be delighted with The Sorcerer’s Glen. It bears all the trademarks of classic Hare – brave female characters, hilarious side-kicks and Hare’s characteristic wit (What’s a vegetarian and how do you cook them?). There is one big difference with this book – it is set in our world. Fear not, this doesn’t mean fantastical realms are long-gone…but Hare presents our world as a different kind of magic. In the opening pages we are introduced to the charming village of Thistleburr. If you live in a city – you’re going to wish you lived here. If you live in a village – you’re going to wish you lived here. If you live in a magical realm – you’re going to wish you lived here. Seemingly lifted right off a chocolate box, Thistleburr is all small caf├ęs, village greens and beautifully named places (Ratchet and Hatchet Solicitors!); but by far, the one place I wished was real was The Chocolate Cauldron. Hare tells us right away that this is an ‘old-fashioned sweet shop that conjured up confectionary of every imaginable shape, size and description’. You won’t even be half-way through the book before you’re wishing toffee wands were sold in the supermarket. More than just village life, Hare gives us the modern world, and presents the modern world as a modern magic (the internet, nanotechnology, biometric scans) that sits by the side of (and often clashes with) the deeper, older magic of the Fifth Dimension. This is where fans of the Dragonsdome chronicles will see familiar favourites; the SDS, goblins, and dragons…but as I said before, this book is different. Hare takes dragons to a whole new level, too. Sea Dragons, that’s all I’m saying. Wait for the sea dragons. All this goes on around our main character, Lucy Pemberton, a young girl learning to deal with magical powers (in our world, a world that has, seemingly relegated such power to folklore and fairy-tales) as she faces the Black Raven. There are many beautiful passages where Lucy ‘connects’ to the Fifth Dimension – but my favourite element of her magic, was her ability to connect with the animals. The various animal totems in this book (can mine be the Wooly Mammoth?) show us the author’s great compassion for, and understanding of, animals. Lucy has a permanent companion in her brother Oliver, so as with the Dragonsdome Chronicles, you’d be mistaken for thinking this was a book for only the girls. There is enough rugby, mountain-bike mishaps and beasties to please any boy reading. In short, this is a book for everyone. Want to enter Hare’s world – pick up this book? You don’t have to have read the Dragonsdome Chronicles to understand this (but they are brilliant – so you really should read them!) The final difference with this book was Hare’s fantastic illustrations – saved only for the front cover of the previous novels, The Sorcerer’s Glen is filled with them – the work of both Hare and local primary school children. Overall: This book gets 5 toffee-wands (out of five!)

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Fantasy Book Review of The Stealth Dragon Services ~ Sit back and hope for a film adaptation and a line of frying pans as merchandise.

Frying pans at the ready - Quenelda and Root are back! Stealth Dragon Services, the fourth novel in Lucinda Hare's Dragonsdome Chronicles opens with a handy glossary of 'who's who' - so you'll be up to speed if this book is your first of the series. If you’re an avid fan – it’ll all sound very familiar!
Before you open the book, prepare yourself for moments of reunion that will make you want to cry; monsters that will make you want to hide; a dark magic so consuming it will make you want to turn to the dark side; and a good magic so good... it'll make you wish you could speak to dragons.
This novel is still filled with Hare’s classic humour (the frying pan is still the weapon of choice) which surely wins it the coveted place of ‘bedtime story’ for many children. Her portrayal of dragons is second to none: she describes them with such David-Attenborough precision, that you can't help but wonder if they really do exist.
Don’t be fooled, though – SDS is the darkest book in the series to date. The Hobgoblins are the stuff of nightmares (three rows of teeth!) and the Lord Protector, quite literally, goes over the edge. It's these dark moments that make you wish for a film-adaptation, if only to give yourself chance to hide behind your popcorn.
But what truly separates Hare’s novels from other books is the deeper message they convey - and this continues with SDS. Hare offers us a world where the underdog can triumph, where you can be who you want to be, where girls can fly dragons, but also dress how they want. Quenelda is still very much a girl in a boys' world and this is what makes a story about old folklore so modern. We see Quenelda battle through, (literally, at times!) as she tries to deal with life as a young girl and her growing dragon magic.
Once you've reached the last page, sit back and hope for a film adaptation and a line of frying pans as merchandise.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

5*****Wow....just breathtaking and one of the best books ive every read

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....just breathtaking and one of the best books ive every read20 Aug 2014
This review is from: Stealth Dragon Services: On wings of vengeance (The Dragonsdome Chronicles Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Wow.....just wow is all I can say to the book.The plot is amazingly thought out and the detail put in to every character is incredible the story is about a young girl called Qenelda dewinter daughter of the earl Rufus dewinter who is a girl of just 13 summers who has a natural gift with dragons she can talk to them!!.The military is called the SDS (stealth dragon services) and is a very clever idea.It uses standard military practices but incorporates magic and dragons into it for the example the way they bring other dragons into battle is with imperials which are huge black dragons and I suppose they are kind of like cargo planes. I COULD NOT put this book down every chance I had I read it to the very end I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book but if you are going to read it I also recommend that you read book one first its called The Dragon Whisperer it will explain everything also this book is for all ages as Lucinda hare herself has commonly put it its for ages 9 - 99 so anyone can read it so what are you waiting for go down to water stones or wherever you get you books and BUY THIS BOOK

submitted by Cameron age:15

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Moons & Months

So where did I get inspiration for the months/moons of the year? Well, there was a time not so long ago when mankind’s very survival was tied to the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons, and thus time was measured by the cycle of the full moon. Full moons dominate the sky and have attracted unique names of their own that reflect those seasons. In this modern day and age of high rise cities, the Internet, cars and planes, it is all too easy to lose touch with nature, and to forget that we are intrinsically connected to the Earth, and it to us. But blizzards, floods and famine, bush fires, tsunamis and earthquakes have shown how nature can overwhelm us and render much of our defenses, planning and technology redundant. What then must it have been like for our ancestors? No heating save the wood you have cut over summer. No food save that which you have harvested or hunted. No running water. No transport, no computers, no mobile phones. All the things we take for granted did not exist not so long ago. This too is the world of The Seven Sea Kingdoms, a medieval world of soaring mountains and deep sea lochs. Yes there is magic, but like technology, it has its limits. How can a even a mighty Imperial Black battledragon fly in a howling blizzard? So, how do you measure time in such a primordial world?

Ever since I was a child I have been inspired by Native American cultures and their affinity with nature, so I have borrowed their names for full moons below, with some alternative names in brackets; but this personal choice reflects only a fraction of the many tribal variants such as Abenaki, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Mohawk, Potawatomi and Shoshoni that exist. Those in bold print represent those adopted by the American Indian Association.

The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Moons

January Wolf Moon (Snow Moon)
February Snow Moon (Hunger Moon)
March Sap Moon (Maple Sugar Moon / Crow Moon)
April Sprouting Grass Moon ( Frog Moon / Wild Goose Moon)
May Corn Planting Moon (Flower Moon)
June Hot Moon (Strawberry Moon / Rose Moon)
July Thunder Moon (Blood Moon / Buck Moon)
August Grain Moon (Moon of the Green Corn)
September Harvest Moon
October Hunters Moon (Moon of the Falling Leaves)
November Frost Moon (Beaver Moon)
December Long Nights Moon (Cold Moon)

Friday, 8 August 2014

The books you write are a combination of everything i love, dragons, spells, warlocks, legends

I'm your number 1 fan, your first book blew me away i dream about being Quenelda every night! Your second book is even better i can't contain my glee. The books you write are a combination of everything i love, dragons, spells, warlocks, legends. When *spoiler* in your second book i literally stopped breathing from the amazing desciption you put in, I felt Quenelda's pain! I can't wait for the next book. You are my favourite author over Enid Blyton and Michael Morpurgo. Your books are so amazing that i'm reading so fast to find out what happens i don't have enough time to imagine it!

Jessica McConnell review of Dragon Lords Rising : Story to grasp a child's imagination *****

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Every so often you want to become immersed in a fantasy story, to enter that world and care about what happens to the characters. You certainly get this in the Dragonsdome series. Gritty heroine, small hero-in-the-making - characters with whom a young(ish) child can identify feel empathy with - and of course, evil villains to arouse a child's keen sense of injustice.
A wonderful new look at dragons as large creatures with minds of their own.
I'm not going to spoil the plot - please buy the book and read it - then read it out to any child within hearing distance. Better still, go out and buy the first two books and there's a brand new book 4 just out. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Adult reader review of The Stealth Dragon Services

By April
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Along with other fans of Lucinda Hare’s fantastic Dragonsdome fantasy series, I waited for this latest installment with bated breathe. What would happen with Rufus, Quenelda and Root? Would Too Gulps Too Many ever stop eating like a little piggy? Would Hugo be unmasked as the traitor he is and would he be caught? Would Quester survive? What ever would become of Root’s people? All of this, and much more, is explored in this new book. Yet again, the author takes you on a breakneck, exciting journey around the Seven Kingdoms, following the heroes in their endeavors. I loved the breaks from “Tradition” that are starting to take place around court, with Armelia providing some very good character development to move the story forward and open new avenues to explore. The queen is really starting to become more three dimensional as she is bought deeper in to the plot line and you find yourself loving her as much as Quenelda, Tagnost or Too Gulps. There is so much love and care taken over these stories, such emotion in the scenes between friends and family, that you almost feel that they are a part of you. You care deeply for the brave people of this story. You even feel for Darcy, in his confusion and turmoil!
I saw somebody compare these books to Harry Potter recently, but to me, these books are so much better than anything that Rowling puts out. Lucinda is so much better, don’t miss out!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar

Taking a look at participating in Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar, a literature festival looking at the fantastical in stories for children and young people in the Western Isles: all that fresh air and rain are definitely appealing...a bit tricky getting from island to island but we are exploring possibilities...

Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar

Faclan Sparks

Faclan Sparks / Faclan Sragadan

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

First young reader review of The Stealth Dragon Services

5.0 out of 5 stars The Stealth Dragon Services, Lucinda Hare 15 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have you ever had to keep a secret that is impossible to keep? A Secret so big you are left biting your tongue while others stand on and laugh? Quenelda the main character in Lucinda Hare’s The stealth Dragon Services has to deal with that and more as she begins her training to become a dragon Lord, a position never before being offered to a woman. Throughout the book you see Quenelda develop her skills along with her friends as she tries to make her way through without giving anything away. Meanwhile a war is wagging with a Warlock at its core; it’s a hard time for everyone…

This book is an exciting enjoyable book with many heart stopping moments, the author (Lucinda Hare) is experienced and has many inspirations for her series of books The Dragon Whisperer. Her many furry friends provide the inspiration for the personalities of her many dragons showing her dedication to book writing, as each and every dragon in her book has their own individual part in the story. The characters are well developed and easy to get attached to.

Personally I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone aged 9+ who would like to read something with real meaning and depth while keeping it simple and easy to read. You can get caught up in the book and read it for hours on end without even realising the time passing by as you start to count your time in bells as the characters do. This is an amazing book and think many people would enjoy reading it.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2013 : The Dragonsdome Chronicles win the silver medal for Best Book Series

Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts. Each year's entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages. Award recipients receive gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading and silhouetted by a full moon.

Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.Congratulations to all the winners!

This year's Moonbeam Awards medal ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 4th annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. All medalists and their guests are invited to attend.

Click here to go to the Moonbeam Award Winners press page.

2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Results “Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Learning”

Monday, 15 July 2013

Fringe by the Sea: North Berwick | 5-11 August 2013

August 9th: Dragons: the magic of imagination (Dragon drawing for younger readers with me)

What kind of dragon would you take home if you were allowed to visit the roosts of Dragonsdome? What kind of dragon would your family like? Does any family member have a dragon allergy? Nasty! Is your dragon going to be gentle like Root’s Chasing the Stars, or temperamental like Quenelda’s battledragon, Two Gulps & You’re Gone? Small as a guinea pig or large as a house? Imagine the dragon you are taking home tonight....

Fringe by the Sea

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Beautiful illustration by Jessica McConnell

i drew this picture for Lucinda Hare because her books are the best in the world!!!
Originally posted on Lucinda's facebook wall

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Two Gulps Too Many

Two Gulps Too Many: juveline sabretooth battledragon with a serious weight problem  Cannot stop himself snacking..on a inattentive seagull, brimstone *and* the metal cauldron, someones cloak, and best of all...those honey tablets...yum...

So plump he cannot fly!  

Friday, 7 June 2013

Tangnost Bearhugger

Bonecracker Commando and Dragon Master 

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Author at Work

Me hard at work with the help of Little Dumpling, one of my ten furry assistants...the plot to The Stealth Dragon Services is written on all the windows of the conservatory in liquid chalk...

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Cover Artwork for Dragon Lords Rising for sale

Beautiful satin finish A3 poster of the cover artwork for Dragon Lords Rising
signed and dedicated on request
£15 + 2.50 p&p UK or £4.60 Europe or USA

Friday, 1 February 2013

Shortlisted for the Lennox Author Award

Shortlisted for the Lennox Author Award, East Lothian's first book award which will be decided by pupils in P5, 6 or 7 in East Lothian.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Root Oakley

Root Oakley

Poor Root in the battledragon roosts with Quenelda. He is petrified!

Pa was gone. He was all alone in the world. What would he do now? Root wondered. Where would he go? He couldn't think straight. He couldn't even move. The hobgoblins had once more killed his closest kin. He had been barely six years old when a banner had wiped out his village - he had been picking nuts and berries in the forest when the attack came, and was the sole survivor out of a hundred and fifty peaceful gnomes. Hearing the screams, he had hidden in the undergrowth and stayed there long after night and silence fell, too afraid to move. Finally, as dawn turned darkness into shades of grey, he had crept home to find his family lying like broken dolls in the ruins of their home. The SDS had found him three days later, filthy, starving, and frozen, and had reunited him with his grieving father, stationed at Dragonsdome. But now the evil creatures had taken his father away too; what would become of him?

Root is a young gnome, the only remaining son of Bark Oakley, Scout to the Commander of the Stealth Dragon Services.  In memory of his father's bravery, Root is promoted from apprentice to esquire, an unheard of promotion because Root is a commoner.  Worse he is to be Quenelda's esquire.  To some that means advancement, fame and fortune, if they can keep up with her, but Root is almost as scared of her as he is of a battledragon that is trained to disembowel, behead or toast you.  He would much rather be a rat catcher's apprentice.    


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Fantasy Book Review

Books of the Month: January 2013
Five books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read are selected each month.
An image taken from the front cover of Dragon Lords Rising by Lucinda Hare.
Dragon Lords Rising

Lucinda Hare
An image taken from the front cover of Virals by Kathy Reichs.

Kathy Reichs
An image taken from the front cover of Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Zombies vs. Unicorns

Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Illustrations of The Dragonsdome Chronicles

 Tangnost Bearhugger
 Quenelda and Two Gulps & You're Gone
The Winter Jouts