Blazewrath Games

Page Street. Oct. 2020. 368p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781645670797.
Gr 8 Up–Lana has finally realized her dream to become a member of the Puerto Rico Dragon Team in the Blazewrath Games. After fighting off a Fire Drake and a Dragon Knight trying to steal the dragon’s wish-giving crystal heart, she becomes famous and is awarded the Runner position on the team. But now, not only does she have to prove herself to her team, Lana also has to solve the mystery of the Dragon Knights and why they are terrorizing the Games and the dragons before they destroy all that she loves. In a nonstop, dragon-roaring adventure, this mash-up of magical realism and coming-of-age story will keep readers enthralled until the last page. Lana is a well-developed character, whose struggles with her white mother’s expectations, her Puerto Rican father’s heritage, and her love for her native island home give her an inner strength and determination to succeed. The international teams realistically reflect both gender and racial diversity, and Spanish is liberally sprinkled throughout the book.
VERDICT This fun read will appeal to fans of dragon tales like Rachel Hartman’s Tess of the Road and adventures such as Daniel José Older’s “Shadowshaper Cypher” series.

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