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The Dragon Wars Saga by Becka Sutton

A group of British teens struggle to end a war which started ten thousand years ago 

Weird events have beset the Stevens Quadruplets since infancy. But nothing can prepare them for the day they open their door and find another world outside. A world inhabited by intelligent mythical creatures, most of whom are hostile to humanity. And it seems they are expected to save it from disaster.

Even with the help of their bonded ‘heart friends’ can they save both this strange, new world and Earth when the people they are trying to help want to kill them?

Note: The Dragon Wars Saga contains some harsh language.

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We’re not in Oz either.

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jul 29, 2010: Naive Art – simple, bold, almost cartoony, but there’s more subtlety to it than it appears at first. This is the analogy – not a perfect one – that comes to mind when I try to think how to describe the style of this story.

Four teens stumble into another world, which needs them to save it for some reason. They are soon attacked, and a dark knight appears. First impressions: it’s rather cliched, doesn’t seem very deep, but there’s something so direct and appealing about the way the story unfolds, that I keep reading. And soon I’m finding, far from being cliched, my expectations are not being met – in a good way. In fact, from one page to another, I really cannot predict at all what is going to happen, and this intrigues me.

Who are the bad guys? Eight (substantial) chapters in, and this is still not at all obvious. Yet, there’s been plenty of conflict and action. There’s been killing and intent to kill. But when you get to know the perpetrators, they seem quite reasonable and decent; they have prejudices, but reasons for them. No-one’s being maliciously evil for the sake of world domination mwhahaha . . . .yet. Something more subtly sinister is going on.

There are multiple characters of various races, and since the scenes shift around between them quite frequently, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Elves, dwarves, dryads, goblins, sentient mythical beasts . . . these are familiar beings to fantasy readers, but the ways in which they interact in this story are not. This makes it a great vehicle for fantasy lovers to escape to a magical world, without the feeling of having read it all before.

The author has mentioned that her title DRAGON WARS is "boring"; and I agree it doesn’t really do the story justice; besides this, it’s the name of a computer RPG that is nothing to do with this story. Reader contest for new title, maybe?

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By Miladysa, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Apr 5, 2010: The magical world of Dragon Wars is most engaging – so are the creatures that inhabit it and the tensions that are rising there.

There are some lovely touches – Heart Friends, Merfolk, Dwarves, Ice Spiders (delicious), blood and truth mirrors (magical) plus enchanted jewels and weaponry.

Strange then, that I was unsure at first as to whether or not I was going to enjoy the story.

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Flat Prose, Two Dimensional Characters, But Good World Building

By Robert Rodgers, author of The Last Skull

Apr 12, 2010: Fair warning; I read a bit past Chapter 2 before I stopped—the story was getting progressively harder for me to slog through.

Dragon Wars is a story dealing with a set of quintuplets who gear up for a camping trip only to open their front door and discover that it has become a portal to another world. Compelled by a voice that cries out to them, they step into the strange wilderness and begin to discover that the power was inside [more . . .]

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By White Tiger, member

Nov 29, 2014: This is a wonderfully written story with well built characters and story lines. The plot is intricate, with attention to detail but not over complex or hard to follow. I love the easy balance between fantasy and the modern setting and the development of the story line is just right. Each week leaves you wanting more and anticipating the next instalment.

I love Lydia and Dan best, but the dynamic between the quadruplets is so cool and, uniquely, the main characters [more . . .]

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