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In the Shadow of the Dragon King (Chronicles of Fallhollow, #1)

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Published 31 May 2016
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Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.
Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.
Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he's some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He's supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who's too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.
With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

"In the Shadow of the Dragon King (Chronicles of Fallhollow, #1)" Reviews

Fri, 15 Apr 2016

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I SUPPOSE I can’t love them all. Though, I was taken by surprise that I didn’t love In the Shadow of the Dragon King, by J. Keller Ford. The cover, synopsis, and genre were spot on—a trifecta of sorts. And, did I mention dragon? I thought (or hoped) I would be reading about a coming-of-age story where the deep bonds of camaraderie between Eric and David are forged, as they set out on an epic dragon adventure. In actuality, David and Eric, never meet until the end of the book—some 400 pages later. While two concurrent timelines between alternating perspectives aren’t a deal breaker for me by any means, I did struggle with other elements.
The world build was conflicting. When I read the word “germs” in the magical world of Fallhollow, it blasted me right out of fantasy and into the modern marvels of medicine. Can germs and magic co-exist? I imagine it could; however, Fallhollow had such a medieval and old-world charm to it that the use of microorganisms, though practically insignificant, was disruptive to the overall atmosphere.
The characters were overly generalized. Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a noble squire with a good heart, but his temper and compulsiveness have a way of putting people and missions at risk. Sixteen-year-old David, is a “configuration of worry and self-doubt.” He denies his destiny as the paladin, as much as, he doesn't understand it. David’s crush and best friend, Charlotte, is a damsel in distress. Inasmuch as she is the positive force to drive David’s actions, she is more easily seen as a handicap to his growth. That being said, I also feel that the characters are starting from a point of innocence and youth in this first installment, with a great potential to be molded into more mature and complex personalities.
The action was nonstop and exciting with David being hunted ceaselessly. I think some readers will be quite enthralled by this. One thing I wish I’d seen more of is David’s valor in navigating and overcoming dangerous encounters, instead of being saved by other characters, time and time again.
I don’t regret reading In the Shadow of the Dragon King; however, I do wish that I had enjoyed this one a bit more. Nevertheless, it seems that many do love it on Goodreads, and you might too.
{ I received this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }

- The United States
Fri, 19 Jun 2015

Be ready to be blown away! In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford is an epic, YA fantasy that will transport you to a different world. The teens sound like teens, the characters are complex, the world-building is top notch, and there is a perfect mix of fantasy and reality.
In the Shadow of the Dragon King has two plotlines that intertwine. In our world, sixteen-year-old David lives in a mansion, contemplates kissing his best friend Charlotte, and kicks butt at archery tournaments. In the otherworld of Fallhollow, seventeen-year-old Erik struggles to find his place in the kingdom, and questions whether the knight he serves has his best interests at heart. Magic, mayhem, and evil lurk beneath the surface. When David is mysteriously transported to Fallhollow--along with Charlotte--secrets are revealed that will change the course of everything.
This is a weighty book, full of the rich detail fantasy readers crave. The characters seem real, especially David and Charlotte, and are very relatable. I'm not a huge YA fantasy fan, but I loved this book, and think teen readers--boys and girls included--will fall in love with Fallhollow.
P.S. I received a free advanced readers copy of this book, but have also preordered the paperback for my personal collection because I enjoyed it so much.

- The United States
Sat, 28 Oct 2017

Destinies collide in this enjoyable tale. Modern with fantasy. Commoner vs royal. Good dragons vs evil dragons. Fire vs ice. In many ways, the two protagonists, David and Eric, share similar traits. Both exude youth. Both unveil their secret pasts as the tale unwinds. The tale also reminded me of video games like World of Warcraft, which the book also mentions, though not by name, within its pages. Paladins were supposed to be large and strong, for example, not scrawny. An enjoyable, easy read.

- London, ON, Canada
Fri, 19 Jun 2015

When I was a teenager, I was full-on obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I had practically memorized the maps of Middle Earth and imagined how cool it would be to escape my life and go on a quest with the characters. (I also had a huge crush on Aragorn, but that’s beside the point…)
Anyway, reading Tolkien spurred my love of dragons and fantasy. I have massive amounts of respect for any writer who can create a fantasy world out of nothing and make it feel real, as real as the world in which we live. J. Keller Ford proves that she is such a writer in the first book in her Chronicles of Falhallow series.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is a riveting read. It’s rich with details and has an ethereal quality that’s hard to describe, but as I was reading, I felt like I could escape into the words and be in the world Ford created. The main characters, Eric and David, feel so genuine and authentic. Eric lives in the enchanted realm of Falhallow, while David lives in the modern world—until he finds himself called to Falhallow. Further complicating the plot is David’s best friend, Charlotte, who he has more than friendly feelings for. To destroy the dragon, Eric and David have to learn to work together and trust each other, which is a bit more difficult in reality than it sounds in theory.
I’m so excited for teens to discover this book and fall in love with it like I did with fantasy when I was a teenager. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is a story with a timeless, classic feel, and I’m looking forward to the next installment in the series!

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

In the Shadow of the Dragon King skillfully weaves the tale of two very different boys with similar destinies. Eric lives in Fallhallow, an enchanted land riddled by war and destruction. David lives in the modern world until he and his friend Charlotte are called upon to travel to Fallhallow. David’s purpose is not immediately clear, but it’s obvious that everyone believes he's somehow tied into the conflict surrounding the dragon king. The complexity of the plot kept me turning pages, trying to guess what would happen next. J. Keller Ford’s world building is both stellar and unique. The contrasting voices of Eric and David were so well crafted and I equally enjoyed both of their stories. And I loved Charlotte – she more than holds her own against the guys, plus she has principles about both love and war and she stands behind them. YA Fantasy fans, this is one to add to your TBR!

- Brooklyn, NY
Mon, 04 Apr 2016

This great adventure story is the first installment of a trilogy. It's an exciting read that will leave you breathless and wanting more!
A couple of modern-day teens are transported to an alternate world replete with magic, dragons, and a variety of other mythical beings. It turns out that one of them, David, has a purpose to fulfill. Thousands of lives depend on his ability to rapidly learn magic and win battles against powerful foes. Worse, the life of Charlotte, his closest friend from this world who was accidentally transported to the alternate world, also depends upon him.
So tense and fun!!

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