genre: children's fantasy, middle readers
series: Pillage Trilogy
favorite quote: "I had fallen from vents, scaled buildings, and flown on the backs of dragons, yet somehow all of those things seemed a bit less amazing now."
I went to the library, trying to avoid the summer rush of kids once school gets out. I never made it to the adult section. The children's section held my attention and when I left books filled my bag. Oddly enough, most deal with dragons. Except for one, it had dinosaurs- same thing.
Pillage, is book one in the Pillage Trilogy. It's a short, fat book with a beautiful picture of a dragon carrying a postal box dripping with letters. Anyway, the basic story is Beck, a teenage boy, is moved to his uncle's house after his mom dies penniless. Beck has had a rough life and it only gets rougher...and odder. He notices he has the ability to command plants and finds these odd rocks in his uncles garden. A garden his has been forbidden to enter. Through a strange turn of events and secret passageways, dragons hatch. Beck must save the town and break an ancient family curse all at the same time.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how each chapter started with an excerpt from an ancient text describing the fate of Beck's ancestors. It's a very quick read. The pages magically fly by. It's a lightweight fantasy, meaning it has magic, dragons, and curses but no epic worlds full of unusual creatures and languages. It's a good first fantasy book. The writing is crisp and witty. Beck sounds and acts like a teenager. The first chapter is brilliant!
A great summer read.