Dragon Night by Stephanie Campbell

Dragon Night by Stephanie Campbell
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (243 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

The only thing more shocking than discovering that dragons really exist is finding out that you are one.

Ever since he could remember, Ford was treated cruelly by his parents, Liddy and Wicker Forks. He cannot figure out why they hate him so much. It is only when he discovers that his father isn’t really Wicker Forks but instead is a mysterious, red-eyed stranger that he goes on a quest to find his true identity—and much, much more.

As he heads forward down the path of danger and illusion, he uncovers a world that he had never imagined, a world of dragons. Ford must decide who he is—a dragon or a boy—and whichever path he chooses will be his future for forever. After all, once you are a dragon, there is no going back.

Adolescence is hard enough without finding out that you have never met your father and that your mother was raped, and if that weren’t enough, your biological father is a dragon. No wonder your human parents wouldn’t let you call them Mom and Dad. No wonder they thought of you as a curse. Ford Forks leaves home right after his sixteenth birthday because his body is changing in ways he can’t understand, changes which frighten him and his parents. When he overhears the story of his conception, he decides to try to find his father. Soon Ford discovers an entirely new world, a world of dragons and draconics, half dragons like him.

This is a coming of age story with really interesting twists. Stephanie Campbell has written a very suspenseful, action-packed story which I found impossible to put down. The characters are well-drawn, with both strengths and weaknesses. The dialogue is crisp and clean. The plot is well-paced and logical, revolving around a battle for justice. And the odds are definitely skewed in favor of the dragons, who have terrorized the draconics for centuries.

I like the way Campbell portrays the draconics, searching for freedom but at the same time refusing to be like their captors. Ford turns out to be incredibly strong and powerful, more so than any of the other draconics because Ford’s father is not only the leader of the dragons, but the largest and most powerful dragon. But Ford also has a good and loving heart, even after the abusive childhood he suffered through. Ford’s decisions were believable and his anger was understandable. Ultimately Ford has to decide who he really is and where his loyalties lie.

This novel really resonated with me. I found myself identifying with Ford and a few of the other characters. The novel is also filled with action, a real page turner, suspenseful right to the end. I can definitely recommend it to any lovers of dragon fantasies.

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