Dragon Tempest by Don Callander

Dragon Tempest by Don Callander
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (182 Pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

What makes a Dragon Tempest?

Take one librarian named Tom from Iowa. Add one magical dragon, one beautiful princess, and one evil kidnapper named Byron Boldface.

Toss them on a tempest sea of monsters and savages. Pour over ancient maps until shipwrecked. Roast over low dragonfire. Save the girl.

(Don’t forget to wash your claws.)

Tom Whitehead still has no idea who transported him from the human world, where he was a librarian at the Library of Congress, to Carolna, a kingdom of elves. Tom is the only human in a land where magic abounds, and he has no magical abilities whatsoever. In spite of that or perhaps because of that, he manages repeatedly to save the day, with the help of Retruance Constable, a great green and gold dragon who selectes Tom to be his dragon companion. “Elves and Humans, Tom had found, were not all that different. While he had to admit there was a lot of magic in their world, the Elves tended to rely on it rather too much, to the point where they often were helpless in matters that could be solved much more easily, cheaply, and more sensibly by the use of good old Iowa-style common sense. Actually, Tom realized, his knack for common sense was as strange to the Elves as magic was to him!”

This is the third novel in the Dragon Companion series, but it works just fine as a standalone. The characters are created in great depth with very interesting quirks. I really like Tom, his wife, Manda, their best friend, Clem, and many others. But my real favorites are the dragons. Retruance is joined by a brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, and his father. Each dragon is unique and together they make an impressive show. In this novel, we also make the acquaintance of a lovely sea dragon who helps Retruance and his brother Furbetrance when a volcano becomes dangerous.

The plot is filled with action and it moves along at a great speed. There are mysteries to solve and dangers to avert. Lovers of dragon stories will definitely want to add this title, and indeed the entire series, to their reading lists.


  1. I knew it, librarians are the best ! I just saw the first book was published in 1994, but I never heard of it. Still, I’ll give it a try, thanks for pointing it out 🙂

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