A Dragon's Awakening (The Chronicles of Kale, #1)
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A Dragon's Awakening (The Chronicles of Kale #1)

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Kale Firehart is a young dragon, and the sole survivor of his race. As a tyrannical general and his massive bloodthirsty army close in on Kale—the most unexpected circumstance transpires. With time against him, Kale's trusted friend, a veteran arcane sorcerer, transforms him into the one thing he despises most—a human.


Kale must unwillingly live among human-kind as he emba

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Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 29th 2011 by Silver Knight Publishing (Original 1st edition by Old Line Publishing)
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Alicia
This book just barely made it into my 'it was okay' category simply because the last book I read was even worse. The plot wasn't impressive, though the idea wasn't a bad one. The build up to the climax was tedious and I often found myself skimming ahead to try to progress with the story. The characters weren't completely horrible, but the kindest thing I can say about Kale is that he's a jerk. He had his moments, sure, but I had a difficult time relating to him and caring about him as a characte...more
Reshy
Why did this book have to be bad. The book suffers horrendously from 'Show don't Tell' in meaning that the characters say how they feel without showing how they feel and this causes a lot of problems for the book that revolves the inner conflict of an individual put into a foreign body. The premise is not fully explored as the protagonist is too eager to accept everything which made the 'surprise ending' a foregone conclusion that could have been seen from a mile away.

The main character doesn't...more
Melissa
I have always been a fan of dragons, sorcerers, and anything mystical. The Chronicles of Kale is the authors debut novel and was fantastic. You meet Kale, a dragon who is changed into a human for his protection and finally learns what it means to be human. As he travels with his friend Thomas, he has to live among the humans and blend in with them so he is not killed. He is the last living dragon and he is being hunted by the army. You can feel Kale's emotions throughout the story and the scener...more
Laura
I have such a weakness for dragons...
Jan
I first met Aya Knight last year at Florida Supercon. Being a self-published author now looking for traditional publishing, I always support my fellow self-published authors spending money out of pocket to promote their books. The same goes with independent publishing since they don't have the recognition of the more prominent publishing houses such as Harper Perennial or Double Day. I spent a good thirty minutes or so talking to Aya ranging from writing to what our favorite books are to read an...more
Quinn Barrett
One of the biggest challenges in writing fantasy fiction is balancing between cliché and outrageous unbelievability in an author's newly imagined world. Fantasy fiction authors aren't just creating characters; this genre also requires writers to develop entire cultures complete with customs, laws, languages, and everything that goes along with birthing a new civilization.

"The Chronicles of Kale: A Dragon's Awakening" is the first book is an interesting and fun young adult fantasy fiction adventu...more
Bronte
I met the author at an anime/comic book convention and decided to give her book a try. I'm glad I did! It's a pretty straightforward book about a dragon that learns what it really means to be a human being. I loved Kale and following him as he grew character wise. But although the book appears to be an easy read there are a few plot twists here and there that left me wanting more. The only real problem I had with it was the ending, which I won't give away but it was such a huge cliffhanger that...more
Jane Geddis
At the end of the Age of Dragons, the last dragon survives being hunted by becoming the enemy. A sorcerer transforms Kale the dragon to Kale the human. Kale hates humans and sees them as the enemy. Kale must learn to understand himself as both a dragon and a human. He learns that humans are complicated, and unique, and not all deserve hatred.

What is the most interesting aspect to Chronicle of Kale is that the story gets told from the dragon’s perspective. The knights, especially the general who...more
Deborah Isner
I love this author. She is such a nice person it just shines through. Go to one of her book signings and you will see what I mean.

I loved these books. They may be classified as YA Fantasy, but they are books I believe could be enjoyed from a bright 5th grader on up through adulthood

The premise begins with an army slaughtering dragons in their sleep. Kale Fireheart has hidden in seclusion for 100 years, & is believed to be the last dragon in existence. His only friend an old wizard. As the a...more
Mitchell
When I finished the book and finally set it down, it kept me thinking and guessing for the rest of the night. That’s how I knew I’d found a winner. It takes a lot for a story to linger in my mind, even after Im finished and this book did it for me.

It happens all to often that I buy a book, read through some of it, and then set it down never to return to it again. With the Chronicles of Kale I ended up reading it in 3 days from cover to cover. I think the story kept moving at a great pace that do...more
Anari
This fantasy novel delivers a rich tapestry of dragons, sorcerers, knights and the occasional monster - in the form of General Jedah. Kale is the last of his race - a young dragon. He's a bit feisty and temperamental and initially believes that his fate is sealed when General Jedah takes it upon himself to rid the kingdom of his kind. From there, the reader embarks on a fascinating journey , where Kale's most trusted advisor, a sorcerer, turns him into a human to escape the grasp of his enemies....more
Bethzaida
Kale is the last one of his kind in Ravondore. General Jedah has killed every dragon in the land except for Kale Firehart. He has only one friend that can save him from Jedah and his army, and that is Thomas an old sorcerer. Thomas only choice is to turn Kale in the thing that he hates the most, a human. Kale now an 18 year old human with human and not so human friends, depart on a journey full of magic to save the last dragon.

If you loved Finnikin of The Rock you are going to like The Chronicle...more
Valerie Jane
Kale as a character was a satisfying choice for a main protagonist. I was instantly sucked in to the world of magic and mysticism, learning more about Kale's abilities as a young dragon and survivor.

The story was sweeping and dramatic while still coming in close long enough for you to feel close to Kale during his journey.

His friends, though unlikely, become the foundation for entertaining banter throughout their travels through the land.

I personally love fantasy novels and fell into this one w...more
Sammy Smith
I thoroughly enjoyed this story: magic, dragons, political rambling, good old fashioned historical fantasy.

The story follows Kale (refreshing to have a non-human lead!) as he travels and grows, and learns the nature of himself. I've never read a dragon story quite so unique and it made me think that perhaps... just perhaps... some of us are secretly dragons as well!

Subtly layered, this book reminds the reader about the importance of acceptance and friendship through adversity, and that you must...more
Tiffany
Immature characters that I couldn't seem to like. Didn't finish.
Kimberly Phoenix
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Julia Harris
good read, enjoyed it. Characters good.
Babcock
I got this book in a first reads giveaway (thank you goodreads!), life got in the way of me reviewing it earlier. Anyways, I thought that the idea was really clever and really sweet, which is why I am giving it three stars. The plot development was a little awkward though, and I thought the writing was a bit stiff at times, so it was occasionally hard to get into. That being said, I would read a sequel.
Jennifer
I hard a hard time staying focus on this book. I was interested in the story and what was going to happen to Kale, but after attemping to read this for 3 months and only getting 150 pages in, I just wasn't worth my time anymore.
Sherri Ozcomert
Ok, loved this author. Easy, fun, and great fantasy. Yes, I am really into the dragon stuff. Read both of her books on The Chronicles of Kale. There is even a little sweet romance in this set.
Jayla Johnson
Jul 22, 2011 Jayla Johnson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy!! :)
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, series
It had everything from magic, sorcerers, elves, dragons, princesses and anything else mystical - I can't wait for the sequel!
Maddie
LOVED!!!! Neelan and Kale were soooooo cute together!!!! <3


And it was a good adventure of course... :)
Trevor Finster
overall really good book, im glad that i won it. I would recomend this book to just about anyone.
Max Frampton
Great fantasy series. It is the start of something very interesting.
Tiana Harris
A great story!
Mriniun
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Aya Knight was born in South Florida, where she spent the majority of her childhood. At a young age she developed a strong passion for fantasy and a love of writing. Through movies, books and video/computer games she would escape into an alternate reality filled with adventure, magic and epic quests. As Aya entered adulthood, she expressed her enjoyment of writing through becoming a freelance jour...more
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