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Jon Hansen and the Dragon Clan of Yden (Yden #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  154 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
This edition is out of print, for the new revised edition see The Last Great Wizard of Yden.

Jon Hansen is a seemingly ordinary, artistically inclined teen who lives in a Southern California beach community. On his 16th birthday, he witnesses the mysterious disappearance of his father in a flash of light and a sound like muffled thunder. Jon thinks his father has been kidna
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Astraea Press (first published April 13th 2010)
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This is an awesome YA fantasy book that adults will enjoy also! When I started reading this book, I was immediately drawn into Jon’s life. I really enjoyed his relationship with his sister. It’s been a long time since I have read a book where siblings are shown in such a positive light. Jon, like so many teens, is trying to make new friends, deal with a bully and get his driver’s license. His character is one that so many readers can relate to on one level or another. The characters were very be ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An artist, a cheerleader, a geek, and a bully walk into a. . . No, it’s not a bar joke. This unlikely group of teens, together with a nomad from another planet, join together to rescue kidnapped Yrth (Earth, to us) citizens from the magical world of Yden. In the process, they have to learn to think way outside of the proverbial box, to depend on themselves and each other, and to overcome both magic and magicians.

The premise is great; the writing is better. The suspens
Jeff LaFerney
Oct 09, 2012 Jeff LaFerney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This YA fantasy novel was the best book I've read in a long, long time. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Admittedly, I'm a fan of fantasy, but I'm also a fan of good writing. This book caught my attention right away. I loved the characterization (which is a vitally important key for me to REALLY like a book). I thought the creativity, humor, action, suspense, setting, and combination of terrific characters (bad guys and good) were so well done that I couldn't wait to start up where I left off ...more
Althea Harris
Sep 30, 2010 Althea Harris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10 yr and above
Recommended to Althea by: Goodreads giveaway
I enjoyed this book. My attention was quickly gotten and kept throughout the story. I could imagine further stories being developed from this book. It is a story that I was sorry to see end.
Jan Romes
Nov 07, 2011 Jan Romes rated it it was amazing
In "The Last Great Wizard of Yden", S. G. Rogers spins a page-turning tale that combines reality and fantasy. The hero, Jon Hansen, is an average kid, with an average life, who expresses his world through art. When his father is kidnapped, he stumbles upon a family secret that tests his strength and faith in himself. Jon decides it's up to him to find his father which throws his average life out the door and into a life-threatening adventure filled with wizards and imps. In this incredible journ ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle-schoolers through adults
Recommended to Eric by: Good Reads
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Jun 07, 2013 JinkM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
First I would like to thank goodreads and author S.G.Rogers for allowing me to win this book. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. It was quite enjoyable. The story moved well and the characters were relatable and well-developed. In fact, the characterization is a big plus in this book, which is filled with drama, magic,humor and a little romance thrown in for good measure. The story itself was well thought out and engaging. :)
Oct 23, 2010 Red rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who wish to smile as they read and learn
Recommended to Red by: I won it through Good Reads
I felt quite lucky to win this book through GoodReads. It is a very good YA story and is interesting enough to hold the attention of fully adult readers as well. The plot moves quickly and includes some surprises. It is definitely a page turner and is difficult to put down once reading has begun. I would hope to see sequels that could even follow through the main character's adulthood. Bravo S>G>Rogers on a job well done.
Oct 26, 2010 Lacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Jul 07, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, kindle
Jon's father vanishes right before him and Jon is determined to find him. With a dragon ring he names Ophelia and an arm cuff to help him on his mission, Jon sets off to locate his father and find out exactly why his father left unexpectantly. Entering another dimension, Jon brings along his friends as they meet up with some creatures they have only read or dreamt about. Dragons, wizards, and magical feats are what awaits for you on Yden. They are met with the good and the bad on Yden as they le ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Tien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic and Mystery collided right from the first sentence. This book promises an adventure and what an adventure it was!

The book opens with Jon Hansen trying to explain what he saw / heard to a policeman of his father’s disappearance. His story though was just too unbelievable to the police. When he drew what he saw… it became utterly too much for the police.

The news of his father’s disappearance spread pretty quickly and Jon had to face all the kids at school calling him all sorts of names. Wher
Adaraschia Wingit
Oct 22, 2010 Adaraschia Wingit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-won
Rating: 5/5

Reason: … This book is so well written and the characters are genius! S.G. Rogers did such a fantastic job of this story. And lucky me that I am, I actually won my own copy on GoodReads, thank goodness!! No waiting to read it! Well…. maybe a little bit, but not that long because the postal system is simply outstanding in their delivery times – I have nothing but good things to say about those folks, too! I so love the characters, the world, and how much of a genius S.G. Rogers is to t
Sep 08, 2012 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is really a fantastic book! The dogged persistence from a friend who insisted I had to read this novel, I kind of had my doubts because it seemed to me this was going to be another Harry Potter-like book, which I really wasn’t in the mood for. I reluctantly started reading it, and soon found myself lost in a gorgeous new world full of magic, wondrous beings and breathtaking landscapes.

I have to admit that early on in the book I was already smitten with the characters and deeply entangled in
Mar 08, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His 16th birthday had been the most horrible day of Jon Hansen's life, but things were about to get worse.

The ring - His father vanished when he went to retrieve the ring for Jon's birthday. When Jon puts the ring on, he notices that it is more than a simple ring!

The cuff - He found in his father's things after his father vanished.

The ring/cuff combo - transports Jon into an unfamiliar world. Jon and his younger sister, Sela, didn't know that all the fantasy stories their father told them about
Barbara Rauch
Jun 21, 2013 Barbara Rauch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE LAST GREAT WIZARD OF YDEN grabs you with the very first sentence and doesn't let go ! The main character, Jon, is really believable as an imaginative and artistic teenager who has a close relationship with his family, including his younger sister and his JAG Corps uncle. Running through the story is every boy's eagerness to get his driver's license, to drive his uncle's jeep and to have friends at school. When Jon's dad disappears in a flash of light on Jon's 16th birthday, he becomes the un ...more
Jul 03, 2012 January rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Jon Hansen's sixteenth birthday, his father mysteriously disappears, but no one believes Jon's claim to have seen someone kidnap him. In fact, a media leak makes Jon into a laughingstock at his school, drawing the wrath of the school bully.

When the family heirloom he received on his birthday turns out to have magical powers, Jon soon finds himself the target of a wizard's greed for absolute power. Jon, along with a handful of friends and one bully, transport to an alternate dimension and unde
Mar 10, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On his sixteenth birthday, Jon finds out a family secret when his father is kidnapped or rather disappears before his eyes. His father leaves behind a magical dragon ring that unlocks a world in another dimension. However, when Jon uses this ring, it draws the attention of an evil wizard bent on eliminating all wizards and ruling Yden. The wizard transports to Earth and kidnaps one of Jon’s friends. Jon, a few of his classmates, and a warrior princess, who knows how to brandish a sword, set out ...more
Lorijo Metz
Apr 12, 2012 Lorijo Metz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who do I think would like this book?: While reading The Last Great Wizard of Yden, I imagined myself as a middle schooler or young High School student. Back then I was reading books like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. While I wouldn’t put the The Last Great Wizard of Yden on the same level, I know I would have enjoyed reading it very much and been anxious to read further adventures in the series. It’s a great read for boys or girls. That said, even as an adult I enj ...more
Sep 10, 2010 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Entertaining tale of Jon who prepares to celebrate his 16th birthday as an ordinary teen when he is swept into an unbelievable adventure. Jon's father mysteriously disappears from his home office and slowly clues emerge that awaken Jon to the legacy that is his while he deals with the typical teen angst over making new friends, dealing with bullies, passing his driver's test, oh, and rescuing his father from an alternate universe. Nice combination of normal teen interactions on Yrth juxtaposed w ...more
Bill Tillman
I just want to cry. I got so bored by this book that I could not finish it.
Arley Cole
Oct 23, 2011 Arley Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great YA fantasy! I highly enjoyed it and found the characters to be very believable and the magical system is really well constructed and interesting. The parts that take place at home really ground the characters and the story---especially Jon's family. Then when it all moves to the incredible world of Yden, we are right on board! Love the strong female characters in particular. I can't wait to read more--gotta know what little sister Sela is capable of as well! Highly recommend for ...more
Danielle Williams
When I started reading The Last Great Wizard of Yden I was instantly transported into the life of Jon Hansen. On his 16th birthday his father vanished before his eyes like in a magic show. With his world turned upside down Jon begins his search into his fathers mysterious past. With the help of his sister and his friends Jon finds out his father is from a different world where magic is real. I really enjoyed following Jon on his journey of discovery and look forward to reading more books from th ...more
Meg Mims
Feb 17, 2012 Meg Mims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone from tweens to adults will enjoy this "coming of age" adventure infused with magic, wizards, creatures and a hero who finds himself in a mysterious alternative reality. When Jon Hansen's father mysteriously disappears, he must figure out how and why -- with the help of an heirloom ring, cuff and some loyal friends. Ms. Rogers' imagination gives all the elements a freshness, especially in Jon's talent for drawing, and provides some great twists in the story. A definite *MUST* for any YA re ...more
May 01, 2013 Juli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How can Jon possibly save his father, when he doesn’t have the first clue what to do with his burgeoning powers? You’ll have to read to find out.

Though marketed toward teenaged YA reading audiences, S.G. Rogers’ The Last Great Wizard of Yden is delightful little novel with a mixture of high, urban fantasy, and YA fantasy elements that I think any fan of the genres will enjoy. I know I did! In fact, I really enjoyed it and can’t say that enough (I really, really, really liked it!)
Aug 28, 2010 AntKathy rated it it was amazing
Aimed at the young adult audience, "Jon Hansen and the Dragon Clan of Yden" is a wonderful story about four teens and their adventures in the magical world of Yden. Both young adults and adults will enjoy this fantasy, involving the search for Jon's father, the discovery of Jon's magical powers and the exploration of the land of Yden. Those I know who have read "Jon Hansen and the Dragon Clan of Yden", say it is unlike any other book or genre they have read before. Well worth exploring!
Jun 24, 2012 Ricki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, bookclub
This was a fun, fast-paced epic fantasy for young adults. It is very nice to see a true YA epic fantasy as dark and paranormal fantasies seem to be all the rage now. Rogers's writing draws the reader in immediately, and her world-building is excellent. The characters were rather stereotypical, but that is what made them so fun and endearing. I am glad this is only the first in a planned trilogy and I want to know more about the world of Yden.
Sep 11, 2010 Kristie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
I got this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and it was a really fun book! It was full of adventure, action, and magic, and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I really liked all the characters and thought the author did a great job on the dynamics between them all. Hope that a sequel (or perhaps a prequel that tells Jon's dad's story) is written and I'll be recommending this book to my fantasy-loving friends.
Jun 27, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. Definitely worthy of a series. It started out a bit slow as Jon was discovering the true nature of his heritage, but picked up speed as it went on. Realizing the bedtime stories his father told him as a child were true, Jon was thrust into an amazing adventure filled with evil wizards, dragons, imps and nymphs. If you loved Harry Potter, you'll definitely want to check out this great story!
Jun 15, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon's dad disappeared on his 16th birthday when he went into his office to retrieve a ring to give Jon. Jon's in for an adventure as he tries to figure out what happened to his dad. He and his friends discover a world of magic, wizards and dragons and Jon finds out the truth about himself and his father. This is a fun YA fantasy which is great for children and adults!
Victoria Simcox
Aug 31, 2015 Victoria Simcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most recent prize to the Wolf Clan wizard’s grisly throng is not what Jon would like to be turned into. The enchanted domain holds one of the wickedest sorcerers, and he is after Jon and his friends. Are they able to overthrow him? Along with his comrades, Jon is hoping to defeat the wizard. He has already come across a commander of war, cyclopes, and more, on his expedition to Yden. These were all seeking his demise. His exploration proved successful when he discovered enchanted relics―the ...more
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