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The Storm Dragon's Heart (Storm Phase #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  252 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can't help but fall for, and a bat-winged daemon that doubles as a diary embark on a journey of self-discovery in a world teeming with monsters and magic. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Avatar: the Last Airbender, this enchanting Asian-inspired fantasy series delivers fast-paced adve
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Typing Cat Press (first published August 1st 2011)
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Turesobei isn't an ordinary teenager. While other boys in his clan have time to themselves, he trains constantly as the High Wizard's (his grandfather's) apprentice. To top it off, his father is always away on business, and he's engaged to a girl he hardly knows.

When his father takes him on a mysterious quest, Turesobei finally starts to find meaning in his life. For the first time, he can use his magical skills to protect others. His lessons with his grandfather weren't a waste of time after al
Kitty Honeycutt
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Title: "The Storm Dragon's Heart"
Author: David Alastair Hayden
Published By: Typing Cat Press
Age Recommended: 10 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: A young wizard's apprentice Turesobei is bored with learning the ways of magic, tired of the lessons his elder is trying to teach him and wishes for high adventure. When he ends up getting his wish however, he realizes that sometimes it's far better to be happy with what you have than what you have no idea about.

I greatly enjoyed t
Dawn Vallack
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another book by David A Hayden that I couldn't put down. It gripped me from the start and truly made me resent intrusions from the real work like having to eat and sleep that took me away from reading it. Bravo!
Jason Woodham
Whenever I open a fantasy novel, I do so in the hopes of being taken to another world. This book did not disappoint as the lands of Ekaran came to life in an enjoyable romp through a unique and vivid world full of its own culture and creatures. Hayden’s imagination gives depth to young Turesobei and his companions as they battle their way through treacherous lands and deadly adversaries in search of an ancient and powerful artifact. To put it plainly...

All fans of fantasy novels should definitel
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the description of the book I felt it would be a rehash of other young adult books, but was pleased that it is not. I give the book a 4 rating as it was entertaining and moved along. The downside is that it seems that it could have been edited better in cleaning up and tightening the story. The book is meant for ages 10 and up and I feel that a glossary is needed for the who/what/where of the book as characters and places get confusing.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was clearly taken away from the beginning. It was an easy book to read, fast-paced, and filled with unforgettable characters. I couldn't stop reading until I was done. This book is filled with magic, sorcery, action, and romance. I enjoyed reading every bit of this book and so will anyone who wish to read this book.
Pepper Thorn
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awkward teen-age wizard on the biggest adventure of his life. A quest through a deep, exotic jungles for a powerful magical artifact. A insanely jelous rival and a ninja cat-girl. Honestly, who could ask for more?
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!! Amazing book, could not put the book down and then when I had to, just could not get it off my mind and wanted to run back to it. !! Looking forward to getting my hands on other books by this author!
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
In full disclosure I received a free eBook edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.

One of the great things about this fantasy book is that it is based on an Eastern/Japanese culture. This makes it much more original then many other fantasy novels.

In the first quarter to third of the book there is not much action, but a lot of world building and character introduction. Personally I didn’t find this a problem as it was very interesting, especially considering the originality of much
R.A. White
I'm not sure what drew me to pick up this book in the first place, but I decided to read it because I'd never read a fantasy with an Asian feel. When I say Asian I don't mean that it's set in Asia or even that it's based on Asian mythology, only that it's based on ancient Asia the way most fantasy is based on a Renaissance culture--very loosely and with great liberties taken. Over-all I enjoyed the book and its original (to me) mood.

Turesobei is a young wizard in training, and one of the things
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
I read this as an e-book that the author was kind enough to send me for free. It was my first e-book I have ever read, and I'm glad it was the first.

The story revolves around a young man named Turosobei, who is training to become the High Wizard of his clan, the Chonda. He ends up going on what is supposed to be a mission to help his father, but finds his magic skills tested to their limits in what was supposed to be a quiet trip to give him some life experience and see more of the surrounding l
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
Turesobei is a 14 year old high wizard apprentice. He is tired of his set training schedule and the lack of freedom being the next High Wizard affords him. He is promised to marry a girl who seems to hate him and is generally unhappy with his current lot in life.

Turesobei dreams of adventures of his own. A mysterious book, enchanted with an unusual being finds its way into Turesobei’s possession.

Noboro, Turesobei father, returns home with visions of finding a great and ancient evil, The Storm
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviews
The Storm Dragon's Heart tells the story of Turesobei, a young man who is being forced into a life he isn't sure about. With his family and his level of talent he is destined to be the next high wizard for his clan, but the constant studying of the magic as well as all of his other obligations are making him question his fate.

The story is a pretty good one, especially for young adults, with a lot of action and some very good characters. Sobei could be a spoiled whiny brat from living his life o
Joe Kendall
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. I don't read many books with Asian backgrounds so it took a little bit to get use to it. But the magic/wizard theory worked very well and the main characters were very likable. It was an easy read, but I was hoping for that in this book. Sobei's progression through the story from young, stubborn, arrogant kid to young adult was very smooth and believable. All the characters grew throughout the story well. The final battle sequence was very good and Sobei's survival was n ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turesobei is the High Wizard-in-waiting for the Chondra tribe, but he dreams of dropping his boring lessons and going on adventures with his father. Then he is given his chance: his father takes him on a quest to retrieve an ancient and powerful artifact that is also being sought by a dangerous cult. Turesobei must learn to be an independent wizard and to trust his companions on this dangerous mission. The Storm Dragon's Heart is a good-old classic high fantasy for children. It was cute and fun, ...more
I won this book from the goodreads giveaways program. Sassy Ninja Cat-Girl? Yes, please ^_^ Decent story and definitely a fast read. I'm sure the chapters are so short since it is intended for age 10+, but it was a little weird having 54 chapters in 233 pages... I feel like this story left a lot of unanswered questions that implies a sequel. Lu Bei was an adorable, unique addition to the story that I wish had more significance, perhaps in the next book? The ending was a little disappointing, tho ...more
Joan Johnson
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

This book contains a different story line and setting than I have read before. Most fantasies are based on Great Britain/European history or folklore. Hayden based his book on Far Eastern/Japanese folklore/history/cultural mores. I recommend this book! I plan to buy and read the full series.
Andrew Rose
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great new YA Series

In the tradition of The Lightning Thief, only with a more Asian flavor, The Storm Dragon's Heart is a story about courage and strength. A good fun read that can be enjoyed by younger readers and Adults alike. If you like Harry Potter try this book.
Scott Baynard
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one best books I have read in a long time. It has the right amount of humor, action, and adventure you could want in a novel. I highly recommend this book!
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good but not full version only got hold of chapters 1 - 31
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an amazing book. I read it on Wattpad and loved it.
Maree Berends
I expected more from this book than I got. There are numerous errors throughout the book that are quite distracting to the actual plot and character developments. expression and punctuation are poor and left me feeling unsure of what the author was trying to say. I think two stars is generous for something that is a year 7 standard more likened to a school essay for a first time literature venture.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for free by joining the author's mailing list, and I have to say it's a pretty fun fantasy adventure novel. It's a solid popcorn read, and I'm certainly considering picking up more books in the series to see where the adventures of these characters leads.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely Done!

Starts off a tad slowly, but gains ground, turning into a very nice and thoughtful story with an unforced ending. The characters are solid and entertaining for young or old, and both they and the story grow in unexpected ways. A good read, and recommended.
Diesel Quijano
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
splendid!... awesome action and adventure.
John Weeden
Usually when a book in this genre caters a younger audience, it is a chore to go on. But this was a pleasant surprise.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: furry, favorites
Amazing nook, defiantly one of my favorites.
Stuart Stevenson
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David Alastair Hayden scribbles and podcasts tales of fantasy adventure for young and adult readers. He lives in Alabama, along with his delightful wife and three lovely cats.

David studied history, literature, and religion at the University of Alabama. He practices Yang Taijiquan, and he enjoys playing and designing roleplaying games.

David is also an avid collector of vintage manual typewriters,
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