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The Legend of Finndragon's Curse (Tales of Finndragon #1)

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Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.

A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.

An ancient legend beneath our very feet.

The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns
ebook, 2nd, 272 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by Richard Phillips)
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Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
3 1/2 stars....

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is a great young adult fantasy book. While relying on three teenage and prepubescent children to save their father, the author doesn't give the children any extra-ordinary skills or paranormal abilities. I always dislike when the authors give the main characters such incredible skill-sets that makes the story absolutely unrealistic. The author stayed within the boundaries of normal c
Katie Emma
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this book a 5 because 1- my dad wrote it, and 2- one of the main characters is based on me. After I read this book I actually believed that Finndragon was real and I thought that the legend was true until my dad told me that it was completly a fragment of his imagination. It's worth the read and it's an emotional rollacoster. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Read this book and get lost in the plot of Finndragon's curse.

Three children set off on a magical journey to
Julie Powell
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book by the author for an honest review.

This story is a curious mixture of fantasy and reality, myth and history, where the children of a missing father search for him within the realms of 'another world'.

It tackles themes such as family, love, friendship and the thirst for power and revenge, mostly seen by the children's point of view, particularly Emma.

Both the 'real' and 'fantasy' characters are believable and together there is an intriguing bond.

I don't give spoilers, but I w
I had a tough call rating this book. I had a 3.5 in mind the whole way through, but by the time I had read the last 3 chapters they gave the book a boost for the final half of that elusive star.

So, first off can I say thank you Richie. I was given this book in return for my honest opinion and an honest opinion is what i will provide!

The story started well, the author jumped strait in with the nitty gritty, introducing the main three charaters of the tale – Emma, Megan and Scott. However, probabl
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Legend of Finndragon's Curse (Richie Earl)

Three Children set out to find their missing father. He has been gone for almost a year. Since as far back as they can remember they have been told of the Legend of Finndragon and his curse. They have always been fascinated by this tale, as a matter of fact every night before bed the would retell it, even after their fathers disappearance.

While they set on their journey, they encounter wizards, demons and magical animals, and make some friends
★★★★The Legend of Finndragon's Curse (Tales of Finndragon, #1)
by Richie Earl

I was given this book to review. I was intrigued. This a great YA, that kept me and my daughter wanting more. I found myself not wanting to put it down, just because I had to know. I am excited to see pt 2, to see how everything turns out. I like the new cover, as well. Thanks for sharing, your creativity with me.
Something that did bother me, however was the lack of punctuation. A few points in the beginning, I couldn'
Scott-robert Shenkman
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is just a fun novel, taking place in a fantastical world quite different from anything we know. The kids are great protagonists, with a lot of witty English dialogue. The writing itself is just beautiful. I eagerly passed this on to my 17-year old son to read.

Note: I ama beta reader for the second book in the series, but i actually applied for the "position" since I enjoyed this book so much.
Christy Allen
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Notice: I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Once in a while you open an adventure book and find yourself fastening your imaginary seatbelt to keep up with the action. The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse held several of these moments for me. At times I could almost feel a roller coaster-like tug, thwarting me toward one twisty wild turn after another. Author Richie Earl is a natural storyteller with dazzling ability to paint a scene and create a comp
William Stuart
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every now and again, I find a book that just enthralls me. Such was the case with Richie Earl’s The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse! It was a fun, imaginative, and adventurous novel that I couldn’t put down.

The story builds around three siblings who find a clue to their missing father’s whereabouts in his backpack. They follow the clue and discover the entrance to the fantastic underground world where Finndragon’s Curse has kept a kingdom hostage and unchanging for 1500 years. The siblings, Emma, M
Erfa Tahir
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

The Legend Of Finndragon's Curse was undoubtedly a very enjoyable read. It centers around three kids on the hunt for their missing father. What follows is an epic adventure to a demonic land, an adventure well narrated by the author. The plot is a unique one, and what instantly grabbed my attention was that though the author has weaved a fantastical world filled with wizards and magical creatures, he avoided turning t
Forever YA Fiction
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Richie Earl does a wonderful job waking up your imagination and bringing you into this magical journey. The story revolves around three children who are looking for their missing father. Their adventure takes them on to an evil land where they encounter wizards, magical animals and demons. Each of them described perfectly. Our favorite element of this book is that the three main characters were ordinary children. None of them had superpowers or some hidden magical talent. It made it easier to re ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This author is full of surprises. I quite like the way he combines modern times with knights in armor. If I could choose any time space in history, medieval history would be my favorite. ( that and the romans and Greeks … but anyway I’m getting off track) This story is ment for young adults but like it says in the description, anyone can read it and find it still entertaining.
The only thing that I didn't quite like ( but it doesn't bother me that much) is that the siblings keep calling each oth
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is a book that will transport you to a different time and place, namely to the medieval period in Wales .... and then down IN the earth. It's a fantastic story, very well written and full of storytelling legends. It ends quite quickly which comes as a shock but does leave it open for a follow up - which I'm hoping won't be too long in the making. The characters are very good, albeit young, but that is part of the charm of this book.

In this book you will find modern Wales with a mum and her
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

It is a tale full of fantasy and magic and I didn't want to put it down.

The plot explores the lives of 3 siblings as they enter a magical world in order to find their missing father. The children are whisked away from they're normal, modern life, living in the Welsh countryside and have to come to terms with being transported into a Kingdom that appears in stories that have been told for generations. The children encounter demons, powerful wizards, lots of danger, death and lo
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was younger I loved the stories from Enid Blyton, my favourites were the Magical Faraway Tree and the Famous Five adventures. Even today I’ll quite happily pick up a copy of one them to flick through. The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse has many of the same qualities as those books; it’s a gripping adventure which would be ideal for younger but accomplished reader. The characters were all believable and the scrapes they found themselves in, although not of this world, had the ability to capt ...more
Dominic King
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Legend of Finndragon's Curse. There are echoes of Narnia here, the Famous Five and the Faraway Tree. Mixing modern and medieval worlds can be tricky but I think Earl does it very well. The setting within the earth is haunting but visually very appealing. Solid plot, good mix of characters and some nice twists in there too.

The only downside is the length; think the quest (and the return) could be shortened significantly as not much really happens.

3.5* book for me, rounded up becaus
Billi Tiner
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a fantasy adventure centered around three children who must travel to a cursed land in order to save their father. The author, Richie Earl, spins a tale that combines both the modern world and a world 1500 years in the past. The characters are very likeable and believable. I thought that the animal’s ability to communicate with humans added an interesting twist to the story. However, there were several plot advances that were a little too basic for older reade ...more
Nicola Parkinson
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
To say this is Richie Earl’s first book WOW!!This story has more twists and turns than I know what to do with! Its fast paced, exciting and leaves you wanting more (but that’s for book 2  )The description of locations, people and demons were very detailed and I never struggled with picturing the scene. My favourite character has to be Bones the dog, why? Well you will have to read The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse to find out!
Laura Smith
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy a bit of modern life mixed up with medieval wizardry and fantasy then this is the book for you! i thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book and I loved the whole story line. The book is very descriptive which very much sets the scene for you to be able to understand and follow the characters. A must read for everyone :-)
Sally Orchard
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
loved this book .Found I could not put it down . The plot kept you turning every page . you had to read to find out what was going to happen next .
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks to the author, I received this book for free in return for a review.

The legend of Finndragon's curse is the first book in Tales of Finndragon series and is a fantasy book ideal for kids in the age group of 9-14 years.

The plot of the book is good but, I felt that the book could have been much better. The writing style of the author is simple. He narrates the story in a very simple language without using any complicated words. This is fine for kids but, I don't think older readers will fin
Rabid Readers Reviews
The first 20% of this novel was weighed down with the need to fit the most information possible into every sentence. Don’t tell us what Megan is like, show us in the story. I’m not a young reader but I think children would have the capacity to hang on as a story develops and their mental picture of the characters and what those characters are good at will develop with the story-line. Show us that Megan is good at Maths. The story, as it progresses gets less wordy and more repetitive. Actions are ...more
Raelyn Falkin
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The witing syle was not one that I am overly fond of. There was nothing fundamentally wrong with it but it was a bit too simple for my tastes. There were a coupleof times when it felt a bit repetative, especiall during diaogue, but I’m marking that up to the fact that this is a young adult novel.

The characters were fun at times but sometimes they felt too similar. I also wished their individual personalities were more flushed out. The romance seemed a bit pushed and not all together necessary, b
Georgiann Hennelly
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great fantasy read. Three Children set out to find there Father who has been missing for about a year. Since as long as they can remember they have been told of the legend of Finndragon and his curse. When they set out on their journey they encounter Magical animals, wizards, and demons, they even make some friends. Even though faced with great danger , they won't stop till they find their Father time is running out. Soon it will be the last full moon before the year is up and time runs out. A ...more
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Richie Earl is the previously self-published author of the fantasy adventure series, Tales of Finndragon, which originally consisted of two books: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse and Return to Finndragon's Den. Earl is currently rewriting the series as an upper middle-grade trilogy.
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Tales of Finndragon (2 books)
  • Return to Finndragon's Den (Tales of Finndragon, #2)
“Any fool would not be brave
Who takes no heed of this verse
No heroic deed or action save
Any man from Finndragon’s curse”
“The wicked old wizard must be slain to break the curse and set the people free.” 0 likes
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