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Dragon Defender

(Dragon Defense League #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Pip & Grey (first published October 3rd 2013)
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Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dragons, lots of action and the promise of more adventures to come! I read this out loud to my kids and we were all hooked after the first couple chapters. We are looking forward to more in the series. Perfect for the 6-12 year old crowd and their parents.
Nikki Bennett
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fantasy
From start to finish, I greatly enjoyed reading Dragon Defender. It's hard to come up with a new spin on the dragon story, but J.A. Blackburn manages it. To be honest, the dragons are almost periphery to the adventure story of the three main characters, and in a way, this makes the story even more appealing, because the story is mainly character driven.

I pretty much read this one start to finish without wanting to stop, and I think most kids will do the same. The characters are believable: Peter
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-j, j-fantasy
Just as Peter Clark turns twelve, an unknown uncle named Dominick appears to tell him the family secret that Peter’s grandmother prefers to ignore. The Clark family are members of the Dragon Defense League. The mission of the Dragon Defense League is to protect dragons from the Knights of the White Rose, who hunt dragons for sport and cash. It seems there is a profitable black market in dragon blood and other parts. Peter’s mother was a Dragon Defender who disappeared on a mission while Peter wa ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Our hero, Peter Clark, has lived a rather uneventful life with his maternal grandmother in Pecos, New Mexico since the day his mother dropped him off when he was five. Peter is fair skinned, small for his age, introverted and likes building mechanized robots. Peter's life changes abruptly after Uncle Dominick's visit on Peter's twelfth birthday. Dominick gives Peter a letter from his mother, who Peter hasn't seen in seven years, which sheds light on Peter's Mother, Peter's Family Heritage, and P ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Peter Clark is not really an adventurous sort---unless you count building robots. But when an uncle he didn't know about shows up on his twelfth birthday, he learns his mother's disappearance is connected to an unexpected legacy with dragons. Now he's running around South America looking for a dragon egg . . .

This was pretty good, although it relied a little too heavily on circumstances being favorable for my tastes. Peter might be an approachable lead, but he doesn't have a whole lot of skills
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author J. A. Blackburn wastes no time setting up the intrigue in the story when, late at night during the biggest storm of the year, there is an urgent knocking on the door. Twelve-year-old Peter, a young inventor, opens the door to discover an uncle (Dominick) that he never knew he had. Further family secrets are revealed and Peter is shocked to discover that he is the last in a long line of “Dragon Defenders”.

In hiding for thousands of years, dragons are still hunted for their magical properti
Pop Bop
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Stands Out From the Crowd

On first blush this book's premise seems neither unique nor promising. Our hero, Peter, is an orphan being raised by his grandmother. Dad was killed in a climbing accident. One day, when Peter was very young, Mom just dropped him with Grandma and disappeared. Peter lives a quiet, lonely and slightly nerdy life. Then, on his twelfth birthday, Mom' brother, Uncle Dominick, until then never known to Peter, arrives, on a dark and stormy night no less, to tell Peter that he i
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peter lives with his grandmother ever since his mother dropped him off and never came back. One night, during a thunderstorm, his Uncle Dominick shows up. He's only heard about Dominick before so he's surprised when his uncle gives him a letter from his mother and a necklace. The letter hints at secrets, danger and training but Dominick takes off when his mother shows up because she won't approve of him being there. Peter tracks Dominick down and he starts to explain but has to leave so tells Pe ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids ages 10-14 years old who like adventure or dragons
Recommended to Kelly by: found and requested it on Netgalley
Shelves: netgalley
Dragon Defenderby JA Blackburn tells the story of Peter and his family's legacy to protect dragons. See dragons are real but in hiding. Peter's family has been protecting them against people who want to kill them and sell their parts for lots of money. People want dragon parts because they are magical.

When Peter was 5 years old, his mom left him with his grandmother. His mom never returned. On Peter's 12th birthday, his uncle Dominick shows up with a letter from Peter's mom. Dominick tells Pete
...more leonardo
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

“Are you the One” that folks is without a doubt the most important line in the entire book and most likely the basis for the sequels to come.
Dragon Defender introduces us to the secret society of the DDL. The DDL? Gotta read the book to find that out.This book is an adventure that keeps building till the end. Quite honestly I thought it started a little slow but gets going fairly quickly.The depth of the characters is not quite what I like but it’s written with the young rea
Jemima Pett
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peter Clark is not such an ordinary boy, since he’s quite a loner with exceptional computing skills, but then it’s not surprising he’s become introvert after being abandoned by his mother and brought up by his grandmother. The story starts in a beautifully described storm, where Peter is scared to open the door to let a stranger in (quite rightly), but then realises it’s his uncle.

Despite his grandmother’s opposition, Peter joins his uncle on an expedition to Mexico, having learned a lot more ab
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Received the ebook as part of a blog tour for an honest review

The cover is fun and totally attracts the dragon lovers who are looking for a fun adventure.

This is the first book in the series, and the book started a little slow but didn’t last long. I read this book straight through without stopping. Only problem now is I want more, and I have to wait.

This book is a fantastic adventure. Can you imagine being a twelve year old kid and finding out
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Peter lives a pretty quite life, keeping mostly to himself working on his robots, but when his long lost uncle appears and reveals the family's secret his life is turned upside down. Now, Peter finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime. He must rescue a dragon egg and protect the mother from vicious Knights who want to kill them to steal their magical healing powers. As Peter's Uncle Dominick lowers him into the cavern to get the egg, Peter hears voices and a gun shot. He quickly gathers the ...more
Ashley E
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started this book while I was waiting for something to load on my ereader, and quickly discovered that I couldn't put it down. It's a good thing I didn't have anything important to do this morning, because I couldn't seem to stop reading. Dragon Defender starts off with the mystery of Peter's family when his Uncle Dominick shows up in the middle of a storm. From there it's a wild ride through the jungles of Mexico as Peter, along with some unexpected allies, work to protect a treasure most of ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
My 8 year old picked this book to read while we were browsing recommendations on goodreads. He read the paperback I purchased from Amazon on his own and really enjoyed it.

There is an ad for a sequel after the last page (even gives the year it will be published), but it appears we will never be able to read it. The author’s web page is down and the publisher does not appear to have a web presence either. It was tough to break it to him and he even wondered if someone had typed in the wrong year.
Mary Kyle
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not the best book but not terrible. I read an ARC copy that needed some serious editing but otherwise not too terrible.

Peter is a 12 year old loner and can't make friends at school. He can pick a lock in 2 minutes and build a robot from scratch but he has no friends. He also has little memory of his mother who disappeared when he was 5. I'm a bit surprised at that. His Uncle suddenly shows up on his 12th birthday with a loving letter from his mom and a necklace she left for him. He also has a s
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peter Clark, an introverted twelve-year-old gets a surprise of a lifetime when his unknown uncle shows up out of nowhere with a mysterious necklace and a letter from his mother, a mother who disappeared after dropping Peter off at his grandmother's house when he was a baby. Peter learns that the twelfth year marks the Coming of Age in his family; the age when one begins their training to become a Dragon Defender, a member of a hidden world where dragons are hunted by the evil Knights of the Whit ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, action packed adventure story for middle grade or junior high readers. It starts out with the standard setup of a lonely main character coming of age and realizing his destiny in connection to a missing parent and magical creatures. Yet, the story also stays grounded in a mostly believable modern day world. Peter's journey leads to a dangerous situation that forces him to prove himself and then team up with unlikely friends (in this case, a fun combination of privileged rich girl ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book moves at a quick pace. The action and adventure are present through most of the story. It is a great book for kids who need to have something always going on to keep their attention.

Peter is living with his grandmother because his mother disappeared several years prior. He is a smart boy who is good at figuring out how to make things work. He keeps to himself and enjoys his time working on his robot.

His Uncle shows up when he turns 12. He finds that he is part of a family whose history
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recieved a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this novel, it was different and a nice quick easy read. I never felt confused and I liked the characters. The story progressed nicely and was easy to follow.

I love the idea that there is more to the story than anyone yet knows, not even the dragon defenders know all it it. Much more to discover in the next one.

Peter was a great main character, we learned with him, which I always love, he was adventurous
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Grade and fantasy readers
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. If you have a Middle Grade reader that like fantasy, dragons or adventures, this is a good series to start. Either way, unless you just don’t read books targeted at younger readers, I think fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy Dragon Defender.

A note about how I discovered this book since it didn’t come up in my recommendations. I saw J.A. Blackburn speak on a panel in Seattle (at the Central Library), where she talked about lesson
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Dragon Defender is a fun book for children. It has action, adventure, and best of all, dragons.

Peter, the main character, thinks he's a normal, although introverted, 12 year old. He turns out to be anything but normal. Not only does he come from a long line of Dragon Defenders, but he's resourceful and is able to face any obstacles he has to face. He also easily makes a couple friends along the way.

I enjoyed reading about Peter's adventure
Bill Tillman
Cool cover? You bet, it features three new friends Peter, Xana and Mario; oh and Ix-Tub-Tun in the background. 11 and 12 year-old rock! This is a quick read, but one that will hook young reader or non-readers alike.

Its just about your 12th birthday and a big bearded man shows up at 11 P.M. who is your long lost Uncle who you have not seen since you were a baby!

Not weird enough? Try Uncle being a Dragon Defender and wisking you off to deep Mexico to get a dragon egg. Throw in a bunch of bad guys

Are you behind on your reading challenge?

Need a short but insanely exciting book filled with dragons, a missing parent and a young boy who finds himself in the midst of a family tradition he had no idea about?

If you answered yes, then Dragon Defender is exactly what you are looking for! You will be done in an hour and left craving for the NEXT book like the rest of us.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Clearing out these YA novels I've picked up for free...

This one was okay, the premise is a group of people that through the ages have defended dragons against those fame-seeking knights. In our modern times, when dragons are threatened with extinction, a young boy is drawn into this group by his uncle on a trip to save a dragon's egg from a group of knights (i.e., bounty hunters). In cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger.

Like I said, it was alright, but not enough to make me want to read more.
Excalibur Snape
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great middle grade book.
It's fast pace and entertaining.
Love the writing style and subject.
Dragons, Dragons, Dragons
With a little bit of mystery.
The friendship between the characters is amazing.
I can't wait to read the next book in the serise.
I love the writer and would like to read more by this author.
Cheryl Carpinello
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received Dragon Defender, started reading, and never stopped! I loved this book. The story grabbed me right from the beginning. What a fabulous destiny: To guard a dragon! I give this 5 stars (*****).
Kay LaLone
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peter is swept into a world of dragons, an animal he never thought existed. On his adventure he meets some friends. Great characters, vivid descriptions makes this story come to life. I look forward to more adventure with Peter and his friends.
Ariana Baxter
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story has all the elements I love – fantasy hidden in our world, a family legacy, and a coming-of-age story. And dragons, to boot! I loved this story and can’t wait for my granddaughter to be old enough to share it with her.

ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dragon Defender was a fast-paced adventure.
Full review coming.
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“We spend just as much time—more even—studying dragons, learning their habits, cataloging what they eat, mapping where they go. See, the Earth is changing around us at a crazy pace. Forests are disappearing, ice caps are melting, the climate is shifting. There are people working to protect other species—the polar bears and wolves, turtles, gorillas. But who’s looking out for dragons?” Dominick’s voice was low and urgent. “We are the only people in the world who know about them. If we’re going to do a good job protecting them, we sure as heck better understand them.” 1 likes
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