The first book in an epic new series for fans of The School for Good and Evil and The Land of Stories.
All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of slaying a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons.
Or so he thinks. The longer Caden spen...more
It's really irritating that some books receive huge amounts of publicity and aren't really that good, while well-crafted books like this don't even make my radar unless the author contacts me personally!
Caden, whose elder brothers have all gone on quests, is sent abruptly on one by his father, King Axel of Razzon. When he finds a dragon terrorizing a village, he is prepared to slay it, but is caught up with Brynne, a spellcaster whom he knows slightly, and is catapulted in ...more
Well, this was a lot of fun! That's the reason I love reading middle grade novels. They're always so much fun and imaginative! Even more so than young adult. Is this one perfect? No, but it's still very, very good and I really, really enjoyed it.
Villain Keeper tells the story of Prince Caden. While on his long-awaited quest to slay a dragon, he is suddenly ripped away from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Ashville, North C ...more
And all the fantasy villains that also live there.
And a foster situation where no one will agree to call him "your highness."
Villain Keeper is a fun, charming, magical adventure story about a young prince, Caden, who just wants to finish his quest to slay a dragon and go home to his fantastical world of Razzon. But he’s stuck in Asheville, North Carolina, due to some mysterious dark magic, and finds himself in the middle of a swamp of banished evildoers who take the form of his school teachers and cafeteria work ...more
This book is the first in the series The Last Dragon Charmer. Since this is the first book in the series there is a certain amount of "setting the scene" that needs to occur, which is an ...more
A great adventure with fantastic characters! The action started immediately, the magic system was well developed, and the interactions between the real world and the fantasy world were believable and interesting. I loved it!
This was a fun story. Fast paced and imaginative. I can't wait to read the next installment!
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and all opin ...more
Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay follows the story of young prince Caden, the sorceress Brynne, and Caden’s powerful steed, Sir Horace, as they are pulled from the Kingdom of Razzon through a magical portal and land in modern-day Asheville, North Carolina. Caden and Brynne find themselves on a quest to locate a missing girl in addition to trying to find their own way back home. Villain Keeper is a middle-grade book and probably a good fit for elementary schoolers as well, so it’s ...more
This reminded me strongly of Dark Lord: The Early Years, except for that I never questioned Caden's sanity, like I did with Dirk, and also I enjoyed this one quite a bit more.
(view spoiler)[I legitimately liked Caden and Tito, as well as Rosa, my personal favorite, but found that Brynne was a bit annoying, also repeatedly mentioned as being gorgeous and also 12. It was weird.
I was a bit lost as to why the evil villains of Razzon are sent to North Carolina, let alone why they all work ...more
A young prince is set on a quest to kill dragon by his father the King in the middle of the night but it turns out more than he could imagine.
Prince Caden finds himself in a different world and not knowing how to return him. He is befriended by his foster brother in a place where neither magic nor dragons exist. But all is not right since the school he attends the teachers who has been banished in his world and one teacher who tried to kill his father and family.
I liked that the dragons that were slain were not truly beings of flesh - clearly they were meant not to be more than manifestations of forces, and therefore had no mind or feelings or real consciousness - and hence I could forgive this merciless hunt for them somewhat (I'm a big fan of the My Father's Dragon series).
The story was interesting, the characters were in-depth, and it kept me reading.
Of course, like basicall ...more