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In the Shadow of the Dragon King

(Chronicles of Fallhollow #1)

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Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors,
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Published May 31st 2016 by Month9Books
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I SUPPOSE I can’t love them all. Though, I was taken by surprise that I didn’t love In the Shadow of the Dragon King, by J. Keller Ford. The cover, synopsis, and genre were spot on—a trifecta of sorts. And, did I mention dragon? I thought (or hoped) I would be reading about a coming-of-age story where the deep bonds of camaraderie between Eric and David are forged, as they set out on an
J.N. Bedout
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Destinies collide in this enjoyable tale. Modern with fantasy. Commoner vs royal. Good dragons vs evil dragons. Fire vs ice. In many ways, the two protagonists, David and Eric, share similar traits. Both exude youth. Both unveil their secret pasts as the tale unwinds. The tale also reminded me of video games like World of Warcraft, which the book also mentions, though not by name, within its pages. Paladins were supposed to be large and strong, for example, not scrawny. An enjoyable, easy read.
Laurie Flynn
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was a teenager, I was full-on obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I had practically memorized the maps of Middle Earth and imagined how cool it would be to escape my life and go on a quest with the characters. (I also had a huge crush on Aragorn, but that’s beside the point…)

Anyway, reading Tolkien spurred my love of dragons and fantasy. I have massive amounts of respect for any writer who can create a fantasy world out of nothing and make it feel real, as real as the world in which we l
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the Shadow of the Dragon King skillfully weaves the tale of two very different boys with similar destinies. Eric lives in Fallhallow, an enchanted land riddled by war and destruction. David lives in the modern world until he and his friend Charlotte are called upon to travel to Fallhallow. David’s purpose is not immediately clear, but it’s obvious that everyone believes he's somehow tied into the conflict surrounding the dragon king. The complexity of the plot kept me turning pages, trying to ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

Overall I really enjoyed In the Shadow of the Dragon King (that's such a long title!). There is a nice mix of high fantasy and urban fantasy. The world building is rich with much details about the setting and the creatures. This book is told in two point of views, Eric, who is a squire and David who is loyal and determined. Even the secondary characters have life to them.

Eric and David must destroy the dragon in order
Adriana Mather
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This great adventure story is the first installment of a trilogy. It's an exciting read that will leave you breathless and wanting more!

A couple of modern-day teens are transported to an alternate world replete with magic, dragons, and a variety of other mythical beings. It turns out that one of them, David, has a purpose to fulfill. Thousands of lives depend on his ability to rapidly learn magic and win battles against powerful foes. Worse, the life of Charlotte, his closest friend from this wo
Jennifer Eaton
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 15 year old son reviews In the Shadow of the Dragon King.

I Wish I had a tape recorder on while he was reading over the past few weeks to catch all his comments along the way… Very refreshing as my picky reader has DNF’ed half the books I’ve given him lately.

Apparently, he’s very into knights and dragons … who knew?

This book is about a realm called Fallhollow in a parallel universe to earth where there is a dragon called Einar that attacks the good kingdom
Maghon Thomas

My mind is blown with how completely magnificent this book is! And I'm super grateful Ms J is making it a trilogy. And though the blurb is good it really doesn't do this book justice because there's just so much... MORE! So there's two major places this book takes place, our normal world, and Fallhollow. Davis lives here in our world but he is a lot more than just human. His parents sent him here to be safe from the threats at home. And then Eric is from Fallhollow. He's a knight's squire. He's
La La
3.5 on the blog.

This is a solid story. The fact that two of the main characters are from modern times makes this a perfect book for Contemporary YA lovers to test drive some Fantasy. I liked that there weren't too many battle scenes and people also used their brains to solve problems and not just swords. I also loved that the author added the way things smelled in general, not just the good aromas. Ha ha. So many writers forget how odors can round out a setting. She is also very skilled at descr
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, readers of books that present deep questions
While I did a spend a good portion of this book without a super-clear idea of what was going on, for once, that actually didn’t bother me too much. What I mean is, since the book was mostly in deep third POV, I only knew what the POV character, either Eric or David, knew and often, that wasn’t a lot. People spent a lot of time keeping these two in the dark, feeding them only the information they ABSOLUTELY NEEDED to know—and frankly, sometimes not even that much.

But even with that, even when I
Sheryl Winters
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper, favorites
I love this book! I just don't like it, I love it! I could go one for hours about how in-depth this book is. It was truly a deep fantasy ride filled with beautiful descriptions! I fell in love with David, was awed by Slavandria(Sp?) and Charlotte was my kind of heroine, Eric however, needed a good swift kick in the butt. There were dragons, intrigue, a man named Trog, missing royalty, a woman with light purple hair. A definite must read!
Claudia Maeiro
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Wasn't expecting a book like this. The connection between the actual world and the fantasy world, blew my mind. All the characters were really interesting and well developed, i must say a built a special fondness for Eric!!
Well done Mrs Ford, well done!!

Kameron Williams
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of fantasy, and it's always nice to become engrossed in a magical new world. This one didn't disappoint. I completely fell for Fallhollow.

The characters were three-dimensional and full of life, and the integration of two worlds was different from what I'm used to reading. There were twists to keep things exciting, and the description was just enough without the flowery, "purple prose" some authors resort to using--which can be poetic but often times unnecessary and distracting. I'm
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads:

I initially requested this ARC because I read the synopsis and thought it sounded a lot like Skyrim. I thought to myself, "Dragons, and someone called the Paladin? Sounds an awful lot like the Dragonborn...I'm in!" Since I've been burning through the game I thought it was a perfect book for me to read. And I have to say I did end up really enjoying this one!

What really hooked me in was the world building. From the first chapter we
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the lovely author. This has not altered my opinion on the book.

One look at this cover and I really couldn’t say no. This desire was only amplified after reading the summary on the back. With the dragon on the cover, it’s a sealed deal and it seemed like the ideal fantasy book and I was looking forward to a solid adventure. That is what I got, though not exactly in the way I anticipated.

To say I disliked this book would be highly inaccura
Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
Feb 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
DNF'd at 50%

When I read the synopsis for this book I was so excited to get my hands on this book! It sounded so exciting and like an epic adventure. Unfortunately this novel just fell completely flat for me. I really tried to like it. I got halfway through this book and I just had to put it down. I just couldn't go on any longer. I felt like there wasn't much world building. The conversations in the book were lengthy and unneeded at times. It felt like I was reading a conversation more than read
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

This is an okay fantasy adventure, it just didn’t engage me the way I hoped it would.

The two main characters are two teenage boys named Eric and David who are navigating the magical world of Fallhollow. Eric is a hot-headed squire desperate to prove himself and David is a confused high school student forced into Fallhollow by people claiming that he is a paladin with a destiny in their world. The book switches between thei
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I was given an advanced reader copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Shadow of the Dragon King holds an interesting idea. The world is in trouble and needs a hero. It's a rather common trope used in literature and movies. In fact, the archetypes read directly into the idea of the hero's journey. This debut novel follows David who's called to be a hero and save a world he's never seen or heard of. Sounds promising, right?

Mostly right. This book holds an interesting premise wi
Everly Frost
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the Shadow of the Dragon King is a wonderful mix of high fantasy and urban fantasy. It took me back to all the fantasy adventures I’ve loved: The Princess Bride, The Labyrinth, Willow, and The Lord of the Rings—all the books and movies that make the imagination soar and realms full of rich detail and magical creatures come to life.

The story is told from dual points of view: Eric is a squire who is inquisitive and brave and lives in the magical realm of Fallhollow, while David—equally brave an
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanking the author for this opportunity to read and review In the Shadow of the Dragon King.

I'll be honest and tell you, there wasn't much more on my mind than "Oh, a dragon? I'm in!" when I got my hands on this book. I had no idea where it would take me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't care! I just didn't expect how intense the connection with 'the here and now' & the parallel world of Fallhollow would be.

Chapters and worlds alternate each other. In Fallhollow we've got Eric, who's
Amber Ballard
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
In The Shadow Of The Dragon King By J. Keller Ford

Had Eric known what daylight would bring after the nightmares ended, he would have remained in bed, the covers pulled over his head. Instead, he waded through the puddles of the castle’s upper courtyard, each gong from the clock tower coiling his stomach into tighter knots. Sloshing beside him along the aisle of topiaries and statues was his best friend, a devilish lad with unkempt hair the color of dirt and a cockeyed grin.

I don't know why but
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty great. We have lots of mystery and hidden secrets and dragons, even sword fighting. What's not to like about this book? However it does have kind of two different stories that make you think one is in the past and one is present or future. But they do intertwine and basically come to together and make sense.
We first met Eric a young guy who is training to be a knight with Trog one of the best out there. But Eric is tired of just polishing boots and cleaning swords.
He gets int
Jan farnworth
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This a delightful story that weave the story of two boys who lives are intertwined even thought they are from to very different worlds. You got David from our world who has no knowledge of magic and then you got Eric who just wants to be noticed for those things he desperately feels he can do. The two will meet and those this book is very long for a first novel it does a great job of describing the landscape, the creatures you encounter and keeps you guessing right up to the end. A very well don ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book other then it is full of detail that lets you picture how it looks in you mind and its makes for a great escape. The characters were able to catch my interest and hold me and made me fall deeper and deeper into Fords wonderful world. I enjoyed this book so much that I told my kids about it and now they want to read it. And that says a lot cause they dont read like I
J.L. Willow
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the Shadow of the Dragon King is a gripping fantasy novel by J. Keller Ford. It follows two teens, Eric and David, as their lives connect and collide in ways they never imagined. They are forced to get over their differences and come together to protect those they love, or risk see their lives reduced to ash.

In addition to the thrilling plot, one of the most compelling parts of the story were the characters found within it. Ford is an expert in character development and the interactions betwe
Lynne ♠ The Book Dragon ♠
It's hard to rate this one...I couldn't stand Charlotte or David which brought my rating down to two stars (seriously - Charlotte is THAT annoying), however the other cast of characters, the plot and the world setting would have been an easy four stars w/o the two main characters. Three stars is a happy medium but gawd I wanna throat punch Charlotte
Zachary Flye
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Protagonists: This book is told in alternating points of view between Eric, a young squire, who after constant coddling sets out to prove himself, and David a boy from a world much like ours who finds out that he holds an immense destiny in Fallhollow. A lot of Eric's character development stems from the fact that Sir Trogsdill, the knight he serves, and all of Trog's friends handle Eric with kid gloves. They are so overprotective of him that at one point in the story he snaps and does wh
Sunshine Somerville
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book a lot faster than I thought I would because the world and adventure drew me in. There’s a good bit of action to balance out a lot of explanation and dialogue – which was needed in a book that spans both our world and a fantasy one. There’s a good range of characters, and the main heroes’ journeys make you want to follow them along and figure out what’s up.
The world of Fallhollow is your basic fantasy realm with kings and queens, mages, knights, and of course dragons. The history
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read! The story starts with David, a teenage boy who lives on earth. He's a normal teenager with a crush on his best friend Charlotte. Eric is a squire from a medieval parallel universe. In Eric's world, magic exists and the Dragon King has risen and started a war. David is pulled from his dimension into Eric's. Once David arrives in this extremely different reality he is confronted by supernatural beings, mystical surroundings, and evil villains who want to kill him. It's like he's gone d ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The people whom rated this 1 star, didn't read it! I Really enjoyed it and looking forward to book 2 and 3!!!
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J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany's most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, h ...more

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