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The Dragon Orb

(The Alaris Chronicles #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  76 reviews
For 100 years it protected them…

…and now the magical barrier is about to fail.

What waits on the other sidee?

Bakari is nerdy and awkward. At 15, he’s lived at the Wizard Citadel for most of his life. Everything seems to be working out like he’d hoped. He just got promoted to Level 1 and despite being painfully shy, he has a friend.

Kharlia knows medicine.

And he really li

Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Michael Shelton
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Orb (The Alaris Chronicles Book 1) by Mike Shelton is an awesome fantasy tale for young adults but teens and adults will love it too, I know I did and I am 60! There is plenty of action, fighting, intrigue, magic, creatures of all kinds, and a touch of romance. Best of all, a dragon egg! I love the ending but I am NOT telling you that but needless to say, I want the next book! I loved the well developed characters and the many twists in the plot. Wonderful. Great read!
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Bakari is a scholar wizard going on his first adventure in the fantasy world of Alaris. Tasked by the High Judge to figure out the problem with the barrier that protects them from the surrounding lands he finds more than he bargained for with the Dragon Orb. Alli and Roland two apprentices training to be a battle wizard and a counselor wizard attend to their mentors as they help to deal
Rob Hayes
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was given this book to read as a judge for the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.

Dragon Orb is an adventurous book about friendship, that revels in as many YA tropes as it can find.

Alaris is a kingdom separated from the rest of the world by a magical barrier. But the barrier is failing. Not to mention that there are rebellious factions within Alaris determined to undermine the ruling structure, traitors even at the highest levels of wizardry, and rumours of new powerful wizards appearing.

Olivia Marie Clark
Lord of the Rings meets Eragon

Fans of Lord of the Rings and Eragon would love this book. Shelton has created a wonderful fantasy world for readers to dive into. I throughly enjoyed this book!
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: briaepicgiveaway
Those who know me are all aware of the fact that I rarely give low ratings. Because I don't want to be mean and do damage to the author. I always take the book off from my shelves if it was an ARC and neither rate it nor review it. But I do rate and review books that I buy. And this here was one of them.

I bought it a while back because of the lovely cover and cool title. Because it has dragons!! And dragons are my thing! I love everything about them and will try to read every book that has them
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Review: THE DRAGON ORB by Mike Shelton
(The Alaris Chronicles Book 1)

THE DRAGON ORB is the first in a new series which I categorize as YA fantasy (based on the ages and maturity levels of the three protagonists). AllI, Roland, and Bakari are youthful wizards in Alaris, a land ruled by judges. Alli is a battle wizard, Roland a counselor wizard, and Bakari a scholar-wizard. When a rebellion commences, and the barrier falls, all three must demonstrate talent, courage, and resolution.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The magical barrier is diminishing and people are looking to take advantage of it. Some people don't like the Chief Justice system that's in place and now is their chance to bring change. But it's unwanted change and they need to be stopped.

Powerful wizards with special abilities are rare, but three have already appeared. There's Bakari who can remember everything he's ever read, Ally who's a powerful and death-dealing battlemage, and then, Roland who has a large supply of magic and can even tal
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
My blog: A Magical World Of Words

This is a wonderfully sweet fantasy. The characters are so cute, the relationships heartwarming and relatable, and the racial diversity is excellent.

The plot is tight and the pacing is good. There's lots of action, too. I also love the political dynamics of the world, and the world itself is well-imagined.

But the writing and dialogue almost ruined the book for me. The writing is so awkward and amateurish, and the dialogue is unrealistic, packed with in
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The fate of an entire kingdom rests on three young people. Fantastic fantasy story that takes you away to another world. Perfect for young adults, teens and adults as well. I'm seventy and have never stopped loving these kind of books. Love the dragon egg. Received the book as an ARC and a pleasure to review. ...more
Ray Davis
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelton does it again

Once again we find author Shelton, of cremillion fame, creating a vast world to be explored. . First with horses, now dragons. Three young hero's , one female (yay), are trained in three disciplines of the art of wizardry . Battle, council, scholar. The story is a barrier between kingdoms to be or not to be broken. It is swell written narrative .and look forward to the next installment ! Is Alli more powerful than Roland? Thx Mike.
PS stop speeding up the endings, so what if
David W. Fabian Jr.
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

Well written . I enjoyed it very much would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy series books. This book is very good . Only thing I disliked was the death of a very good character but it is possible that the character comes back later very interesting
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the book but didn't love it. This just jumps around to much from character to character to character and again to another character. When it does that, the story doesn't flow and parts of it becomes sooooo boring. You could have gotten rid of a few of the characters and stuck with 3 and the story would have flowed and became less boring. This is a series so I probably will read the next. Ok reading everyone! ...more
Leserling Belana
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Like in the Cremolino Prophecy trilogy, Mike Shelton manages to sweep us into a world full of imagination, adventure, and magic.
There is a conspiracy thriving to push the kingdom into turmoil, and this is closely linked to a barrier which has separated the Elvyn land and the kingdom for 150 years, but which is now coming down.
What will be the consequences?

We have various characters: the good ones, the evil ones, and those on who the verdict is still out.

The chief characters are young wizards,
JoJo Gozy
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

It started off slow, I'm not taking a star away for that. Once it got going, it was great. I didn't want to put it down. Eagerly awaiting the next book. Seriously, I'm really impatient, need it, like now please.

There is something about this book that I really enjoyed. The writing was simple and yet effective and there was lots of description to help the world building along.

The plot was well thought out and included everything that a good fantasy world needs - history, culture, politics, magic, adventure and intrigue.

It is so refreshing to see such diversity in what I would class as a middle grade read. I think it's so important as a reader to be exposed to as much diversity as possible and our le
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent start to a exciting series

Lots of action and adventure as well as political intrigue and good world building all ingredients of epic series . Well fought battle scenes make this book stand out, from the very beginning . A young female battle wizard takes on multiple fighters and cleans up the town without harming the innocent. Always a good start in my book. As many great epics do this book started from multiple directions and ended up as a clash toward The end. We come to know many ch
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Government in strife, espionage is at hand with assassination attempts, unsurper power hunger with magic but one's true to themselves are there to balance the stuggle.
A Silent Bookworm (Jessica Parker)
Disclosure: I received an ARC kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fantasy is not my favorite genre, so I was hesitant to read this book when the opportunity presented itself, but in the end I was glad I did. You are thrown into the action from the very first pages. While reading, you can lose yourself in the story. At one point I looked and saw I was 88% through (pages numbers are not available on this version of the book). The next thing I know I am on the last page. Th
Lene Blackthorn
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling magical tale full of adventure in a fantastic, imaginative world. There is a threat hanging above the kingdom, dangerously sneaking its way in and slowly transforming a rebellion into open war. The protective barrier is about to fail, and it is upon the shoulders of three young wizards to bring their wits together and save the kingdom. But the barrier collapse shows a different picture than expected, and now they have to cope with consequences and new situations in the best way they ...more
Aviar Savijon
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and adventurous tale and trip into a land of fantasy and magic.
Angel Haze
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Masterfully written with the epic magical combat of Maas’ Throne of Glass series, sprinkled with the political intrigue and phenomenal world building of Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice. I can see why this was a RONE award finalist! What a fantastic read full of magic and adventure! Roland and Alli were my favorite characters. I loved their fiery attitudes and kickass fighting skills. But the story . . . wow . . . it grips you right from the start and weaves you further into its web until that la ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully creative story chocked full of magical creatures! Young wizards in training find themselves thrust into a war fated to happen long before they were born. And now it is up to them to untangle lies, deceit, and twisting of history. These characters are amazing and I was happily drawn into this action packed storyline. Beautifully written, this book has my imagination soaring with whats to come! This voluntary review is based against an advance copy.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. I found myself immediately drawn in by the way the author described the characters and the POV switching between the 3 main characters. I really enjoyed that aspect the most because the author was able to really build those characters up and you relate more to them when you see things from their points of view.

The three main characters are all quite different too. Alli is a beautiful and powerful apprentice battle mage, Roland is a suave counsellor wizard's apprentice
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Cherry London
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here we have two self-opinionated teen wizard apprentices, both full of themselves, but with good hearts, Roland is all about himself and for himself while Allison seeks to help others by trying to end the small pockets of fight the rebels were strategically starting. She wants to lessen the people's' sufferings, but with a rebellion fast approaching, such thoughts seem very elusive.
These young wizards needed to get their act together and focus on what was right and not just follow the way of th
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another book I got from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of my opinion on the book. The book is called The Dragon Orb and it is written by Mike Shelton. The book was released on January 15, 2017 and the rest of the books in the series (The Dragon Rider and The Dragon King) were released shortly thereafter.

The book takes place in a kingdom called Alaria, a kingdom cut off by a magical barrier from the outside world for one hundred fifty years. Now, the barrier is failing and the
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am not going to lie. I picked this book up not because of a good review but because of a bad one. Rob Hayes entire review of this book was bashing on the YA genre. I have always felt like the YA genre gets a reputation even though most books could be categorized as such.

Lets be clear The Dragon Orb is not a bad book because its YA in fact I feel like Shelton sneers at the YA genre, taking YA 'tropes' and making it completely unbearable.

I am 100% fine with the 'chosen one' trope or having a b
Subhajit Das
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Dragon Orb(The Alaris Chronicles #1) by Mike Shelton

Blurb- The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different.

Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who's more at home in a library than a battlefield. Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard whose grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly. Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power -- and the ego to match it.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom o
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I’ve given *good* books a single star before, for example The Great Gatsby just doesn’t float my boat no matter how many times I read it, but I’ve never actually regretted purchasing a book quite like this before. Perhaps it just wasn’t for me, there’s a lot to love here: magic, spellcasting and, spoiler alert, a dragon. Maybe I somehow just got a bad kindle download (Is that a thing? Still new to this non-physical book malarkey!) but the editing is appalling. Chapter 23 happens twice in the boo ...more
Anna del C. Dye
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Orb by Mike Shelton is a splendid story for YA, pre-teen and adult alike.
I so enjoyed this well written story with magic and magic users. The erray of characters are remarkable and different sub stories well worth your time.
Roland is a young man been train to become a counselor wizard, he is also cookie and inmature though he has more power than many have seen for centuries.

Alli is a young woman being train as a War Wizard. She has to much power for one so young and immature as she
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Mike was born in California and has lived in multiple states from the west coast to the east coast. He cannot remember a time when he wasn't reading a book. At school, home, on vacation, at work at lunch time, and yes even a few pages in the car (at times when he just couldn't put that great book down). Though he has read all sorts of genres he has always been drawn to fantasy. It is his way of es ...more

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