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Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races

(Silver Batal #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Silver’s dreams of becoming a legendary water dragon racer come true when she befriends a rare
dragon that can swim and fly.

Thirteen-year-old Silver Batal calls the desert home, but her heart belongs to the waters. Although she’s
expected to become a jeweler like her father, Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to race water
dragons. Destiny comes calling when her frien
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mariame Red
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 un bon premier tome pleins de magie et de dépaysement 😍
Laura
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Sympathique malgré quelques longueurs. J'ai beaucoup plus apprécié la seconde moitié. Parfait pour les enfants qui ont aimé les Royaumes de 🔥.
Elizabeth
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very fun/cute/adventurous Middle Grade book. Definitely will keep an eye out for the rest of this series. This is on the list for my future child and I to read together because: dragons.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Silver comes from a family of jewelers in the desert community of Jaspaton, and is expected to follow the family trade, but she really wants to be a water dragon racers like her idol, Saggitaria Wonder. Her cousin and best friend, Brajon, is supportive of her, but realizes it will be very difficult for her to pursue this path. When Wonder is due to visit her town, Silver hopes to impress her by making a flying suit, which she does with the help of a mysterious older woma
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Juhley_Julivre
Je suis restée très hermétique à l'histoire et j'ai eu beaucoup de mal à m'y plonger. Je n'ai pas apprécié le personnage de Silver que j'ai trouvé assez ennuyeuse et énervante (et ce, dès les premières pages). Le seul personnage que j'ai réellement apprécié est Ferdi (à mon grand désarroi, on le découvre assez tard dans le roman).

J'ai trouvé l'univers intéressant mais pas assez exploité à mon goût : on nous parle de dragons et on nous en donne à voir si peu au final. Il y a différentes espèces
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Rosie Rizk
Bonding with a dragon, racing through an obstacle course on dragon back, and a desert world with a foreign culture. The book had all those qualities and more.

At first, I found Silver to be a impetuous, short-sighted girl, and her eagerness to get herself into trouble really annoyed me. Halfway through the book, however, Silver's growing responsibilities & unfamiliarity with the capital city turned her a bit more cautious. She's always full of energy, which helps her out in very sticky moments.
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Joëlle (Imnotareader)
3.5/5 ⭐️

🐉🐉🐉🐉

Coucou les chouquettes 🥰 Comment ça va?
Aujourd’hui je reviens pour mon avis sur les tomes 1 et 2 de Silver Batal de K. D. Halbrook. J’ai lu ces livres dans le cadre de mon #magicalcreaturesathon

Dans l’ensemble j’aime beaucoup l’histoire qui tourne autour des dragons d’eau, de la découverte de soi et de la poursuite de ses rêves. J’aime aussi beaucoup le monde créé avec d’un côté les Pleines désertiques et de l’autre les Contrées Océaniques. Je pense que cette histoire va énormément p
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Ashley
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This was a cute story, and reminded me of Christopher Paolini's Eragon. While I found it hard to stay focused on this book (it was clearly not meant for my age group), it was a quick and easy read and I can see many children really enjoying it.

Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races, as you can imagine, follows the adventures of a thirteen year old girl named Silver Batal. Though she has spent her entire life being trained by her father to be a jeweler, Silver's true passion lies in racing wate
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Galleane
Nov 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Abandon à 207 pages.

De ce que j'ai lu j'ai trouvé ça d'un long et je m'ennuyais ferme. Je pense avoir assez lu pour me faire une idée donc sans regret je m'arrête là.
Virtuellement Votre
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Dès l’annonce de la sortie de « Silver Batal et le dragon d’eau » j’ai été conquise par son résumé et la magnifique couverture qui l’accompagnait. Étant mère de plusieurs enfants, dont un fils de treize ans, j’avais très envie de partager cette histoire avec lui et de m’évader en sa compagnie. C’est chose faite aujourd’hui, et le moins que l’on puisse dire c’est que ce livre regorge d’action et d’émotions.

Silver Batal n’est pas n’importe quelle jeune fille
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Megan
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything that I love in a book involving Dragons and so very much more.

Imagine a world where Dragons are creatures of the water and many of them are famous not only for their uniqueness but also for those that have been a part of the Water Dragon Races in which people come to from all over the world.

Silver Batal is a young thirteen year old girl who is expected to take over her Dad's Jeweler business but she doesn't feel that it's her calling and has spent a good chunk of her lif
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Mark Buxton
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Silver Batal, and I've always dreamed of becoming a great water dragon rider. Many people think it's a crazy dream for the daughter of a jeweler, living in a hot, dusty desert. Now, I must recover my friend's water dragon, stolen by my hero, Sagittaria Wonder. I'm thankful my cousin Brajon has offered to help, but I'm not sure what we'll do once we reach Calidia. We can't exactly walk up to the queen and tell her the most famous dragon rider in the world is a thief. No, the only thing ...more
InkCreature
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the overall idea of this book, I really did. It was unique, desert cities, mixed with ocean water dragons? Super cool. Love the culture involved and the story. There were only a couple things that bothered me in this book. Saying "The End." At the end of the book gave me the impression the story was completely over. Yet the last pages of the book opened up a massive problem. The story was nowhere near over, and I was left to assume that I just had to guess that their mission would be suc ...more
LuCioLe
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier les Editions Lumen pour l’envoi de ce roman bien en avance de sa date de sortie avec en plus de beaux objets presse qui vont avec ! Difficile de ne pas tomber sous le charme de cette magnifique couverture en relief, de cette médaille et de cette présentation presse où l’on y trouve Hiyyan, le bel aquinder de l’histoire. L’intérieur du roman est également magnifique puisque ce dernier a deux belles illustrations (une au début et une à la fin) sur deux pages ainsi ...more
Nannette Demmler
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review.

I just adore that cover! It really is striking and depicts what water dragons would look like racing. It really conveys a sense of what this story is all about.

Silver was a wonderful character, full of spunk and courage. She has a wonderful relationship with her cousin Brajon, which was nice to see. Her relationship with her parents was pretty realistic. There was tension between her and her father, because of h
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Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Set in a desert with a vast aquifer and river running under the sand, this book features a young woman, Silver Batal, who thinks she knows all there is to know about water dragon racing: the breeds, the riders, the races they've won and lost and attributes of each dragon.

But when the famous Sagittaria Wonder, the winningest water dragon racer in Calidia, comes to Silver's little desert town of Jaspaton, Silver discovers there's a lot she doesn't know. Like how mean and callous Sagittaria can be
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Teri B
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is just wow, wow and wow. What a fantastic tale, beautifully composed and bringing so much to life, letting a girl starting onto her own journey to discover who she is and what she is made up of.

We travel from a city in the desert to the capital of the realm. We meet water dragons and quite a few unique characters. The main character Silver Batal is sometimes likeable, sometimes not so much, as she discovers the wider world and starts to make her own way.

Apart from an engaging and con
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Liz Friend
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The story: Desert-dweller Silver Batal knows she is destined to race water dragons. The only problem: both water, and dragons, are scarce in the desert. When she runs into the mysterious old woman Nebekker, Silver eventually learns of a desert oasis where the dragons hide, and where she meets and forms an instant bond with Hiyyan, a rare Aquerid dragon that can both swim and fly. But her entrance into the secret world leads a troop of dragon thieves there too, and now Silver and her cousin Brojo ...more
Nicholas
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Artemissia Gold
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romans-jeunesse
Entre les divers rebondissements et les révélations, je n’ai pas vu les pages défiler ! En plus de Silver, nous rencontrons également un panel de personnages secondaires aussi intéressants qu’attachants qui auront un rôle important à jouer. Et dans tout cela, n’oublions pas Hiyyan, le dragon d’eau de Silver qui est juste trop cool et mignon !
Bref, voilà un récit épique qui ravira autant les adolescents que les adultes ! Pour ma part, je me suis régalée et j’attends la suite de pied ferme ! Ma c
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Emily
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I love world-building, and this book was delightful in that sense. Rich cultural details and interesting creatures! However, the pacing was very off to me (the characters talked as if sooo much time was passing, but it could've been just days as far as I could tell) and the dialogue was just alright. For a pacing example, (view spoiler) ...more
Molly Cluff
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the beginning and the end. Silver "bonds" super fast with her dragon and is super attached to him before the reader really is invested in the dragon as a character, so that was a bit hard for me to follow. Though I loved the different types of dragons with different abilities, and the desert setting of Jaspaton at the beginning was really vibrant. And I loved that Silver and her dragon get in a fight at one point, rather than always having this amazing relationship--that added an ...more
Lire-une-passion
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"En résumé, un premier tome qui plonge immédiatement son lecteur dans une aventure palpitante et prenante. Les personnages sont intéressants de par leur tempérament et des liens qui les lient. L'intrigue est originale et l'auteure a très bien su se démarquer avec pourtant un thème que nous voyons de plus en plus en littérature. Pour ma part, j'ai hâte de découvrir le final !"

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JustAButterfly
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, dragons
I think this one was just too young for me. I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I think the writing was a large part of that--it was just written in a really childish way (no subtlety, lots of telling and not showing, etc.), which was annoying.
+1 star for the pretty illustrations, which were really good, but that's about it.
Estelle
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5⭐
This book was so so so good!
Definitely read it if you're a fan of dragons and fantasy, I loved it 🤩
Elodie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was absolutely fantastic. I recommend this book for children 11 and up.
Amanda
I almost gave up on this SO MANY TIMES. I almost did not finish this; I question myself and the use of my time if it took me until PAGE 244 to even like the MC!?! OUT OF 323 PAGES!!! Great Googly Moogly!

Silver Batal was selfish and spoiled and a very unbelievable sort of character, not very likeable as well, and rather a brat. To be honest, I loved her dragon and was hanging out for the dragon. If there was any redemption to be had or any salvation of any sort, I wanted it for the dragon's sake.
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Sara Is
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a delightfully refreshing story about friendship, love, dreams, finding out who you're meant to be, and what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve your goals.
Michelle
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Appropriate for: age 11+

I found Silver's story really engaging and relate-able. I love how the dragons in the book are mosty just big puppies :p
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