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Becoming the Dragon

(The Dragon Inside #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  83 reviews
From now on he’s got two hearts beating in his scale-clad chest, and two mighty wings on his back. In the faraway planet of two moons, he was born again as a dragon… but would it make him any less human?
The Dragon Inside, a bestselling series by Alex Sapegin, is comprised of a total of five books:
– Becoming the Dragon
– Wings on my Back
– A Cruel Tale
– Crown of Horns
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Litworld Ltd.
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Andy, a small town teen, survived being hit by lightning when he was younger, which makes electronics act up around him and gives him dormant magical powers. After accidentally walking into a lab experiment, Andy suddenly finds himself teleported to another planet which is inhabited by both human and supernatural beings. As soon as he arrives he accidentally frees Karegar the Dragon, then gets captured and e
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't think it is that good. I debated whether to give this a 2 or a 3 and settled on two. While it has some great points, it just feels poorly structured, poorly paced and poorly created in general.

Now, what I think is great in this book, it is the ideas. It collects a lot of tropes that I really liked. I love dragons, I love portal fantasy, I love fantasy races, I also kinda like some wish fulfillment. It gathers lots and lots of ideas in one.

However, the problem with collecting ideas like t
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
In this novel, a boy named Andy is going on a journey where he transforms from boy to dragon. It should have been amazing, but the execution of the novel was flawed. I could not understand what was going on for the first 60 % of the novel. It was from multiple points of view for some reason even though Andy was supposed to be the main character. Andy did not even start to change into a dragon until the novel was 60% over, and only then did the novel start to come together. Then, a new side plot ...more
Andrey Vasilyev
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will prove to be a great series.
After being teleported to another world, Andy must fight to survive.

I was given an advanced copy by the publisher. I have to admit for me the story is well worth reading until the end. It is an exciting story and the other world is a real adventure. Now, in all honesty, the first part of the book was really just building the character up and at times I found I was waiting for the action to begin. When it did it really kicked off and for me, it felt like an o
Calina Benassa
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not very interested in fantasy, but Becoming the Dragon was an intriguing tale that I was surprised I enjoyed so much. Even in translation, the colorful language wasn't lost, and I think it's a great foreign read. A wonderful alternative to the Brimstone Chronicles, this book takes everything that Victor Rose did wrong and rights it well. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who don't read fantasy often, but who are looking to branch out genre-wise.
It ended up with a strong three a
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this. I couldn't get into the story something was missing but can't put my finger on it. It was not meant for me. Something for someone out there. Based on the reviews it ranged from 3 to 5 stars so someone out there is loving it!
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept of the story is good, but it confused me a lot with the jumping all over the time line and events.
Christine Holshouser
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want the second one!

I read constantly and its hard to find a book that I'm willing to buy the second one right after the first. Very good book and with buying
Kendra Payne
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
* I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Andy Kerimov has always lived a normal life. Up until he was struck by lightning at a young age and could no longer go near technology without it going haywire. But as it turns out, that’s the least of his worries as he has also been left with extraordinary magical abilities just waiting to burst forth. In an unfortunate accident while visiting his father at work, Andy finds himself transported to Ilanta, a planet littered w
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Becoming the Dragon is the first book in a series by Alex Sapegin. The author takes us on an adventure with Andy, the main character. Andy is a teenage boy who was struck by lightning while out on a camping trip. He miraculously lives to tell the tale, but with a curious side effect. After the incident electronics go haywire when he is near them. Andy lives a normal life, as normal as he can without electronics in his life, until he gets teleported to a different world. He enters an experimental ...more
Catherine Haynes
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Official review for “The Dragon inside: Becoming a Dragon” by A. Sapegin
An Epic tale of: mystical creature, of a time forgotten; coming to life, and changing their life forms. Whimsical creatures, with magical talents; that are said to only the be in a creative person’s imagination. A mixture of fantasy, reality, that is intertwined with the mixture of beliefs.
It is said, that there were once mystical creatures, that ruled the earth; a long time ago. But, now they are only the creatures that
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: onlinebookclub, owned
Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin is the saga of a young man named Andy Kerimov, a sixteen-year-old boy in small town Russia whose life changed drastically when he was struck by lightning. He no longer had the ability to use most electrical items and emits a constant electric charge. One day, he stumbled upon a scientific testing site where he was suddenly transported to a foreign planet known as Ilanta.

The fantastical planet is home to many magical beings, such as elves, orcs, gnomes and drag
Eleanor Luhar
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a fantasy novel aimed at a young adult audience, following a young boy named Andy on a bizarre, out-of-this-world adventure. I received my copy via the Online Book Club.
From the start of the novel, it is clear that Andy is a bit different. After being struck by lightning on a school trip, Andy has a strange effect on electrical appliances. When Andy's father left some important documents at home, Andy is responsible for delivering them to his workplace. However, Iliya (Andy's father) is
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This book left me super conflicted inside. On one hand, I was a huge fan of the story, I loved the characters, and the plot itself was super interesting. However, the story itself was a little fragmented and made it difficult for me to get immersed in the story because I just couldn’t find my flow.

Andy has had a strange effect on computers ever since he was struck by lightning, leaving him unable to operate technology in
Samantha Rochon
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Andy, a russian teenager survived being hit by lightning in his younger years. This gave him latent magical powers and causes computers to mess up around him. While trying to get some papers to his father he walks into a lab experiment and finds himself transported into a completely different world full of magical creatures and humans alike.

While there he accidentally frees a dragon named Karegar then gets captured and enslaved. When he becomes fatally wounded he goes through a ritual to become
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Becoming The Dragon by A. Sapegin is about a young man who crosses boundaries between worlds. In this process, he becomes a dragon while learning the culture and language of the new world he now resides in.

This book is the first book in a series that has five books in total. The storyline and plot line was very interesting. However, the deliverance of that storyline fell rather short for me. It promised action and adventure when, in truth, the whole tone was rather passive. In other books, there
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
First in a series of five that originated in Russia, The Dragon Inside: Becoming the Dragon is debut Young Adult fiction from Alex Sapegin with a complicated sci-fi/fantasy plot.

Dragons and other fantasy creatures make this a sought after story for the YA crowd, especially for young adult boys, but it should be noted that (perhaps due to translation from the original Russian text) details seem rough and there are definite storyline gaps. In short, while it’s an exceptionally imaginative plot, f
WARNING: I would say this book is more proper for mature 8th graders and anyone above, particularly those being introduced to high fantasy, die-hard lovers of dragons and magic, those with slower reading pace or reading ability, or just someone who wants a somewhat lighter fantasy read. Due to the references to sex I would not let anyone younger read it.

I felt it was a bit obvious that the story was translated. While the sentence structure seems somewhat simple, there are parts of the story tha
Maya Daniels
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Becoming the dragon by Alex Sapegin is a YA sci-fi/fantasy originally published in Russian. It fits very well with the genre.

The story of Andy starts when he was struck by lightning on a school trip and his life takes unexpected turns from there. Being transported through a portal in a world full of magical creatures and danger, he needs to make a choice between becoming a dragon and losing his humanity or simply losing his life.

What I loved about this book was the storytelling. It felt like I
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: online-book-club
Andy Kerimov has not lived a typical life since lightning struck him a few years ago, during a school field trip. As a result, Andy has the undesirable ability to cause electronic devices to malfunction. Thus, Andy pursues various other hobbies, including cooking, reading, and archery. One day Andy's father, who is involved in a secret project for corporate investors, forgets his paperwork at home. Andy then sets off to deliver them to him. On arriving, however, something goes wrong, and Andy fi ...more
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Becoming the Dagon” is a great start to “The Dragon Inside” series where Sapegin brings the classic elements of mysticism and folklore to modern YA readers. Sapegin’s world of Ilanta is weaved with the features of a quintessential fairytale narration, not in the ‘happily ever after’ sense, rather in a style similar to Hans Christian Anderson’s writings.

I enjoyed seeing how Andy’s contemporary persona blended in with the new world of Ilanta and easily became a part of Sapegin’s narration. “Be
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Step into a world of orc, elves, gnomes, and dragons with Alex Sapegin’s Becoming the Dragon. Andrew is a normal sixteen-year-old who isn’t so normal after his electrifying accident two years prior. Suddenly, technology doesn’t really like his presence. He hasn’t really felt himself. And fate is about to make that even worse as he is suddenly thrown into an entirely different world. Even in this new world, he’s unique.

While I enjoyed Sapegin’s storytelling, I had a difficult time being pulled in
Ramona Plant
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Becoming a Dragon is a well written book by Alex Sapegin. This book is rather unique and the author does a good job creating a new world that does have semblance with ours, borrowing quite a few creatures from our known mythology and paranormal genre, but also creates a few of his own. His plot is imaginative and follows a great pace. I never felt like the story was dragging out although there were a couple of slower spots to allow some character development. The story never felt rushed though a ...more
Jennifer Layne
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
{I received this book free as an Advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.}

Book blurb:

From now on he’s got two hearts beating in his scale-clad chest, and two mighty wings on his back. In the faraway planet of two moons, he was born again as a dragon… but would it make him any less human?
The Dragon Inside, a bestselling series by Alex Sapegin, is comprised of a total of four books:
– Becoming the Dragon
– Taking Wing
– A Tale of Violence
– Three Wars
It is a saga of
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This book was officially reviewed for Check out my full review:

The Good:
- Has several magical creatures – elves, gnomes, dragons, etc.
- Themes are portrayed well

The Not-So Good:
- Secondary characters are forgettable with no distinguishable traits
- Plot is choppy and jumps around quite a bit
- Dragon transformation, though part of the title, doesn’t happen until about two-thirds into the book
- Uncommon and inventive names/words were frus
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
There are the bare bones of a decent fantasy epic here, but it's buried under a lot of verbose description of mundane events and poor character development. Andy is scarcely a character. He's just the guy that happens across a number of events. The speed with which he picks up skills and magical powers is a bit ludicrous considering how often he's in mortal peril. For all of his abilities, random awful crap just keeps happening to him.

The book didn't hold my interest enough to really read it. A
Dhawal Joshi
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
While I was going through a bunch of books to choose from this one caught my eye. The book cover is awesome if this had been a graphic design rating I'd definitely give it a 5/5 star. The blurb was also telling that there was a lot happening inside the book and indeed it was a lot.

It is a fairly long read, my kindle showed 6hrs + approx while reading and it took almost the same for me being a fast paced reader. Since its a first book in the series it was more about the plot buildup. There was a
I received an ARC of this book, courtesy of Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. Just finished reading "Becoming the Dragon". I love fantasy books and I really enjoyed this book. The story is about a teenage boy, Andy, who was struck by lightning. He ends up being transported into another world. There he discovers new abilities, first as a prisoner and then taken in by an elf and a dragon, who help him transform and develop his newfound abilities. Enjoyed the storyline and am interested ...more
Joe Crowe
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun fantasy novel, where a human from our own humdrum, dragon-free world discovers a fantasy realm that has all the elves orcs, quests, and mythos that one requires from such a thing.

The author beautifully reveals the world as the book's hero discovers it, and by that I mean, I want to go there now.

The world has Eleraffs, a cross between an elephant and a giraffe. Eleraffs are my new favorite thing, and I want them to be in every book.

"The dungeon is not a spa" is the funniest
Ksaa Zair
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The rating is difficult for me, for this book.

For those interested, don't get me wrong, the story is good (4 star), but the book and the series are natively russian and translated by third-party, not the Author directly. This causes a number of grammatical, spelling, and logical errors. Some things are simply lost in translation, as the phrase goes, and i feel it's certainly true here. This kind of aspect i'm perfect fine with working out, but there are enough errors in translation to make me dr
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Alex Sapegin is a sci-fi and fantasy author who lives in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk in Russia with his wife, two kids, a pet parakeet and an overly confident tomcat.
An electrical engineer by education, Alex Sapegin has had an interesting life with an extensive career in the railway industry and tunnel construction while, at the same time, making time to follow his joy crafting

Other books in the series

The Dragon Inside (5 books)
  • Wings on My Back (The Dragon Inside, #2)
  • A Cruel Tale (The Dragon Inside, #3)
  • Crown of Horns (The Dragon Inside, #4)
  • Home at Last (The Dragon Inside Book 5)