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Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps (Dragonwoofs, #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 & recipient of the Kirkus Star

"A fantasy with tremendous heart and a magisterial execution."​

A normal eighth-grader by day, thirteen-year-old Ben awakens one night in a fantastical dream world where snow burns, the sun disappears and reappears without warning, and magic is addictive.

But the mysterious realm of Meridia is disappea
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published June 5th 2018
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Payal Sinha
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where Dragonwoofs is a delicious adventure cum fantasy tale for young teens. All the major characters of the book are thirteen year old people who get transported to a magic land in their sleep and engage in unlimited adventure. I liked the book particularly well because it make the underdogs the heroes. The queen in the magic land is actually an orphan in real life. Our young hero lives a miserable life with no father, an all time working mother, no friends and little amusements or courage.

Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a mysterious world that brings Ben, Avery, and Marcus together, Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps, they fight to prevent this world from imploding. Only towards the end of their adventure do they realize the significant consequences if the fading is complete. A.J. Massey keeps this science fiction moving as the "weeds", or humans, move from their dream world back to their real life. I suspect the friendships they created in their dream world will be friends for life.

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Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps is a coming of age fantasy novel for young adults and preteens written by A.J. Massey. Ben’s life was rather more complicated than that of most 13-year-olds. All he had left of his dad was a broken watch, which he was determined never to part with, and his mom’s efforts to make a living for the two of them had meant frequent moves to new neighborhoods -- and schools -- and her working double and sometimes
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy feeling it must be to live another life while sleeping! Not just to dream of it, but to do it — complete with the fears, challenges, pains, joys and excitements that come along with it. This is the basic idea of Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps, a debut fantasy novel by A.J.Massey.

Normal eighth-graders by day, Avery, Marcus and Ben awaken in their dreams to find themselves in the fantasy dream world of Meridia. But they aren’t the same kids they are in their waking live
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My God what a book! This is an extraordinarily well written story. It is so completely thought through and such a joy to read. It had this wonderful flow to it and I had a hard time putting it down.
This is a wonderful story. It's about three youngsters who finds himself in a world with magic and mystery. Some things are a little bizarre some are extremely scary. Ben is basically your typical normal student. Is an 8th grader in school. One night he wakes up in a Strange Land it's not it was w
Phillip Cole
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben wakes up and finds himself in a strange land. As he explores, he meets new people and creatures that had only existed in fairy tales. Soon, he is on an adventure in both the new world and the real world.

A.J. Massey's Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and The Fading Creeps has several good qualities that make it a fun read. First, the people and lands are well described, so it is easy to imagine what they look like. The story is pretty creative and entertaining.

It also has morals that are taught as the
Jul 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ben in Wonderland

Ben finds himself in a strange woods where the snow is hot, fairies are murderous, elves are translucent, and Dragonwoofs can’t breathe fire. One of the first things he learns is that this beautiful and terrifying world is disappearing in bursts, but Ben meets Avery, Marcus, and Tam, who are set on rescuing this fantastic world by any means necessary.

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read on the premise that other worlds exist within dreams. Conceptually, this one was intriguing.
Mark Buxton
My name is Ben, and the first two things I remember after waking up in the Red Forest are being called a weed and learning the horror of the Fading; the lands are slowly disappearing from existence. I was later joined by Marcus and Avery, along with a translucent elf, and we've set off to stop the Fading. We must travel across the lands to retrieve the sphinx's head. Our efforts are complicated since the Sovereign is sending his armies after us to ensure the Fading continues, and the elves must ...more
Christina Sinner
Absolutely loved this book! I read it in a day on a recent vacation, and was sad when it was over. Ben, Avery and Marcus are interesting, compelling and unique characters, and I'd love to spend more time with them in future books (assuming they happen, this book definitely leaves room for more!)

Overall, the story is told from the perspective of each character above, and spends varying amounts of time with each. I enjoyed learning about all three, but particularly loved Avery. She's a young girl
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A.J. Massey has created an amazing fantasy world in this novel. Once in a while, you pick up a book that truly makes an impact on you and immediately make you stand up in the chair and start reading voraciously.
At first, I thought it was going to be a bit juvenile for me, but I was completely wrong. It’s very engaging and highly addictive. The fantasy world is beautifully described and the characters are strong, with multiple layers, strong interactions and a fast-paced story that will win your
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and this book was the most unique book I have ever read. I have read a lot of stories where the hero wakes up and transported in a different realm but A.J. Massey has done it in such an interesting original twist unlike anything I have ever read before. I also LOVE the name Dragonwoof! They totally remind me of ewoks or Gremlins in the total uniqueness the creatures possess. This story was full of adventure that you just could not help but join i ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben is for all intents and purposes a normal eighth grader. One night however, he wakes up in a strange land with magic and fantasy creatures. This wonderous land is not all milk and honey, there is a darkness, called the Fading that is devouring everything in its path as it creeps along. Ben in drawn into a quest to stop and hopefully also reverse the fading and is joined by a few friends: Avery and Marcus along with three Dragonwoofs, doglike creatures that have all the playful mannerisms of d ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully Imaginative.

What an amazing world, A.J. Massey has created! Translucent elves, raining sand, porcelain living people. The three main characters are full of bravery, and loyalty. They flit back and forth from one world to the next, their experiences in one world helping them to overcome the challenges in the next. Great book for kids, not bad for 52-year-old women who love Tolkein and C.S.Lewis.
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creative Fantasy!
An adventurous and exciting journey of three middle school kids in the fantasy land, that is different at first but dangerous. It’s this their struggle to fight the devils, solve the puzzles, be confident and save the land. A great read for all ages, especially for kids. The authors’ creativity of fantasy land is at heights like sun appears and disappears, snow is hot, crazy monsters, could raise lots of curiosity with the kids.
Laura Hartness
Jul 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
Haven't read yet. Author is an Army buddy of a friend of mine. I also have a 13 year-old son who might like this. Adding to TBR list. Purchased on Kindle 7/17/2018. ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good. I'm glad I gave this a read! ...more
The Book Girl
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps is a novel unlike I have ever read before. It was the gripping story of Ben who is 13 years old. He is such an adorable character. He awakes one day in a forest with a broken watch in his hand. This forest isn't just any book, it is magical. The forest is red, the snow in the forest is warm, and a mysterious girl believes he is an assains. This book has some interesting characters, a boy named Marcus who I enjoyed to read about. It also has something
Yugina Yun
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the recommendation of a friend, despite the fact that I am now 23. The book is clearly targeted towards late elementary or middle school students.

In spite of being 23, I still found my self mirrored in the book's protagonist and enamored with the world of Meridia. Ben is a young boy, trying to figure out his place in the world - a feeling many of us are intimately familiar with - both in this new world he finds himself, and at school. The world of Meridia is one of magical wo
Rachel Kester
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by A.J. Massey tells the story of Ben, a 13-year-old boy who suddenly awakens from his slumber to find himself in a magical world. This world has many unique features, such as magic and the sun having a strange appearance during the day. However, Ben isn’t just here to explore, he must also help to save the kingdom from Fading, a strange phenomena eating it away. Along the way, he meets some friends as well as dragonwoofs who help him with his journey to save the kingdom. However, they ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic fantasy for the teen readers

This is a great fantasy story about three young students who find themselves catapulted into a world of fantasy filled with the bizarre, the unbelievable, and the undeniably scary. These three students of the realm must defeat a host of bad guys and stop the fading, the disappearance of the world. The characters are well developed and the storyline is a captivating journey through a magical land. Each step drags the reader further into the realm and makes
Amy Shannon
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Fantasy

This story is a great fantasy for author Massey. I found that Massey tells a good tale, mixed with monsters and dragonwoofs, as well as a 13-year old on a magnificent adventure. There are twists and turns within the story, and it flows very well. The characters, even the anti-human characters have a great depth to them. Very well put together, and anyone who loves a fantasy, whether you're young or just young at heart, will enjoy this story. I look forward to more stories from t
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Amazing. Amazing amazing amazing. This book has me hooked! I finished it in two sittings, and I love it! A beautiful fantasy book, with wonderful traces of random and awkward that just make you want to go, gagh! Amazing! That is the key word here. It follows a new path through the fantasy world of books, and I applaud that. Way to go! Inspired (me).
Nov 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This was quite an interesting read. Many twists and turns, and so well written that it was easy to get lost in the story. At times I wasn't thrilled with some of the bullying, but overall a really creative story.

I won a copy from the author from a Goodread giveaway.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great combination of fantasy and real problems!
Breane Ross
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent fantasy/comig of age ya book. I highly recommend it!
A.J. Massey
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author of Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps. I created this story to convey the mystery, awe, and wonderment I experienced while consuming fantasy as a child/teen. My biggest influences growing up were films like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Time Bandits, The Goonies, and Return to Oz. I was also heavily inspired by books like Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia. I always felt like there was a particular flavor of darkness and whimsy found in 80s fantasy th ...more
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A.J. Massey writes thrilling fantasy novels for young teens and adults. His first book, Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps, blends shared dream worlds and middle school and was influenced by his favorite childhood movies of the 80s, Labyrinth and The Neverending Story. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Katie, and pet dragonwoof, Abby.

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