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Rise of the Dragon Moon

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The ice never forgives.

The ice never forgets.

Princess Toli may be heir to the throne, but she longs to be a fierce hunter and warrior. Alone in a frozen world, her queendom is at the mercy of the dragons that killed her father, and Toli is certain it’s only a matter of time before they come back to destroy what’s left of her family.

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ebook, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Imprint
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Gabrielle Byrne Thanks for asking, Lara! At present, this book stands alone, but as it does have series potential, we'll see what the future holds. Watch this space.…moreThanks for asking, Lara! At present, this book stands alone, but as it does have series potential, we'll see what the future holds. Watch this space. :) (less)

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Gita Trelease
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt the temperature drop around me as I read the opening pages of RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON and entered a harshly beautiful world of ice and snow—and ferocious, talking dragons. Set in the northern queendom of Ire, whose queen has vanished to deal with the threat the dragons pose, her daughter Toli, haunted by her own failings, must leave safety behind to find her mother. As Toli determinedly ventures farther into her frozen country, she’s joined by a charming cast of characters who refuse to l ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON by Gabrielle Byrne is a book with so much heart (and my heart skipped happy and fast when I got to read it before its release)! Set in the snow-covered Queendom of Gall, I shivered while reading the passages describing the ice-cold surroundings. But the next moment, I warmed all over at Toli’s stubborn resolve and the way her friends wriggled past all her attempts to face things alone. This story is full of adventure and humor, regret and love, acceptance and friendship. ...more
Kelly Coon
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is absolutely magical. I didn't realize how much I needed iridescent, talking dragons in my life until I read RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON. Toli, the 12-year-old mc is fierce, but harbors a terrible secret that both motivates her and threatens her ability to trust the ones she loves. Byrne's world-building was PERFECTION, too. I felt freezing cold in the queendom, surrounded by the ice, and hot in the dragon's lair. The kicker? Flying high over the frozen landscape clutched in a dragon's t ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
I like to describe this epically amazing MG fantasy as How to Train Your Dragon + Frozen.

It follows the story of two princesses as they try to keep their queendom alive when their mother disappears on a quest. Set in a gorgeous, icy, dragon-threatened world, this book was both thrilling and heartwarming. I was super lucky and was one of Gabrielle’s readers for an earlier version of the book, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the final version!!!
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to read a pre-release version of this awesome middle grade fantasy. An interesting world, an awesome ensemble cast led by Anatolia Strongarm, and DRAGONS! A compulsive read.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
After all three of my kids (ages 8-11) devoured this book, I was curious about the story that could capture the attention of all three! They usually like very different books. After I finished this amazing book, I totally understood. There is harrowing adventure, strong characters that were relatable, epic battles, a whole imaginative fascinating world and DRAGONS. It is a real Hero's Journey. Now one child has been inspired to craft his own story line about dragons, another has become more open ...more
Beth Cato
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, middle
I received an advance ebook through NetGalley.

This charming middle grade adventure explores an icy queendom where the seasonal visits of dragons leave humans wary and fearful. Princess Toli isn't even a teenager yet, but she knows the weight of guilt and loss--the year before, her father was killed by dragons, and Toli knows it was all her fault. She's determined to be a fierce hunter to protect her people, especially her younger sister, Petal. But when her mother the Queen is captured by dragon
Malayna Evans
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot to love about this charming book, but one word of advice: have a cozy blanket nearby before you crack it open. The writing is so crisp, and the scenes so vivid, you'll want to cuddle up as you read about the princess's daring, cold weather adventures to save her mother/people and the unexpected friendships she develops along the way. I mean sure, you've met other dragons in other books. But you haven't met these dragons. And trust me, you'll want to.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to read during a January snowstorm, but the atmospheric setting will surely come through even if you read it in August. Toli was such a realistic heroine, faults and all, and the cast of supporting characters (that includes some excellent antagonists) round out the whole story. I'll admit that my favorite character was a certain dragon! Best of all, the writing was absolutely gorgeous, capturing the gorgeous setting with words to match. A great read for all MG fantasy a ...more
I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise was interesting... it just didn't live up to my expectations as a dragon book. The guilt part seemed kind of weak to me and like are the dragons ever going to be good?
Nannette Demmler
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review.

Let’s start off with that absolutely gorgeous cover! I love it and I know it will attract a lot of readers to it. It really gives you an overall feel of the book too. This is a book full of adventure and of course dragons. It has a strong female protagonist, who is also feisty and brave.

Toli is the sole narrator of this story, and it was a delight to spend time with her. She has her flaws, she was deeply aff
Ms. Yingling
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Anatolia (Toli) is the firstborn daughter of Queen Una, but she has a terrible secret-- she feels responsible for the death of her father while the yearly tithe to the dragons was being delivered. While she loves hunting dragons (who are fairly evil, after all), she doesn't feel ready for all of the other training her mother thinks she should undergo as heir to the throne. When the queen is kidnapped by the dragons, Toli, her sister petal, and her friend Wix set o
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in a world surrounded by ice, this story of young, fierce, Princess Anatolia grabbed my attention and never let it go. Devastated by the recent death of her father, Toli is angry with the dragons who killed him, and who have a hold over her people, expecting a yearly tithe of food. When her mother is taken by the Queen Dragon, Toli sets out to get her back on her own, but her younger sister and best friend secretly join her. Together they run from the creatures living on the ice. They bargai ...more
Elliot Smith
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Dragon Moon is a fantastical coming of age story in which a young princess must come to grips with guilt and regret from her past to achieve something wonderful for her future. This heartwarming tale of perseverance nestles within a fairy tale worth of enchanting characters and a delightfully imaginative society of dragons. While dragons are more common than pigeons in middle grade, Gabrielle Byrne's creativity breathes new life into the beloved creatures. All these wonders are deftl ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragons, dragons, dragons. Princess Toli's queendom is at the mercy of the dragons. They killed her father and a large portion of the hunters that the queendom needed to procure food for the people. And Toli wants revenge. However, what we want and what we get are often not the same--and that is the case for Toli. An enchanting read about a girl on the cusp of womanhood, this story enchants and delights. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Macmillan and Edelweiss for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! This is such a cool fantasy book! The world building is beautiful, the dragons are mesmerizing and have faults of their own as do the characters. A great middle grade fantasy book filled with bravery, family, adventure and dragons.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent fun fantasy middle grade novel. It is filled with adventure, dragons, and rich fully formed amazing women. In adventuring it asks not only who we are but who can we be when we do what’s right.
Alexandra Alessandri
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ls-books
My 12-year-old son loved it. He's usually not a dragon fan, but he devoured RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON! He loved the storyline (he said it was a really cool storyline), the characters, and even the dragons!
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, rc19
a very satisfying dragon-filled adventure story, especially good for reading on a hot day (because it's icy as heck).
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic world-building and a carefully-crafted ensemble cast make for a charming debut. The culture created in this book is fascinating, the adventure is high, the protagonist is complex, and the dragons are to die for! Absolutely don't miss this MG fantasy!
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