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Rise of the Dragon Moon

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  38 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.

When the dragons rise and seize her mothe
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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Polarthon 2020 ❄ Prompt: A journey 🌌

Sadly I didn't finish this in time for the readathon. Oh well, better luck next year 😣

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. It has a lot of good stuff in it, and then there's a fair bit that just didn't work for me. Maybe it's a sign middle-grades just aren't for me. Sigh. I'll test out a few more and see if they're any better.

Anyway! The pros:
💫 Dragons. All the dragons 🐉
💫 Aurora borealis and moons for light in a darkened frozen world of ice 🌙
💫 Flu
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
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
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun and heartwarming story! Here are some of my general (hopefully mostly spoiler free) thoughts.
The main character, Toli, was brave, sometimes rash, but overall very likable. I really felt like I empathized with her and understood why she did things she did. She wasn’t the typical middle grade or YA protagonist who doesn’t want to follow orders or take care of her responsibilities just because she's "different”. I felt like all of her motivations were well explained and developed and I u
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
Lynne Schmidt
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this novel. I loved all of it - the suspense, the dragons, the sibling dynamics, the adventure. Gabby is such a talented author and what a fantastic debut!!
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.
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
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
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Rise of the Dragon Moon by Gabrielle K. Byrne, 306 pages. Imprint (Macmillan), 2019. $23.

Content: G



Toli, 12yo, may the queen-in-waiting, but she is much more concerned with proving her prowess on the battlefield. Specifically her skill at perhaps taking down the source of their Queendom’s problems – dragons! A year earlier a dragon killed her father. Now, a dragon has invaded the Queendom and taken the queen. Toli is determined to rescue
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
Debbie Tanner
This is a very exciting adventure book about Toli, who is the first born princess in a clan of ice dwellers. They get their heat from dragons and so they spend a lot of time figuring out how to make the dragons happy. Before the story starts, Toli's dad is killed by the dragons and Toli blames herself. When the dragons kidnap her mother, the queen, Toli sets out to try to rescue her. This was a terrific adventure story with some excellent plot twists. I think the kids are going to like this one ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book did a couple of things that I really love in books, then did a couple of things I don't enjoy so much. I love the use of metaphors and sayings unique to this world. I love sister relationships, especially ones that are so twisty. I love dragons, and this had dragon characters with their own motivations (and they talk!). The major plot point I didn't like (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Dragon Moon was one of my favorite books of the year, closely tied by Aurora Rising, (Goodreads 2019 Finalist.) The story was addicting and the structure was beautiful. I recomend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, action and suspence. An amazing book overall.

Warning. Spoilers Ahead.

I also like how it upped the stakes when Toli and her friends found out that ice beetles are poisionous to Ruby. It added quite the tension and added to the addicting factor. This book would be great
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. This one has a pretty familiar feel to it. Princess Anatolia - “Toli” - of the Queendom, harbors a bitter secret. She believes that was the reason her father’s death in a battle against the dragons who oppress her people. When her mother is taken by the Dragon Mother, she steals off to rescue her. With a couple stowaways on her sled and a dragon egg, Toli gets more than she bargained for - as well as new information about her father’s death. This is a good one for fans of female leads ...more
Arianna Basu
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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.
Molly Cluff
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the nice, crisp syntax in this! Dragon middle grade is definitely all the rage with my library patrons right now, so they will love this. The exposition was a bit clunky for me, but I was a big fan of the relationship between Petal and Toli. It was a very layered sister dynamic with a lot of meaty development. And I liked Toli, too.

I couldn’t figure the dragons out, like they always had some hidden agenda or fickle motivation. But gosh were they pretty!
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.
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!
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.
Kim Gontarz
Toli lives in a land where people are at the mercy of the dragons. They must tithe to them each year to protect their livelihood. Can they learn to trust each other and make a better life for both? Has some of the actions for both parties cause some to the distrust that is present?
Good dragons, good characters, and a nice character arc for the main character. I just wish the main plot started sooner--the set-up takes up half the book. The writing is also a bit iffy at times, and there are a few mysteries that go unsolved by the end.
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