An epic adventure that takes place during a time period when Dragons were alive and freely roamed the land.
The people during this time were getting eaten by a vicious species of Dragons. The ruling King finally orders the total annihilation of all living dragons.
A powerful wizard, named Merlinus, who is a friend to the king, does not agree with the Kings order, for Merlinus knows all Dragons are not what they seem. So he does what he must to protect a family of Dragons that he had befriended. And to protect his Dragon friends, Melinus performs the spell of weightlessness and tells the Dragons to fly up and to hide in the cover of the Clouds. He then gives the Dragons strict instruction to live within the clouds and to only come down at night to eat.
An apprentice to the wizard who has grandeur of his own has a plan for Dragons that he has hidden deep within a mountain cavern. Now enters a young boy, who had also befriended a dragon, though a very young one, suddenly find themselves caught between the Kings order and a battle that has begun between two species of Dragons. A battle that would determine control of the skies above the Kingdom of Albian.
This Apprentice’s plan has consequences that may bring the Kingdom and perhaps the very world we live in today to a devastating end.
David begins a fantasy adventure that rivals the best of them. We journey to the land of Albion and learn of the duplicity of dragons – those who eat people and those who have been granted the spell of being able to fly – thanks to the wizardry of one Meriinius. The plot involves the misguided laws against dragons by King Arturus (just one of the fine bits of parody in the author’s writing!), the salvation of the cloud-housed dragons, the impact of the young apprentice, David, and the conversations among the dragons and with the human characters make this explanation of the secret of thunder and lightning a treasure. The story is brief (just over 100 pages) making it the right size for the intended audience of ages 8 – 12 years, while at the same time offering a quick read for adults who still treasure imagination. – Grady Harp
Geared toward ages 8-12, Dragons in the Clouds by David Blair is a captivating tale that features dragons and much more in the way of fantasy. An adventure story that takes place during a mystical time when dragons were a part of everyday life, this tale weaves itself in and out of trouble. There are dragons who eat other dragons, a wizard named Merlinus, ( a take on Merlin), and a king who wants to eliminate all dragons because he thinks they are all dangerous. A magical part of the story is that Merlinus gives the at risk dragons the ability to become weightless and to hide in the clouds, only to come down when they eat. However, their world is still not without danger, as you will soon see as you read along in this adventurous book. With writing that will grab your attention, a fast pace, plenty of problems to solve, and fun characters, this is an entertaining book that will delight and captivate younger readers. Highly recommend. – V.E.
I am inclined to agree with both David Blair and J. R. Tolkien that in regards to fantasy novels, the best adventures always have dragons. This is something that I particularly enjoyed in children’s and young adult fiction, which is the age range that this book leans toward. That being said, I thought that this book was well-written, entertaining, and fun to read, regardless of age. This classic high fantasy adventure story follows the wizard Merlinus and his apprentice who are striving to save the dragons. I thought that the way that the author created his own version of Merlin to be fun and unique. My favorite part of this book was probably the friendships created between the apprentice and the dragons. This is a wonderfully magical story that makes for a lovely read. – Emerson Rose Craig