Pet Dragons and Chinese Hitmen: A Review of THE DRAGON SELLER

As soon as I settled down with The Dragon Seller, I was absorbed. It read like many of my favorite dragon stories but it puts a new spin on the dragon trope. Ferrario’s concept of dragons as pets rather than creatures used for war is unique and engaging.

The well-imagined dragons (who were adorable, too) and the vibrant writing in The Dragon Seller makes the novel a fantastic read.

Jack is your normal, everyday dragon seller until he finds a new type of dragon egg. Deciding to hatch the egg, though he’s unsure what to expect, Jack finds himself faced with the challenges of raising a playful and ever-growing dragon. The book is set in the not-too-distant future, in Utah, during a world wide drought. The story explores the importance of friendship.

Smart and fast paced, The Dragon Seller will keep you fully immersed in the clever world that Ferrario created. The author manages to seamlessly blend dragons and the modern world, a task which isn’t easy. The dialogue was punchy and realistic and the characters well-rounded. Feraro’s detailed descriptions match the pace of the story.

An example of Ferrario’s vivid characters happens when they are naming the new dragon. Jack’s love interest, Raleigh, suggests the name Whiskey, recalling what her grandfather used to say: “The most noble of liquors.” Character backstory and plot interact to make the story jump off the page.

From the moment Jack’s life is in danger on the train, at the very start of the novel, the characters and events reach out and grab the reader by the throat. The pacing matched the plot well, until the last third of the book. Toward the end, it began to feel like a separate novel, perhaps several separate novels.

Overall, this was a satisfying read that I recommend to anyone looking for a new twist on dragons. This story earns seven shiny dragon teeth (out of ten). Don’t miss this enjoyable novel.

You can read the first chapters of The Dragon Seller HERE, or buy a COPY HERE.

imageAs the Drought of the Century hits the United States, legendary creatures appear on Earth: Dragons.

Like one of the famous commercials says: “Thanks to advancements in genetic engineering, Dragons are finally out of myth, and in your local pet stores!
From playful Outbacks to unpredictable jade Tangs, these little dragons usually don’t burn much, they love fruit and don’t molest young virgins.
But they are still monsters, and Jack Ports knows this very well.
He sells all kinds of varieties in his Flight Garden, including the most dangerous of all: the American Mustang, a species of battle dragon created by a failed experiment of the U.S. Navy.

Dumped by his fiancee before the wedding and short on cash, Jack just wants to put his life back together, but after a colleague mysteriously disappears, he finds himself with a dragon egg of unknown origins.
Set on raising it, Jack discovers that the egg contains a primus, the first dragon of a new species, whose genes hide a secret that many men are looking for.

And some are willing to kill to have it.