Review! The Last Dragon Charmer: Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay

Hello blogoshpere! How are you tonight?

I just got back from karate. I am really excited because I am going to be testing for my junior black belt next Saturday. That will make two black belts in two different martial arts for me! WOO!

But enough about me – I am here to announce a winner! A winner of what you ask?



And the winner is —–

Nancy Viau!

Congratulations Ms. Viau! I will be emailing you to get the address you’d like your book sent to. :o)

Now on to today’s review!


Villain Keeper

By Laurie McKay

Series: Last Musketeer
352 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins on February 3, 2015

Synopsis- Caden was a son of King Axel, King of the Razzon Winterlands. He was the youngest sibling, and felt like he had to prove himself. And he planned to do it on his Quest Day to slay a dragon. Suddenly, the king, Caden’s father, wakes him up in the middle of the night saying it is Caden’s time for his quest. Where is the ceremony? Where are the people? Caden quickly runs off into the night. And then, a flash of light, and… Where is he? And why is Brynne, the young sorceress whom hates Caden, there with him? Why is there no magic? And why are there no dragons in this land of Carolina of the North (AKA North Carolina)? This is all too strange!

What I thought- This was a cool book. There is a unique mixture of medieval characters, magical objects, and a modern-day setting. The characters are well-thought out and realistic. They make you feel like you are there with them as they traverse throughout North Carolina. Ms. McKay has a great writing style. It engages you and draws you into the story. I would like to read more of Ms. McKay’s writing. The humor in the book kept me laughing throughout it, as Caden tried to adjust to living in our modern-day dimension. The mystery of the teachers at the school really added a great touch to the overall story. It is a solid start to this new series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms.fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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16 replies

  1. Two black belts…AWESOME! M-man is a purple belt at the moment. I’ll tell him you’re testing next week! As to the book…medieval and humor? Good combo!

  2. Congratulations on two black belts!! You are awesome. I also like the combo of medieval and humour. (note Canadian spelling of humour)

  3. Congratulations Nancy Viau, on getting involved with that missing carrot cake inspection. Enjoy! Villain Keeper sounds great. I love the idea of a kid coming to the modern world instead of the usual vice-versa. Would love to read it. Giveaway today? No? Rats!

    OH, and congratulations to the two-belt kung fu-master!! I *bow* to your skill. Erik, I once-upon-a-time took karate lessons and they are not easy, especially getting a black belt – let alone TWO!! I am wondering if there is anything you cannot do. More power (no pun intended) to you. YOU. ARE. AWE. SOME. 🙂

  4. Boo!


    I mean: Congratulations Nancy! 😉

  5. Wow I didn’t know you trained in two martial arts Erik. I ave but not black belts in both. Go you! Slay that dragon.

  6. How long does it take to get a black belt? That seems really cool. I’ve been asking my mom to sign me up for Tae Kwan Do. These books look good. I just got the 7 Wonders and Isle of the Lost. If you say this one is good I’m getting it too.

  7. Congrats to Nancy for winning and to Erik for earning TWO black belts!!! That takes dedication and commitment. Villain Keeper sounds like an interesting read.

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