The Coldfire Curse – by Jordan Quinn, illustrated by Glass House Graphics

  The Coldfire Curse – by Jordan Quinn, illustrated by Glass House Graphics. Little Simon, 2021. 9781534475007

Format: Advanced Reader’s Copy (graphic novel)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

 Genre: fantasy

 What did you like about the book? Ruskin is a young scarlet dragon who has enjoyed being spoiled as a palace pet to the prince of Wrenly.  When another young dragon named Cinder arrives seeking Ruskin’s help to reverse an evil curse that is affecting Cinder’s father and many other creatures of the kingdom, Ruskin leaps at the opportunity to explore lands beyond his palace and meet other dragons.  The two return to Cinder’s home in Crestwood, Ruskin learns he may be more than just a palace pet – there is a legend about a scarlet dragon destined to rule the land.  Ruskin and Cinder are soon sent on a quest to find ingredients for a potion, encountering mermaids and fairies, before facing down a dormant volcano.

Short chapters and an easy-to-follow graphic format are a winning combination for this first entry in the new Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly series.  Full-bleed, busy illustrations in a bright color palette will be attractive to readers, and the story certainly sets the stage for many further adventures.  The character of Ruskin might be familiar to some, but prior knowledge is not necessary.  

Anything you did not like about the book? The story of the legend, and the curse, is a little bit confusing.  Young readers will be so entranced by the action and the busy illustrations that they may just gloss over those details.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Readers of the Kingdom of Wrenly series will be excited to follow the adventures of Ruskin, and fans of easier fantasy chapter book series like DragonMasters should enjoy this new graphic novel series.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Graphic novels 

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  no

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.

Date of review: 1/28/20

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