Thank you so much to Dylan Roche for sharing his debut with me! I am all for supporting authors and sharing great books with my students.
No matter how long he has yearned to escape his boring life as an ordinary teenager, nothing can prepare James Shannassy for the afternoon when he meets a figment bird called Archit and the two of them set off for the world of Nalgordia to break a centuries-old curse. Being the hero of his own fantasy adventure isn’t exactly what James expected it to be, but when he finds himself caught up in an epic fight against a force of evil, he knows he might be the only one able to stop it. Archit’s fate now rests entirely in his hands…and there’s no turning back now!
I’m typically not one who loves fantasy, but I loved how the first chapter pulls you in. I’ve come to learn that I do enjoy some thrill and on-the-edge-of-your-seat books though. Roche does a wonderful job of doing just that. James is running for his dear life in the opening chapter and as a reader, you naturally think… “Why?! What is going on!” I love action-packed starts rather than slow-and-steady with this kind of genre. The purple bird’s name is Archit, and I just loved him and James’ relationship from start-to-finish. Even though James had no idea what kind of chaotic “journey” he was getting himself involved in, the two learned so much from one another. This story had so many fantastical characters like mermaids, fairies, snowmen, ogres, horrifying beasts, and so much more. I would highly suggest this book for readers who loved Smith’s Mulrox and the Malcognitos. Based on some of the references and language throughout, I would recommend this book for grade 8 and up!
About the Author
Editor, journalist, playwright, novelist, teacher…Dylan lives many different lives, but at the heart of each one of them is a need to engage an audience, tell a good story, motivate thought, inspire creativity, broaden horizons, and have a little fun along the way. Throughout his career, he has served as a newspaper editor, playwright, theater director, journalist, and community advocate. His first novel, The Purple Bird, a fantasy geared toward young adults, came out in March 2019, and his
plays have been produced onstage by Children’s Theatre of Annapolis and Colonial Players. When he’s not writing or creating, you can usually find him going for obscenely long-distance runs or going on adventures with his canine companion, Tyrion the corgi.
Don’t we all need a great escape nowadays? What is your favorite escape book you’ve read recently? Share with me below!