Work in progress

This is the work in progress from Link Choi, the illustrator of The Dragon Brothers trilogy. It's the tense moment when the boys finally reach the dragon's cave near the top of the mountain. It's the 'what are we going to do now?' moment. 

Link has a great understanding of the different journeys of the boys and the dog as they go on this adventure. They all experience it in different ways. Flynn, being the eldest, is frightened and anxious much of the time, where Paddy is too young to realise the danger they are in. Of course the dog thinks everything is great fun, including being chased by a fire breathing dragon. 

It's great to see an artist at work, and the interpretation of your words come to life in the mind of the artist. Link also has the gift of leaving much to the imagination of the reader too - we don't see the face of the parents, yet we feel their love and concern. The love in the boys' home is there to see in the way they sleep so soundly in their beds at the end of the book. 

It's going to be a great journey. Good to have Link on board. 

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Louise Ward

Wardini Books and RNZ critic

"The plot is thrilling, the setting at once idyllic and dangerous. Readers will be inspired to leave their devices and see what they can see from the top of a tree, to go outside, look for dragons, and have adventures as breathtaking as Paddy, Flynn and Briar."

Adele Broadbent

"Part 3 in this heart-pounding adventure is sure to please Dragon Defenders fans. An Unfamiliar Place pounds the young brothers with new challenges, but with their feathered accomplice (Lightning the falcon) along for the ride, they battle through and never give up! The story stands on its own but the digital side of this great Kiwi series is a wonderful bonus. Loved it!"

Charlotte McKay

Judge, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

"Told at a rip-roaring pace with feats of incredible daring, masterful guile, and heart-stopping action. This is the book the fans have been waiting for!"

Eileen Merriman

award-winning author of A Trio of Sophies and Pieces of You

"A fast-paced action adventure that will have readers hanging on until the last page."

Tom E. Moffatt

award-winning author of Barking Mad and Mind-Swapping Madness

"An earth-shattering adventure of seismic proportions. You might need to feign sickness so you can finish it in one sitting."

Jenna Todd

NZ Book Awards Judge, Time Out Books manager

"I had so much fun reading this. It’s a rollicking adventure with a loveable cast of brave heroes."
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