cover image The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

Dan Elish. Vesuvian, $13.99 paper (300p) ISBN 978-1-944109-54-7

Eleven-year-old Ike Rupert Hollingsberry’s father died while starring in The Fighting Dragons, a popular television show about a modern-day group of dragon-riding knights who fight giant locusts. When Ike is attacked by an enormous locust in New York City, he discovers that the show was a cover-up for actual events—and he is the latest member of his family to join the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. Originally founded by King Arthur and the wizard Merlin, the Order is now focused on keeping big bugs from conquering the world. Along with the other knights of his generation, Ike must learn how to ride dragons into battle to fulfill a prophecy and save humankind. Elish (The Worldwide Dessert Contest) delivers a fast-paced, entertaining story with appealing characters, a healthy dose of action, and a dash of humor, but his treatment of both history and legend requires significant suspension of disbelief. Ages 8–12. Agent: Matt Bialer, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (Aug.)