Dragon's Tooth

Dragon's Tooth

Ashtown Burials #1
by N. D. Wilson
Library Binding, 496 pages
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For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards,returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.

N. D. Wilson writes:

From an early age, I knew I wanted to tell stories. And the foundation for everything I do was given to me by my parents as they labored to provide me with a strong classical and Christian education. I've written several novels already, but my newest one (the first in a new series with Random House) is far more closely connected to my own educational experience as a kid. In The Dragon's Tooth, my heroes, Cyrus and Antigone Smith, are brought into an ancient order of explorers where they are expected to learn Latin and read forgotten histories, where they come face-to-face with living mythology, and learn to face new evil, armed with ancient truth. No, my life wasn't nearly so exciting, and it wasn't inspired by the classics of literature the way this book is. But the same thing happened to me-I was led into a dusty library full of forgotten books, and I was trained with neglected tools. I wrote this fantastical adventure for a younger me, for a kid who always would have preferred to play baseball than study, for a kid who really didn't know what he was being given by his hard-working parents. It's a fast-paced romp through the alleys and stairwells of mythology and history, and I hope it's enjoyable for students and parents alike-for everyone involved in the great adventure of classical Christian education.

Ashtown Burials I--The Dragon's Tooth (book trailer) from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo.

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  A Fun Read
Daniel of OR, 12/31/2011
My wife and I read this book out loud together. I don't usually read fantasy books, but I have enjoyed ND Wilson's.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend the book for younger kids, because of some creepier parts, but it was very fun to read. The descriptions of places (like the old motel) were some of my favorite parts of the book.

It was also suspenseful and interesting. If you think about a few of the characters you might notice allusions to characters from history and the classics. The book had a good story line (not predictable), with lots of interesting details as well.
  Enjoyed By the Whole Family.
Miss Pickwickian of NW Oregon, 9/30/2011
A story with many threads, gripping for all ages, but with the distinct flavor of being written by an understanding father of wild boys (and/or someone who has retained boyish delight).

N.D. Wilson combines the mundaneness of American living with fantastical keys, teeth, and hidden academies. He paints interesting characters and tells the unbelievable in such a normal, unapologetic way that it sends you knee-deep before you realizes you're only sitting in a chair reading a book.

"The Dragon's Tooth" drops a few characters, which was a little annoying, but forgivable. Overall it will make you scared, sad, and happy, but most of all, eager for the next book!

"The Dragon's Tooth" is somehow both darker and more frolicking than most stories. Which is, in some ways, just how Christian fiction should be. N.D. Wilson never lapses into homilies or Scripture verses, but can't help incorporating Biblical themes and language which form part of the backbone of the book. He's a great example of a Christian author--not an author who writes "Christian fiction".

The characters were interesting and I thought Cyrus was a wonderful lead...most of his characters use snarky wit in abundance, but have multiple other differences which make them distinguishable.

His descriptions are often both unique and artistic and his musings on death make me almost ready to forgive him for writing more kid's fiction instead of more "Notes form the Tilt-a-Whirl." :-)

I haven't been reading a lot of fantasy lately and to start a book of this size, I have to trust the author. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Fiction is good for the soul. And sometimes I need a reminder. Thank you, N.D. Wilson!