After playing a forbidden spell-song to save a village from rats, 12-year-old piper Patch Brightwater is thrown in jail. But there he meets Wren – a noble girl under a rat-shaped curse – and together they befriend Barver, a fearsome dracogriff, and set off on a grand adventure filled with sorcerers, dragons, bandits…and one very deadly enemy.
From the depths of the Tiviscan dungeons to the highest peak of Gemspar Mountain, this stunning book reminds us of the soaring joy of adventure, the captivating danger of magic, and of the delight of finding friends in unexpected places.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by US Borne YA in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
There are times when all you want to do is go back to the uncomplicated reading and stories of our childhood – and I couldn’t believe that I found exactly that and oh so much more in A Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick.
Based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin; this book, the first in a series; begins with Patch Brightwater, an apprentice Piper who tries to help a village overrun with rats but he does so by using a song that has been banned.
This ends up with him the dungeons of Tiviscan with absolutely no hopes of escaping – when he makes a new friend with a human who has been cursed to live as a rat aka Wren – and is locked up next to the infamous Hamelin Piper – who led the children of humans and dragons alike & no one has ever been able to find them.
Oh did I forget to mention that this retelling of Pied Piper also has dragons living in an uneasy truce with the humans? Oh yes! Does this make this retelling a thousand times better than any other retelling? HECK YASS!!
When the dragons break the uneasy truce by attacking the dungeons to free the Piper to find out what he has done to dragon children – it means that Patch (and Wren) are able to escape their prison. While they are on the run, they encounter a half dragon, half griffin; A DRACOGRIFF– and that means its adventure time!
I adored everything about this retelling – first let’s say kudos to the author for picking up a fairytale that is not in the mainstream for retelling & second, the writing style of the author just sucks you in – case in point, I am 27 years old; and I read this middle grade book in like 2 days of starting it 😀
And the twists and turns just kept coming; and I am so freaking excited to see where the author takes Patch and his friends to!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5