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The 1-line Review:
Action and adventure are abound in a book even better than the first.
The longer review:
The Watcher of Zargon built upon the strong foundation built by Ben the Dragonborn. It was hard to put this book down, reading one chapters became eight as I tried to stretch my lunch breaks to get more reading in. Much less takes place at the school as Ben, Allison, and new student Mack are quickly dropped into Zargon. The rest of the story became a back and forth of
Zargonian war, family feuds, and diplomacy written in a way that is understandable and appropriate for the intended reader (juvenile) while still being very entertaining for an adult reader.
I think the greatest improvements from book one stem from the growth of the author. Ben and Allison’s feelings and actions more accurately portray their age (14-15 years old) in this book. I felt they, particularly Ben, acted a bit younger than 13-14 year olds in the previous book. The Watcher of Zargon also has much better chapter to chapter flow than its predecessor; it sheds some of the episodic feel of the last book.
By the end of this book, readers of the six world series have journeyed with ben through 3 worlds, with the promise of an adventure on an unexplored world in the next installment. I certainly hope we get a story into each of the remaining worlds that have not been traversed by Ben and Allison.
Where the book lost half a star:
I’d say my only wish for for a bit more length to the stories. A little more dialogue and a interpersonal development will go a long way for the coming stories. I think any youngins’ reading the next installment will already be invested in the series and be able to take a little more complexity without losing interest.
A series that is picking up speed and worth coming back to again!