Isle of Dragons

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/28/2020
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Author Biography

Author L.A. Thompson knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age. She longed to create worlds and characters that would draw people in and transport them to another time and place, which she achieves in her novel Isle of Dragons.

L.A. loves fantasy and witchcraft and by combining those elements in her stories with different historical periods, she creates a world that’s in an industrial era caught between technology and magic, exploring the two’s unique interplay.

L.A. believes that characters are the central driving force of any good story. She likes to create characters that are deeply flawed and complex. She hopes that her readers can be transported to another world of magic through her books, yet also find a story that’s rooted in a strong sense of family connections, no matter the form that may take.

When she’s not creating magical worlds of dragons and adventure, the author enjoys Tai Chi and reading the latest fantasy novels. L.A. lives in a seaside town on the coast of Australia along with her 16-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rosie with another Corgi puppy on the way. Isle of Dragons is her debut YA novel, the first in a planned trilogy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Isle of Dragons is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and magical adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author L. A. Thompson. Intended for the young adult age range, this work is the opening in a trilogy that introduces us to a whole new world of pseudo-medieval kingdoms, magical customs, and plenty of fast-paced action. Our heroine is Jade Sol, whose world is torn apart when her father is banished to a far off land where it is rumored the magic is wild and deadly. Determined to rescue him, Jade finds herself alone in the big wide world for the very first time, until help comes from the most unusual of places.

Author L. A. Thompson has crafted a truly excellent work of fantasy adventure which will not only captivate its younger intended audience but extend into those young at heart readers who want to live out the rebellious adventures of a teen with a determined heart and fire in her belly. One of the things which I most enjoyed about this work was the worldbuilding, setting itself up nicely for an expansive trilogy in a cinematically described and wide-reaching world of fiefs, monarchs, deceptions, politics, magical lore, and gorgeous landscapes. I was with Jade every step of the way, and the emotional quality of the narrative made for some excellent heart-in-mouth moments when you really root for her to succeed. Overall, I would definitely recommend Isle of Dragons as a promising start to a rip-roaring new series for YA fantasy fans everywhere.

Liz Konkel

Isle of Dragons by L.A. Thompson blends medieval and high fantasy elements for a magical adventure about inner power and discovery. Jade is banished when the royal court decides that she's been too defiant, which puts her on a journey to search for a magical realm of dragons. Her parents left on the same trip to find the isle and now Jade must find her way through the dangers to find them. With the help of a kind family when her pod breaks down, she uncovers the true power of magic and is put on the path to finding a mysterious Mechanic that can help her fix her pod. The closer she gets to the isle the more powerful the magic is that she uncovers. Jade's journey sends her deeper into the court's sights as she discovers secrets they have buried and soon learns their marvelous creations could cause more harm than good.

The creativity and originality that L.A. Thompson breathes into this world bring it to life through a world of mechanical creations, dragons, magic, and adventure. The setting is a blend of fantasy with magical elements mixed with medieval and steampunk aspects that are seen through the strictness of the royal court and the mechanical creations. The mythology of the story is rooted in the existence of the isle of dragons and it makes up the heart of Jade's journey. The family is her first introduction to magic and gives a sweet center to the story with how they open their home to her. This creates a lightness in Jade's journey and fills it with hope. The mysterious Mechanic is the next step in her journey in order to get her pod fixed, which creates another obstacle in her journey. The isle gives her the opportunity to embrace a sense of freedom and power she never could have had within the confines of the royal court. The isle contributes to Jade's inner journey to discovering her own power which takes the story in a surprising direction at the end. Isle of Dragons is a thrilling fantasy adventure that weaves a unique world with medieval and steampunk elements and dragons, magic, mechanical inventions, and power.

Grace Masso

Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson is the first book in a trilogy and a well-written story for fans of young adult fantasy. It is a book that is set on solid and magical ground and it follows Jade Sol, a sixteen-year-old girl who is on the run after her father is exiled by the royal court. She vows to save her father and, perhaps, restore her family’s nobility. As she seeks answers, she must rely on her wits and guts, and as she uncovers the lies and dark secrets of the royal court, she becomes increasingly convinced of the dangers the court poses to the world. Can she navigate dangerous, unfamiliar terrain and save what is most important to her, her family, and the world?

This is a well-crafted story with a memorable young female protagonist. It is one of the few books that I put down regretting the wait for the next title in the series, and this is because of the author’s careful handling of the characters and the world-building. It was fun following Jade Sol and her companions, Miria and Dan. The author demonstrates diligence in writing both the major and minor characters. The story features magic and readers who enjoy magical creatures, especially dragons, are in for a treat. The author’s ability to write about the dangers latent in any promised salvation and the sense of unavoidable and unpredictable events makes this novel a lovely read. The descriptions are detailed, the dialogues lively, and the plot points strong enough to move the story forward. Isle of Dragons is a magical tale that is hard to put down, filled with adventure and a young character’s quest to right a terrible wrong committed against her family.

Rabia Tanveer

Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson is the first book in a new fantasy/young adult series. Jade Sol is not the regular sixteen-year-old girl. She belongs to a family that is not on the good side of the royal court. She is banished by her family, but it is her father who is exiled by the royal court to a place where magic is dangerous and untamed. She needs to save her father before he is lost and never to be found. The issue: this is not the only thing she needs to worry about it. She realizes that the royal court doesn’t just have a vendetta against her family. They have higher ambitions, and her family is in their way. How will Jade be able to save her father? Or will she be too late to do anything for her family?

What a great start to a really entertaining new series! Jade is a go-getter; she is not someone who is on standby and lets someone else do all the work. She fights with all she has. In the beginning, she is a little immature and a little too naïve. However, as Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson progresses, you can see the change in her stance and how she acts. She matures quickly and starts to understand that she needs to grow up quickly. She fights the odds, and she rises victorious. Her relationship with Miria is special. They stay together, support each other, and overall make sure they are steadfast against a very powerful adversary. I literally cannot wait to see what else is in store for us with future novels.

Vincent Dublado

A young adult fantasy about a girl on the run to redeem her family’s rightful place, L.A. Thompson’s Isle of Dragons begins with Jade of House Sol operating a giant metal centipede edging through the forest with thick, heavy snow impeding its movement. A dozen soldiers led by a freckled woman of imposing height are on Jade’s trail. Luckily saved by a young magician named Miria Atkins, Jade asks for her help, explaining that her father, Baron Carison Sol, is missing and that she needs to get to the Isle of Dragons. Long before her father disappeared, the servants of the crown have always been after the baron, finding any reason to make him fall out of favor. As the kingdom of Vansh upholds its crusade against dragons, Jade, with the help of newfound allies, will uncover the truth. Here she learns that it is not just her family’s fate that is at stake but the entire world.

By and large, the characters behave consistently according to their alignment of being good or evil. Jade’s motivations hinge on restoring her family’s honor that has allegedly fallen from disrepute after her father was accused of defying King Jarrod’s orders. It is logical that Jade is willing to go to any lengths given that many lives are at stake if she does not uncover the truth. For the most part, Isle of Dragons has an entertaining and gripping plot made more compelling by a spunky heroine. L.A. Thompson keeps the element of tech and magic in balance, and the ending will likely whet your appetite to read the next installment. Taut pacing and the character-driven plot make this young adult novel a worthwhile read.

Stephanie Chapman

Isle of Dragons by L.A. Thompson is filled with a combination of mystical and futuristic mechanical engineering. The story opens with Jade of House Sol fleeing from the Royal Guard in a stolen mechanical centipede. While hiding in the underbrush, a dragon interferes with the search party until a mystical woman appears and runs off the animal. Accused of being a witch, the woman vanishes in a cloud of smoke. Jade follows her and thanks the mystery woman. Miria Atkins, astonished that Jade isn't afraid of magic, decides to bring Jade to her home where the family quickly welcomes her until she reveals her destination. Jade is looking for her missing father and believes he has been taken to the Isle of Dragons. The Atkins family fully supports Jade's mission, but it seems Miria has an ulterior motive. Jade, Miria, and her brother Dan go on a quest to tame a dragon to fly them to the mystical island, hopefully avoiding the Royal Guard that is in hot pursuit.

I found this a nicely written first book of the Isle of Dragons series. The scenery and characters are detailed in a way that allowed me to envision the conditions they faced. I particularly liked how L.A. Thompson incorporated the back story that introduced twists about interpersonal relationships. The Atkins family dynamics were filled with humor and assisted with the understanding of why venturing to the Isle of Dragons is almost an impossible feat. The ending of the book was done perfectly to allow for the sequel to seamlessly pick up without reintroducing the reasons each character had for their actions. I would definitely recommend this story to young and adult readers as it has no excessive violence, profanity, and explicit scenes.

Jessica Barbosa

Isle of Dragons is a young adult fantasy by L. A. Thompson. Jade of House Sol is on the run. Her father, Carison Sol, is missing and she believes he has been taken to the Isle of the Dragons. There is a problem though; the Isle of the Dragons is supposedly nothing more than a fairytale, a bedtime story for children. Still, Jade perseveres and pushes through, determined to be reunited with her father. Through her search, she finds out the many secrets and lies hidden by the royal court. She finds herself in more trouble than she initially thought. Jade may need to use all her wits and courage to get through it alive.

Jade Sol is a determined, brave, clever, and appealing protagonist of Isle of Dragons by L.A. Thompson. From the very start, she captured my attention as she runs away from Kaylen and her group. She is resourceful and smart as she keeps hidden and displays great people instincts when she decides to follow Miria and ask for her help. The story is a fast-paced adventure that constantly kept me on the edge of my seat and hooked on every scene. I was mesmerized by the fantastical elements present in the narrative and the setting is incredible! I loved Jade’s giant metal centipede and also the general mystery surrounding the species of dragons. All of these elements really added to the flair and plot of the whole book, making it such an interesting and compelling read. I also had fun following Jade and her friends’ adventures and watching them grow from their experiences. Truly, this was a superb reading experience and its ending left me wanting more. Great job!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson is the story of a banished girl. Jade Sol’s mother was murdered and her father was exiled in disgrace. Jade is banished from the family and goes on a journey to a land of wild magic, the Isle of Dragons, where she hopes to find her father. At just 16, she needs all her wits about her to survive the journey as she learns the secrets the Royal Court tried to hide. As she discovers that she and her family are under threat from the Court, she also learns that they threaten the very world that she lives in. On her journey to the Isle of Dragons, she meets with a mysterious witch and her brother and persuades them to join her on her quest. Will they be the first humans to set foot on the Isle of Dragons? Can they save themselves and the world from the Royal Court?

Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson was a good story with a decent plot. I felt it was more tailored to a younger audience but it had plenty of action in it with some worthy characters. It is a standard fantasy adventure of a journey to rescue someone from the clutches of evil but the addition of steampunk technology and lots of mechanical creatures gives it the edge over many other similar books. It moves fairly fast with few areas where little is happening and the plot definitely picks up in the latter half of the book. An entertaining read, ideal for young adult readers rather than older.

Lit Amri

In Isle of Dragons (Isle of Dragons, Book 1) by L. A. Thompson, 16- year-old Jade of House Sol is determined to rescue her father from a place that most believe only exists in myth. On the run from royal soldiers, Jade is saved by Miria Atkins when her luck almost runs out. Miria and her family offer temporary shelter and a hiding place for the young ousted noble as she discovers that the Atkins family is also missing two of their family members. Despite the odds and the unknown danger, Miria and her brother Dan agree to join Jade on a journey to the Isle of Dragons. It's their first quest that could be their last if they are not careful.

Book 1 of L. A. Thompson's Isle of Dragons series introduces central characters, their world, and the magic around them. The world-building is a combination of steampunk wonder of mechanical beasts, shapeshifters, and the popular creatures of the fantasy world; dragons. Jade, Miria, and Dan are young and refreshing heroic figures, notable for their determination and love for their family and comrades. Their flaws and strengths balance each other out when it comes to making important decisions during suspenseful, dramatic scenes. The trouble starts with the dragons' attacks, and it seems to be further escalated when Jade's father, Carison, decided to rebuild his estate and help his people rather than support the kingdom's effort to battle the mighty creatures. There are secrets and evil intentions behind the incidents, and they help add complexity and depth to the steady-paced plot. The epilogue promises hope but also a glimmer of darkness. All in all, it's an enjoyable epic fantasy read.

Pikasho Deka

Isle of Dragons is a young adult fantasy novel written by L. A. Thompson. Sixteen-year-old Jade of House Sol finds herself on the run after Duchess Ida Roland banishes her father from the realm of Vansh under sedition charges. Hunted by the King's Guard, Jade finds some much-needed respite with Miria Atkins, a young witch who rescues Jade and provides her with food and shelter. Miria's grandparents, Tarin and Gila, embrace Jade as one of their own and teach her ways to control her dormant powers while Jade works on her mechanical pod alongside Miria's younger brother, Dan. But repeated attacks by dragons on the villages force Jade and her friends to undertake a dangerous journey to the Isle of Dragons, where unfolding events may soon change the world forever.

Fast-paced and wondrously imaginative, L. A. Thompson's Isle of Dragons is a highly entertaining novel that fantasy lovers are bound to enjoy. With quirky and colorful characters, an engaging plot, and a deliciously crafted world, L. A. Thompson's adventure tale pulls you in for a wild and fantastical ride that you just don't want to get off. I found the friendship between Jade, Miria, and Dan endearing, and the dynamic between them felt joyous to read. Considering the fact that Isle of Dragons is the first entry in the series, I am curious as to where L. A. Thompson takes Carrison Sol's arc in the sequels. Overall, I enjoyed Isle of Dragons, and I would recommend it to readers who love young adult adventure novels.

Samantha Gregory

Isle of Dragons by L. A. Thompson is the story of Jade Sol, a sixteen-year-old girl living in a world where steampunk technology and magic combine. She is on a mission to rescue her father who has been arrested and sent to the Isle of Dragons. She soon enlists the help of Miria and Dan, siblings who are facing their own problems. Their parents once went looking for the Isle of the Dragons and never returned. But now, together, these three friends will journey into the unknown. They have to learn to work together as a team so they can get to where they need to be and rescue Jade's father. The story grabs you from the first page and the author really paints a picture with the descriptions, especially the mechanical creations that feature in it.

L. A. Thompson has written an entertaining story with Isle of Dragons. It is an interesting mix of steampunk and epic fantasy which has a solid story at the heart of it. The characters were well written, as was the dialogue. The story slowed down a little in places, but I did still want to know what happened, so I kept reading. I think this could be a great series and that it will appeal to epic fantasy and steampunk fans. While it is listed as Young Adult, because of the characters' ages, I do think it will appeal to adults too because it is a good story. I would recommend it.