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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Emerald Dragon of Nital is the second book in the Dragons of Nital series by Vik Walker. Nathan is a Dragon Guardian who has an amazing dream that he is flying as a dragon, soaring through the clouds until he starts to fall. Picturing his imminent death when he crash lands, he is woken from his dream by Levithius, a Dragon Slayer who had tried to kill him just months earlier. After realizing that Levithius has been entering Nathan’s dreams to replace them with the dying moments of the dragons Levithius has slain, Nathan quickly meets up with his best friend, Pinnip (an elf), Gimblet (a troll who owns a book store) and Bortbach (a troll who teaches defence). Due to Nathan’s vulnerability when he sleeps, the Order of Magic sends Zaaz – a Dream Weaver which looks like a rather deformed cat with a very big nose – to watch over Nathan. Zaaz is disgusted when he is fed sloppy foods off the floor (he only likes steak and asparagus), is ‘man-handled’ by Nathan’s mother (she had pet him, thinking he was a cat), is asked to poop in a litter box filled with sand, and is told he has to go to the vet. Nathan and Pinnip, in preparation for hatching the second dragon’s egg, are sent to Gobabog (a gnome who creates magic) to protect them from the stench surrounding the sacred egg.
I found myself laughing out loud in many places. The misunderstandings between Zaaz and Nathan are constant and their exchanges are quite humorous, yet rather befuddling to the trolls. All of the characters are enchanting, with Vik Walker making it so easy to visualize each scene - almost as if I were watching a film rather than reading a book. The Emerald Dragon of Nital has homed in on my curiosity of the other books in this series. I applaud Vik Walker’s amazing writing skills which have piqued that curiosity, especially since it is a rare talent indeed. The ‘dictionary’ at the end of the book, defining the English translation of all of the insults from troll language, was the perfect way to end such an amazing tale.