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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Zelspar and the Magicians: The Legend of the Dragon Child, Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait combines two story lines to form a captivating children’s fantasy read. In the book, Zelspar, a powerful and wise dragon, sets out on a quest to defeat the evil magician, Flegmorr, and finally remove the threat of dark magic that is a danger to his people and friends. The mission results in another distressing responsibility but Zelspar cannot abandon his fate. As Ms. Lenonne tells the story of the dragons to her attentive listeners, she can only hope that from the group there will rise a student willing to learn from her. Forrest, however, is skeptical at first. Could the dragons truly be real? Still, something keeps taking him back to listen to more of Ms. Lenonne’s stories.
Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait’s Zelspar and the Magicians is the third book in the The Legend of the Dragon Child series. To deliver an effective transition between book 2 and book 3, Cowperthwait offers snippets of the previous story. Additionally, the dialogues in the book are entertaining; they help move the story forward since they are descriptive and add bits of humor. The combination of the two main plots adds variation, which gives the story its ability to fascinate. Zelspar and the Magicians contains various peaks in the plot and the culmination is not just centered at the end. This creates a variety of suspenseful points. The book is fascinating for every reader who loves dragon stories and the writing is accessible to young readers.