Zelspar and the Magicians

The Legend of the Dragon Child Book 3

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
251 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2019
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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.

K.C. Finn

Zelspar and the Magicians is a work of fantasy and adventure fiction for children penned by author Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait, and forms the third book in the Legend of the Dragon Child series. Continuing from the previous adventures of Kaida, the girl born to dragons and the original Dragon Child, this new instalment sees new characters and lore entering the scene. Flitting between our current story time line and the age of Dragons, an epic battle is afoot as Zelspar, the noble white dragon, attempts to rid the world of darkness and evil. What follows is an uprising and magical battle like no other as past and present collide for the Dragon Child and those she loves.

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Kaida and her fantastic world, and author Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait is certainly ready to expand her fantasy land into new dimensions with this continuation of the story. Though it deviates a little from the central plot so far, the information we get about the Dragon world, their lore and their magical battles is vital to the present day tale we have been following. The Teller of the Tales is also an interesting new character for young people to read about, unveiling her secrets as the story progresses. Once again, Cowperthwait shines with strong imaginative prose that leaps off the page, bringing traditional fantasy writing and new innovations together to produce a really satisfying story for her audience. Overall, I’d once again recommend Zelspar and the Magicians as an excellent work of children’s fantasy fiction.