Rise of the Dragon Moon

Rise of the Dragon Moon

The ice never forgives.The ice never forgets.Princess Toli may be heir to the throne, but she longs to be a fierce hunter and warrior. Alone in a frozen world, her queendom is at the mercy of the dragons that killed her father, and Toli is certain it’s only a matter of time before they come back to destroy what’s left of her family.When the dragons rise and seize her mothe...

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Title:Rise of the Dragon Moon
Author:Gabrielle K. Byrne
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Edition Language:English

Rise of the Dragon Moon Reviews

  • Julie

    I was thrilled to read a pre-release version of this awesome middle grade fantasy. An interesting world, an awesome ensemble cast led by Anatolia Strongarm, and DRAGONS! A compulsive read.

  • Kelly Coon

    This story is absolutely magical. I didn't realize how much I needed iridescent, talking dragons in my life until I read RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON. Toli, the 12-year-old mc is fierce, but harbors a terrible secret that both motivates her and threatens her ability to trust the ones she loves. Byrne's world-building was PERFECTION, too. I felt freezing cold in the queendom, surrounded by the ice, and hot in the dragon's lair. The kicker? Flying high over the frozen landscape clutched in a dragon's t

    This story is absolutely magical. I didn't realize how much I needed iridescent, talking dragons in my life until I read RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON. Toli, the 12-year-old mc is fierce, but harbors a terrible secret that both motivates her and threatens her ability to trust the ones she loves. Byrne's world-building was PERFECTION, too. I felt freezing cold in the queendom, surrounded by the ice, and hot in the dragon's lair. The kicker? Flying high over the frozen landscape clutched in a dragon's talon. I highly recommend!!!!!!!

  • Gita Trelease

    I felt the temperature drop around me as I read the opening pages of RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON and entered a harshly beautiful world of ice and snow—and ferocious, talking dragons. Set in the northern queendom of Ire, whose queen has vanished to deal with the threat the dragons pose, her daughter Toli, haunted by her own failings, must leave safety behind to find her mother. As Toli determinedly ventures farther into her frozen country, she’s joined by a charming cast of characters who refuse to l

    I felt the temperature drop around me as I read the opening pages of RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON and entered a harshly beautiful world of ice and snow—and ferocious, talking dragons. Set in the northern queendom of Ire, whose queen has vanished to deal with the threat the dragons pose, her daughter Toli, haunted by her own failings, must leave safety behind to find her mother. As Toli determinedly ventures farther into her frozen country, she’s joined by a charming cast of characters who refuse to let her go it along—including one adorable and unexpected ride-along. But the path they take will be full of perils...

    Gabrielle Byrne’s gorgeous writing and astonishing imagination create a feast for the senses. Her characters are beautifully drawn and her dragons are like none I have ever encountered: utterly unique and so very real. Meeting up with one of them is not for the faint of heart, and Toli faces that challenge and more in this beautifully thrilling story of adventure and self-discovery.

  • Heather

    RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON by Gabrielle Byrne is a book with so much heart (and my heart skipped happy and fast when I got to read it before its release)! Set in the snow-covered Queendom of Gall, I shivered while reading the passages describing the ice-cold surroundings. But the next moment, I warmed all over at Toli’s stubborn resolve and the way her friends wriggled past all her attempts to face things alone. This story is full of adventure and humor, regret and love, acceptance and friendship.

    RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON by Gabrielle Byrne is a book with so much heart (and my heart skipped happy and fast when I got to read it before its release)! Set in the snow-covered Queendom of Gall, I shivered while reading the passages describing the ice-cold surroundings. But the next moment, I warmed all over at Toli’s stubborn resolve and the way her friends wriggled past all her attempts to face things alone. This story is full of adventure and humor, regret and love, acceptance and friendship. And the dragons!! Their fire blazes through the story, both the legends surrounding them and their interactions within the world of Ire.

    RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON is so, so good!!!!

  • Carissa

    I like to describe this epically amazing MG fantasy as How to Train Your Dragon + Frozen.

    It follows the story of two princesses as they try to keep their queendom alive when their mother disappears on a quest. Set in a gorgeous, icy, dragon-threatened world, this book was both thrilling and heartwarming. I was super lucky and was one of Gabrielle’s readers for an earlier version of the book, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the final version!!!

  • Malayna Evans

    There's a lot to love about this charming book, but one word of advice: have a cozy blanket nearby before you crack it open. The writing is so crisp, and the scenes so vivid, you'll want to cuddle up as you read about the princess's daring, cold weather adventures to save her mother/people and the unexpected friendships she develops along the way. I mean sure, you've met other dragons in other books. But you haven't met these dragons. And trust me, you'll want to.

  • Kip

    This was the perfect book to read during a January snowstorm, but the atmospheric setting will surely come through even if you read it in August. Toli was such a realistic heroine, faults and all, and the cast of supporting characters (that includes some excellent antagonists) round out the whole story. I'll admit that my favorite character was a certain dragon! Best of all, the writing was absolutely gorgeous, capturing the gorgeous setting with words to match. A great read for all MG fantasy a

    This was the perfect book to read during a January snowstorm, but the atmospheric setting will surely come through even if you read it in August. Toli was such a realistic heroine, faults and all, and the cast of supporting characters (that includes some excellent antagonists) round out the whole story. I'll admit that my favorite character was a certain dragon! Best of all, the writing was absolutely gorgeous, capturing the gorgeous setting with words to match. A great read for all MG fantasy and adventure fans!

  • Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review.

    Let’s start off with that absolutely gorgeous cover! I love it and I know it will attract a lot of readers to it. It really gives you an overall feel of the book too. This is a book full of adventure and of course dragons. It has a strong female protagonist, who is also feisty and brave.

    Toli is the sole narrator of this story, and it was a delight to spend time with her. She has her flaws, she was deeply aff

    ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review.

    Let’s start off with that absolutely gorgeous cover! I love it and I know it will attract a lot of readers to it. It really gives you an overall feel of the book too. This is a book full of adventure and of course dragons. It has a strong female protagonist, who is also feisty and brave.

    Toli is the sole narrator of this story, and it was a delight to spend time with her. She has her flaws, she was deeply affected by her father’s death, which she feels guilty about as well. She is not afraid to stand up for herself when it counts, and is very brave to undertake the journey to the mountains on her own. Toli is surrounded by many caring adults, who would have been happy to help her, but of course she doesn’t go that route. She does grudgingly accept the help of her younger sister and friend Wix, and it was a good thing she did too. They both contributed a great deal to their survival on the trip. I really liked both of these characters as well. They were a great support for Toli on her journey.

    The world this story is set in is very interesting. It is similar to the Arctic, in that it appears to be frozen all of the time, with very little sunlight. I was a little bit confused with the references to the Daughter Moon and the Father Moon. Were they both moons? or was one of them a sun? There is nothing mentioned about a sun, but the Father Moon seemed like that was what it was? A little confusing. But otherwise a very creative and well done world, with interesting creatures and plants to populate it.

    Which brings us to the dragons. They were very fierce creatures, with their own culture and issues. There were some very evil dragons and some that seemed to be good, and of course some that you are never quite sure about, like the Queen Mother. They all had very distinct personalities, which I really enjoyed. Little Ruby, the baby dragon Toli finds and rescues, was just adorable. Being a baby she had no clue about the issues between the humans and dragons. So she attached herself to Toli, because she was kind to her. Loved the relationship that developed between them.

    The overall plot and writing were good. The pacing and flow were good. I had a hard time putting the book down as I was just as excited as the characters about the journey and how everything was going to work out in the end. There were a couple of instances where the narrative stalled or got confusing, but for the most part the writing was quite good. The plot kept you invested in the characters and the outcome of the story as well.

    This is a stand alone, but the ending was open ended enough for there to be a series. I certainly hope so. I would love to see how Toli grows into her new role and what happens to her and the dragons. A good debut middle grade book that will be enjoyed by many dragon fans.

  • Beth Cato

    I received an advance ebook through NetGalley.

    This charming middle grade adventure explores an icy queendom where the seasonal visits of dragons leave humans wary and fearful. Princess Toli isn't even a teenager yet, but she knows the weight of guilt and loss--the year before, her father was killed by dragons, and Toli knows it was all her fault. She's determined to be a fierce hunter to protect her people, especially her younger sister, Petal. But when her mother the Queen is captured by dragon

    I received an advance ebook through NetGalley.

    This charming middle grade adventure explores an icy queendom where the seasonal visits of dragons leave humans wary and fearful. Princess Toli isn't even a teenager yet, but she knows the weight of guilt and loss--the year before, her father was killed by dragons, and Toli knows it was all her fault. She's determined to be a fierce hunter to protect her people, especially her younger sister, Petal. But when her mother the Queen is captured by dragons, Toli discovers that dragons are as complex as human beings--though still far more dangerous.

    There's so much to love about this book. First of all, the original snow-bound secondary world is great fun, with unique perils (beetles! the cold!) and a fascinating, distinct human culture. Second, DRAGONS. Can't help but love a book with well done dragons, and there's an especially cute one named Ruby who threatens to steal the whole show. Third, Toli. She's a complicated, realistic kid who is dealing with heavy grief and self-hatred. She's trying so hard, and she manages to antagonize the people who really loves best, like her mom, sister, and best friend. I especially enjoyed how her relationship with Petal changed throughout the book. Fourth, the pace. This is a fast read with lots of action, and the emotional growth is perfectly paced throughout.

    Apparently, this book stands alone for now, but I hope it sells well and the author gets a full series. This world has incredible potential to be explored!

  • MayorEmma

    I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The premise was interesting... it just didn't live up to my expectations as a dragon book. The guilt part seemed kind of weak to me and like are the dragons ever going to be good?

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