Reviews

 

5/5 stars “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx: The Eyes Trilogy by Becca Mann is the first novel in The Eyes Trilogy. When you begin reading it you will get a feeling of yourself being pulled into a fantastic fantasy world. It will grab you from the beginning and you will find yourself just turning page after page after page and turning the pages until the end. There are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. After you get to the end you are going to be asking for the next novel. And then the next. This is a great fantasy and I know you will enjoy it just as I did. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more than that. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look for more from Becca Mann.” –-Coco’s book Reviews

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“The Stolen Dragon of Quanx: The Eyes Trilogy by Becca Mann. This is the first book in the Trilogy and the first book published by Becca Mann. Setting aside the accomplishments of publishing a book at the tender age of 16, the author did an excellent job of creating and developing a fantasy world and then inviting the reader into the story, almost immediately.

Her strengths are in the development of the adventures and mysteries.  She lays a path of subtle clues that are woven throughout each page and each chapter that creates excitement and anticipation as you follow the key characters on their adventure. I was captivated by the presentation and the complexity in which she was able to weave the plots together in a suspenseful way.

This is a great book for teens and pre-teens who love fantasy and adventure. She does a fantastic job of creating twists and unexpected results throughout the book and there are a number of surprises in the end, which are played out extremely well.

The book is set in a fantasy world, with a group of teens that are trying to save their world from war. There are four tribes which include tribes of both humans and dragons. The people in the novel are uniquely identified by their eyes, which is an interesting concept that is developed over the course of the book. The main characters Kale and Sawyer must learn to work together and make well thought out decisions in order to accomplish their goals and steal the dragon egg. This leads to a series of unexpected adventures as they brave the unknown to save their world.

At the end of the book I was definitely ready for the next in the series. I expect over time the author will become an incredible writer, given the high quality she has produced for her first novel, at such a young age.” –Misha Almira

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5/5 stars “Prepare to be amazed, enthralled and swept away with author Becca Mann’s The Stolen Dragon of Quanx: The Eyes Trilogy. Written to captivate the minds of younger readers, this tale of dragons in a world of fantasy knows no age limit for its audience. In a land where the color of one’s eyes denotes the tribe they belong to and their heritage, a group of teens is brought together to endure trials, travel, treacherous danger and even death. Their mission? To find and steal a priceless dragon egg from a fierce tribe of magical dragons and save their world from war and utter destruction. From different backgrounds, walks of life and filled with learned distaste or mistrust of those who are different, these teens will surmount the insurmountable, suffer loss and betrayal from their own group and learn to trust and depend on those around them.  Will they complete their mission and snatch the egg from the claws of the most powerful dragon ever? Has their quest been a true one or are there even more darkness and evil waiting for them?   Who better to know what will entice a younger reader than a young adult? With the talent and poise of a seasoned author, Becca Mann has shown her gift in astounding detail! There is reason in her style, the chaos is in the action she has conjured and her characters do more than leap off the pages, they breathe, they have emotions and that air of youthful tenacity that perfectly defines their age group.   Ms. Mann does NOT allow us to get bored, lose focus and, heaven forbid, skip a page. Every detail is necessary and you will want to know it. Every fantasy author has their own style and hook to keep their readers enthralled and Becca Mann has it in spades! Tales like this belong in every library, public, private, electronic, and every young reader should have access to a fantasy that allows them to feel part of the story. Did I like this? Do I want more from Becca Mann? Really? You have to ask? YES!!!” –Dii

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5/5 stars “This is a wonderful story for all fantasy and adventure lovers. Welcome to a unique land where people are identified by their eye color. The peace loving heroine risks her life to keep Quanx from war. The involvement of the Dragon Tribes is creative and exciting. It is a real page turner that kept me guessing the outcome all the way to the end. And once I got there I was so sorry the story ended. The title implies a trilogy so to my relief there will be more coming. This is a great holiday gift that is sure to fire up the imagination of young teens through adults.” –Karen Galvin
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5/5 stars “Becca Mann is an expert at building suspense! I read this book with my young teenage daughter. She could not wait to continue and I was right along there with her! The plot is incredibly clever and unexpected! There are so many plot twists! There is heart break along with the suspense but the grief is handled expertly. Don’t worry I wont spoil it by saying how. Nothing you think will happen – does happen. You really want those kids to steal the egg … but in order to do so, friendships must be won & lost, heartbreak endured, adventures that will cause you to keep turning pages, plot twist you’d never dream of, battles, bravery & murder. You will wonder if Sawyer is good or bad? What happens to Velvet and Tyler? What will the dragon become and what of Paka and Kale? Like me & my daughter, you will anxiously await the next book!” –Yajaira Aguilar
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“The Stolen Dragon of Quanx” is the first novel in (The Eyes Trilogy) by: Becca Mann.  After finishing  “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx,” you will be begging for it’s sequel!

Becca Mann is the author of “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx,” and what is so amazing about this young author is, her age- she’s only a teenager! She currently writes teenage children’s and young adult fiction fantasy. Becca has traveled and written in six of the seven continents, and also swims for the United States. She hopes to make it to the 2016 Olympics.

The main reason I was so excited to review “The Stole Dragon of Quanx” is because Becca Mann is so young, yet her age has not stopped her from achieving such great things early on. The fact that this genre is one of my favorites played a role as well, however I found it a great privilege to be considered to write this review. Writing a book at any age is an amazing accomplishment, let alone writing and publishing before you are old enough to vote.

Kale and Sawyer are two of the the main characters in “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx.” As you read, you will follow them as their lives change forever. You will see them develop through ever changing circumstances.

This book is suited for young adults, and in some cases I believe that an experienced reader in lower grade levels would enjoy it as well. The story line is complex, but not so complex that it would be hard to understand for the younger reader. However, as I had just mentioned, it suites young adults, and adults alike.

I loved the fact that the people of Quanx have unique eyes. Their statute in their society rides primarily on their color for example, and I find this very intriguing. The ability to tint the eye color to change your statue is a dangerous, but doable action.

Would you do what it takes to help your people survive? Could you be deceptive to save those you care about?

I could continue with some of the fascinating aspects of this book, but in order not to spoil, I will leave you with my word that if you love a book in this genre, then “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx” is for you. It is full of fantasy, the whimsical, imaginative story lines, with a bit of dystopian flare thrown in.

I promise, you will truly enjoy “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx.”” –Paige Clendenin

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5/5 stars “This book is a great read and a real page turner. It has a surprise at every turn. It is hard not to fall in love with Kale and root for her through the whole book. Just when you think you figured out who the good guys and bad guys are you find another twist. I was certain I knew what would happen with the egg and found I was wrong! Kale gives a great example to girls everywhere of bravery and confidence. The worst part of the book is when it ends and you realize you have to wait for the next one!” –Amy Grogan

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3.5/5 stars “One of the reasons I decided to review this book was how amazed I was by the author, Becca Mann, and how accomplished she is at such a young age. I know writing a book takes amazing strength of will, discipline and prodigious creativity, and I am often in awe of people who manage to do it. Can you imagine having all that at the age of seventeen, while traveling the world and competing with the United States’ national swim team? I am utterely impressed! (I absolutely wish, from the bottom of my heart, that this young writer has the time to do other things, like eat ice cream at the mall, gossip about her favorite tv show – or book, or comic novel, or band, or insert interest here – with her friends, have lighthearted entertainment time with her family. Or else, just be a teen and make mistakes and learn from them. I think it’s very sad when young people think they have to have it all figured out. But carrying too much responsability at a young age is a topic for another post)
And the book, as I hoped, is good! I wouldn’t go as far as some people did, and give it 5 stars. It’s a solid 3.5 stars for me, which I think is great for a debut author. Especially since I think this series has a lot of room to grow, and I fully expect the next books to improve on at least some of the things I hesitated about.
Well, let’s start from the beggining. If I were to put The Stolen Dragon of Quanx in a shelf in my library, it would be in the Middle Grade shelf – even though the main characters ages range from 12 (Vulia, the youngest) to about 17 (Brandon, the oldest). The actual main characters are 15 and 16 (Kale and Sawyer, respectively), and the book’s third party perspective follows them as their lives change forever. Why Middle Grade, and not Young adult? Are the characters not teenagers? Yes, they are. Doesn’t the plot go beyond the boundaries of the character’s own personal lives? Yes, it does. Isn’t the book long enough? Yes, it is (it’s 397 pages long, as a matter of fact). So why?
The reason I believe this book is suited for a younger audience is the fact that there are many holes in the world and character building and in the characters’ arcs and points of view that only Middle Grade children wouldn’t be put off by. Need an exemple? I’ll give you some that were really disrupting to me.
First is the training camp. Even though I loved the description of the camp and I thought the concept of the Jeykeh (the secret keeper) was wonderful, it didn’t seem plausible to me that all the opposing tribes would train their armies next to each other, or even allow for their child-wariors to congregate. Can you insgine a country sharing a military base with their enemy? It is a naive notion, although it serves the purpose of the story. In fact, many aspects of the story seem to sacrifice cohesion in order to serve a purpose in the plot. The idea behind having unique eyes, for exemple, is very intesting. But the way it’s handled is also a little green, where sometimes the color of your eyes plays a major role, and other times simply shading one’s eyes is enough to hide their identity.
Likewise, the characters are often inconsistent. There are little things – like changing their minds for no special reason in the span of some paragraphs (climbing the wall is hard! Oh, wait, it’s not so hard, it’s actually refreshing) – and big things – like some of Kale’s and especially Sawyer’s decisions. Miss Mann even addresses some of these situations, making the characters point out the hole in their behaviour or in other people’s behaviour. But then most of the time she gives no reasonable arguments for it, like simply addressing it would suffice. As a result, none of the characters were completely believable to me. For exemple, most of the young people were very secure of their actions all of the time. They spend most of the book trapped, away from their families, holding secrets that could save their world, yet they don’t wish to share them with an adult even for a minute. They simply decide what they have to do and do it – no matter how important and life threatening – without hesitation!
This is probably the most important reason this book’s review isn’t simple. I am an adult, and at the same time that I see all that, I also understand that a Middle Grade reader would find all those things exciting and plausible. Why not? They want to believe that they would be that brave and decisive if they were in the same situation. And I think that’s absolutely fine!
This book is what I would consider a High Fantasy novel, and Miss Mann does a good job of building a world that is both unique and comprehensible. It should be right up my alley! But the fact that this is a book that was so obviously suited for a certain age made it hard for me to enjoy it as much as I would have liked to. For exemple: even though most of the style of writing has a certain formal, slightly medieval, tone – as you would expect in fantasy writing where swords and bows are the main fighting tools – the author also uses expressions like “guesstimating”.
I think that for those same reasons, the pace felt very slow to me. I frequently stopped reading the story and started doing something else because I had a hard time believing what was happening. But things do happen, and the story is actually pretty action filled. Again, someone younger might really enjoy it. Things also felt over explained at times (which can make them more confusing, if that makes any sense).
But, some things I really enjoyed were all the twists in the end (some I guessed, some I had no idea) and all the hints of adventures and misteries to be unfolded in the future (like the story behind Kale’s sward, Paka’s backstory, and the reason behind how the peasant’s Crowned Prince came to be).
In summation, this story is creative and fun, but more suited to a younger audience. It has a lot of potencial, and I think the next books will be very interesting.
My rating: 3.5/5
Would I read it again? No
Will I read the next ones in the trilogy? Maybe…
Do I recommend it? Yes, but specifically to a Middle Grade, or “tween” audience interested in High Fantasy.” –Raquel V
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5/5 stars “This is a page turner that I definitely recommend! This book is written where you end every chapter wishing you didn’t switch topics in the next but are immediately pulled into the next situation. Unsuspecting teens are thrown together and cajoled into going on a mission to save their world from war. They must steal a dragon egg from a tribe of powerful dragons. It’s not that simple though, woven into the plot creatively are ties to the magical world of dragons, one of the teens in the unsuspecting group is murdering off it’s members, strange alliances are made, intricate battles are fought, identities are hidden, and secrets disclosed and kept. Interestingly, everyone is defined by the color of their eyes and this just adds another element of surprise as you read this amazing fun and exciting book. The book features both strong female and male characters. There are tribes of humans and tribes of dragons. Each has it’s own characteristics (as well as insults). By the end, the characters had grown so much I wasn’t sure who I liked the most. The characters learn as they go along about being unsuspectingly trusting and the ramifications of not making a well thought out decision. They acknowledge their faults but not necessarily with change occurring. It is so clever! I wish the next one was available.” –Shannon Hackett
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5/5 stars “Captivating story.  I couldn’t put it down!  I got drawn into Quanx from the moment I opened the book.” -Asta Ramoskaite
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“Wow, I’m impressed (and awed) at how much Becca has accomplished so young! Congrats and best of luck with the book!” –Nicholas C. Rossi
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5/5 stars “Becca’s book is a fantastic journey of Air, Fire Water, and Earth all represented by brave young adults with a mission. A wonderful first novel by a very accomplished young lady.” –Tina Levasseur
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5/5 stars “I wish I could talk about spoilers in this book review! There are soooo many! Pay attention readers, every other page has a clue. And whatever you think is the outcome – won’t be it! There is something for everyone here. You want the kids to steal the egg, but then you don’t! You don’t want Kale’s real identity discovered, you want to know who is the murderer amongst them is, you want to know what the dragon is going to show her next, but you are afraid to know! All the descriptions are so clever and meaningful. The characters change and evolve and end up being not who they seem. There are heart wrenching moments with outcomes you do not want to occur. Then it ends and you need the next one asap!” –Katie
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5/5 stars “This inspiring young lady knows no boundaries… her book excerpt has sucked me in. I can’t wait to read more!” –Janet5th
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5/5 stars “Just finished reading the book.  It’s amazeballs!” -Emily Noeske
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5/5 stars “Since this book is written by a teenager there’s no adult pull back with the happy ending or deciding what might be too scary for a young reader. The book isn’t written with what should be an appropriate response or what is just acceptable for young readers. The line between good and bad in characters is not black and white. There’s character development which isn’t couched in how a “good” person should act which makes the characters so real. There is nothing inappropriate for a teen reader either. Since this book is written by a teenager there’s no adult pull back with the happy ending or deciding what might be too scary for a young reader. The book isn’t written with what should be an appropriate response or what is just acceptable for young readers. The line between good and bad in characters is not black and white. There’s character development which isn’t couched in how a “good” person should act which makes the characters so real. There is nothing inappropriate for a teen reader either. It’s just that the lessons will allow the reader to dwell on how they see the situation. There is a minor character who is a handicapped person (or at least it seemed like he was to me) that is described like he has a disability but it’s not a focus; his kindness is what matters. The peasants in the book are out to treat others as they have been treated. This isn’t set up – it just is and is very insightful. I really liked how the author wove in clues as you were reading without alerting you to the fact they were so meaningful. I liked how the water tribe would say “fishbrain & fishbreath” and the air tribe would say “airhead” while the earth tribe said “mudbrain.” Every little detail is thought out. I want to read the next book and I highly recommend this one!” –Sandy Hall
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5/5 stars “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx is an outstanding book that appeals to readers of all ages. My husband and I both enjoyed the book so much we recommended it to our 3 sons who all read it and loved it as well. This book grabs the reader from the very first page and the plot never dulls. The characters are rich and full of depth and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. If you like suspense and adventure, this is the book for you! We are all anxiously awaiting the sequel!” –J. Macariola-Coad
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4/5 stars “This tale is about four different tribesmen coming together for a common goal~stealing a dragon egg. Little did they know their task is litter with danger at every turn. To achieve this goal they must learn different skills and trades to completely this task. What is the danger? Can they steal the dragon egg? Your answers await you in The Stolen Dragon of Quanx.
I love reading fantasy novels! They always remind me that I’m creative and imaginative person. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to read this book. The storytelling was real, down to earth, interesting, and creative. The characters were intriguing, honest, compelling, and real. I look forward to reading more of this author in the future.” –Amazon Customer
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5/5 stars “I absolutely recommend this book to all readers. I am a more mature reader than the intended audience and the story line and characters kept me captivated. Becca kept me on my toes as there were quite a few unexpected twists that were delightful. I can`t wait to read the next two books!” –Joanna Blackwelder
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5/5 stars “Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment to this multi-talented young woman! Here’s to many best sellers’ lists in the future!!!” –MINDOMOM
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5/5 stars “Finished amazing story: written by a teenager with an incredible imagination “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx”” -Ron Wexler
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4/5 stars “This book is a wonderful adventure in fantasy. When you begin reading it you will feel yourself being pulled into a fantastic fantasy world. It will captivate you from the beginning and you will find yourself just turning page after page after page and turning the pages until the end. There are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. After you get to the end you are going to be asking for the next installment of this series. I highly recommend it but then again I love a good fantasy novel myself.” –Rebecca Bryant

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. mugwump
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 11:54:06

    I could not put this book down ! I wanted to know what happened ! I can not wait for the ending… hurry up ! Finish ! Send it to me !

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