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Reviews of The Obsidian Quest

See also Review by Lois Wickstrom in Home News.

Read the critique
from the judge of the competition that this story won.

You can now buy this prize-winning book at DiskUs Publishing.

The download version is $3.50 and the diskette is $6.50. The ISBN No. is 1-58495-899-5 and it is available in PDF, HTML, Palm and MS Reader formats. The diskette contains all four formats. The Kindle edition is available here. I’ve no idea why other editions aren’t listed. Shame on Amazon! I call this downright evil business practice and hope all my fans will buy from DiskUs in protest.

Kathy Boswell, Managing Editor of The Best Reviews
and a Member of Reviewers International Organization (RIO), writes:

Poor Firetongue, the dragon, was born without the ability to breathe fire. All of the other dragons teased him unmercifully because the games they played all centered around breathing fire.

Firetongue decided to do something about it so he went to his Uncle Inferno for advice. Uncle Inferno weaves tall tales and nobody ever knows if his stories are real or not. He tells Firetongue that he needs to go to Mount Furnace for a fire rock, not just any fire rock but a special fire rock that looks like a polished ruby.

Now Uncle Inferno knows that Firetongue will go straight to his mother with this tale so he's not worried but Firetongue decides to set off right then and there on the adventure of his life straight to Mount Furnace. What he finds when he gets there surprises everyone, including himself.

This delightful story enchanted my eight-year-old daughter and me. Not only does it tell a wonderful story but it teaches a lesson as well. My daughter and I hope that Laraine Anne Barker will tell more stories about Firetongue and his dragon relatives and friends.

Rita Hestand, who gives it a five-star rating, writes:

Firetongue was a young dragon who could not breathe fire like all the other dragons in his community. He felt very sad, because the others made fun of him. He can’t even play his favorite games, because he has no fire. In fact he feels so bad about it he goes to see Uncle Inferno.

Uncle Inferno is well known in the community for listening to others and telling great tales. When Firetongue told him of his plight, Uncle Inferno understood and told him how to go about getting the fire breath. It was dangerous, but it was the only solution.

Firetongue believed Uncle Inferno and set about his adventure immediately.

Laraine Anne Barker brings us a well written story of dragons, adventure and courage. She weaves a magic that will delight your children and make them eager to turn the page. I highly recommend this one.

© Rita Hestand
author of Pretend Mom and Nick’s Baby

Christine Spindler writes at E-books for kids (in the “Fun” section):

Despite his fiery name, Firetongue is a dragon without any fire in him. He feels like a social pariah and desperately seeks help. Young and inexperienced as he is, he believes the outrageous tale Uncle Inferno tells him: that he should have been given fire rock to eat as a baby. Now it’s too late, but there’s a way to correct the mistake, and that’s going to Mount Furnace where the Fire God guards a special fire rock. Inferno is sure the boy will not do any such nonsense, but Firetongue is determined to become a “normal” dragon. And off he walks into a frightening adventure full of surprises.

The story has some neat twists, like when the Fire God turns out to be a Goddess who hates being talked to in reverent tones. Firetongue, the problem-ridden dragon boy, is a character kids can easily relate to. The Little Dragon Without Fire is funny and entertaining all the way, with a happy ending totally unlike the one I expected. A perfect bedtime read-to book that guarantees exciting dreams.

© Chrstine Spindler
author of Faces of Fear, one of her Inspector Terry series.


Nine-year-old Nathan Adams writes:

Firetongue is a little dragon without fire. He gets teased a lot and gets left out of the fire games 'cause most dragons have to have fire breath to play most of them. Firetongue is really lonely until he meets Firegoddess.

I love stories about dragons and I liked this one a lot. I thought it was cool that Firetongue and Firegoddess are a lot alike. I had fun reading this book. It was a really neat story with a great ending.

Review by: Nathaniel Adams age 9, Son of Sue Anne Adams
Nathaniel’s Web Page (Alas the link is now dead)
All About Murder Reviews (so is this)


Buy The Little Dragon Without Fire. The download versions (PDF, HTML, Palm, and MS Reader) are $3.50 and the diskette (which contains all formats) is $6.50.

Read an excerpt from The Little Dragon Without Fire

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