Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)

Julia Suzuki


Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)

Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)

  • Title: Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)
  • Author: Julia Suzuki
  • ISBN: 9780956414588
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover



In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world s remaining dragons hoping the dragsaur beasts have vanished forever Here they try to live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yoshiko is born a dragon with a unique destiny Great adventure lies ahead as many challIn a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world s remaining dragons hoping the dragsaur beasts have vanished forever Here they try to live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yoshiko is born a dragon with a unique destiny Great adventure lies ahead as many challenges must be overcome, leading to a dangerous mission to the human world in attempt to return to the clans their missing magic Can Yoshiko make it in time


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This is a delightful novel about Yoshiko, a young dragon with a difference. Hatched from a remarkable egg, he is regarded as special by some and as cursed by others. In school he is mocked and bullied by some of his classmates. However, he soon finds special mentors and teachers who recognize his abilities, test his endurance and bestow on him a daunting quest. His success or failure may have a lasting effect on the hidden realm of Dragor. While this may be geared to a youthful audience, it can [...]

The Gift of Charms by Julia SuzukiMy Rating: 2 StarsAverage rating on : 4.39 out of 5 StarsPages: 288Synopsis:This epic children's novel -- first in the Land of Dragor series -- has appeal for all ages. It transports the reader to the magical Land of Dragor, where seven dragon clans live hidden from man having beaten off the evil dragsaur beasts. Their great war is over and the dragons live peacefully among the smoking mud pools and around The Fire Which Must Never Go Out, but the terrible years [...]

In the Land of Dragor, where dragons hide from humans, a new era is about to arise. Yoshiko was born from a multicolored egg. There has only been one dragon whose egg was not the normal lilac color, Surion. Some say that because of his odd egg he was cursed because he brought war upon the dragons, this causes Yoshiko’s parents to fear for their son so they keep his special egg a secret. As Yoshiko grows he begins to notice that he is different from all other dragons, he can change color. Soon [...]

This charming tale of a young dragon’s coming of age, his trials and tribulations through dragon school and eventual adventure has it all - a fabulous cover, an interesting map and an intriguing plot.Yoshiko is the young dragon at the centre of the story, which seems to be aimed at children around the age of 9 to 12, and his growth from an egg to a confident young dragon, who eventually meets a human, is pitched so very well. Julia Suzuki weaves much of the story of Yoshiko’s development usi [...]

I was given a copy directly by the author and was absolutely grateful for the opportunity. Thank you!My first thought about this book was it's intriguing. It really is--the title, the plot, the cover, the map. (Yes, it has a map! And I actually adore it! I have a thing on books with maps and I think that's why I thought this book will be pretty awesome.)It started okay. Telling a brief history about Dragor and a strange egg with colors of a rainbow given to birth that soon revealed to be Yoshiko [...]

This is an absolutely delightful book for adults and children alike. Young Yoshiko starts his new school, makes lots of new friends but starts to feel a little different from the other dragons when he begins to change colour every time he feels stressed. Not helping the stress is the local bully Igorr from another clan, a youngling that is often bullied by his own father. I actually liked the way this character grows throughout the story. Yoshiko finds out he is destined to help save the land of [...]

The Gift of Charms, book 1 in The Land of Dragor series, tells us the story of Yoshiko, a young dragon living among seven clans of other dragons, in which are his family, friends and even enemies. He was different from the beginning: his egg shone every color of the rainbow. Dragons all over Dragor (the land where they all live) had heard about this strange egg being laid, and all of them were curious, however there were mixed opinions about it: some thought he had a great future ahead of him, w [...]

What’s It About?A long, long time ago, many great creatures roamed the earth. Then, dragsaurs, a dinosaur/dragon super species, became extinct with the dinosaurs. Fortunately, the dragons managed to survive.Unfortunately, the dragons became slaves to the humans, till the great rebellion, when they all fled to the land of Dragor…One day, a dragon couple named Ketu and Kiara had a dragon baby, who was born from a strange, multi-colored shell. Rumors spread, and the clan’s Hudrah arrived to t [...]

This book is fantastic. The perfect Book 1 to a new series: the major plot points are resolved, no cliffhangers at the end - and still plenty of material and enough loose ends to explore in future books! (@Amber Stokes - yes, I already want to land a character interview with the villain. Hee her!)I've been intrigued with dragons for some time now - from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's four dragons in one of the Triwizard Tournament tasks, to Eragon's Saphira, and of course The Hobbit's Sma [...]

I was given a free copy of this by the author and asked to review it.Let me start with the positives. I have given this book two stars for imagination. The story appeared to be aimed at 8 to 10 year old crowd, and the plot would certainly entertain them. It was cute and original. I applaud the author for her vivid imagination.The execution however, leaves much to be desired.This book reads like a first draft by someone who had a great idea, but rushed into publishing before careful review. Her w [...]

Original review posted here.*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*I did want so much to like this book. I read great things about it, but I feel it just did not live up to my expectations. I should also mention that this is more of an MG book than the YA I would normally review, so I did try to take that into account when reading and reviewing.I found the plot entertaining enough, if not slightly predictable: a young dragon, different from the rest who must cope [...]

I received an eBook copy in exchange for an honest review READ MY REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!3.5 stars!The Gift of Charms is my very first dragon story. Ever. I know. Don't judge me!It sure is different. Though I can say that the base story line is pretty much cliche. The usual pathetic progonist who turns out to be really special then wins at life at the end. The writing was really fine. ANDDDDDD PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE tell me that this is not part of a series. It's not, right? I like the way it ende [...]

I was given this book by the author to review, which is really cool. It is aimed at a younger audience, but I nonetheless enjoyed it. I will try and write this review so its also aimed at that kind of audience.The Gift of Charms is a middle-grade adventure novel. It’s a short introduction to a planned Land of Dragor series, but it serves as an interesting and promising beginning to a series.In the land of Dragor, dragons hide from humans, and live divided into clans based on colour and tempera [...]

A fantastic start to the new Dragor series, Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms has certainly convinced me read more of the author's books in the future. There is a magical land called Dragor, and in that land a mysterious egg is laid. Last time this kind of shell hatched, curses and hardship put the land through a lot of suffrage. But this was centuries ago, surely it can't happen again? The parents are determined not to be superstitious, but when Yoshiko is so different from the rest how can they n [...]

I am notorious as being a slow reader, meaning that I can read a book, and put it down for days/weeks/months before starting again where I left off. However, I have read the pre launch copy in a day. I have never read a book that has engaged me so much & wanted to carry on reading until the end.I think the book is more engaging for young readers, but lovers of the Fantasy genre will enjoy this book immensely. The manner in which the author has expressed emotions of Yoshiko, the young dragon [...]

Note: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for a free, and honest review. These opinions are my own, and I was not compensated financially to review this book.This is Julia Suzuki's first novel, it is a middle grade novel for ages 8+. Set within a fantasy world Yoshiko is a dragon who is born in mysterious circumstances. Instead of being born out of the shell of normal colour, he is hatched out of a rainbow shell. This is disputed to be either a curse or a blessing to the Land of Drago [...]

I received this book as an ARC. I have not been solicited for my review and all opinions contained are my own.I thoroughly enjoyed the perspective from which the story is told and I'm sure that will appeal to the target audience. It is told from the perspective of a young dragon. I love dragons. It's always fun to see humans described by non-humanoids. We are such silly creatures!Overall, it has great bones, but poor execution. It took effort for me to stay engrossed in the story line, which bor [...]

The Gift of Charms is a children's fantasy story I would suggest a reading age around 9-12 years. The story is about dragons and the hidden land they live in. It opens with the hatching of a special egg and the birth of Yoshiko born to the Nephan clan. There are seven clans in the Land of Dragor and the dragons from each clan vary in colour and special abilities.We next meet Yoshiko a 10 year old dragon attending his first day of Fire School where he makes both friends and enemies as they are ta [...]

*I was sent this for review from the author.*This book was really well written! The author used great word choice and had beautiful language. The main character Yoshiko was adorable, and I absolutely loved him. I also thought that Suzuki did a wonderful job in terms of description. She had a knack for describing things in such a way that the novel did not drag on, but was still very good. This book was really refreshing to me because I had not read a middle-grade book for quite a while. I am lik [...]

A great children's book. Don't let this put you off as an adult!!! Even though it's a quick read it's worth going on the adventure and you'll want more!! I would have loved to have a story when I was younger that I could believe really existed in a mysterious hidden land that was also easy to read (sorry JK). My favourite part was definitely the peril at the mountain trial practice. I look forward to the next one!!

This is a captivating tale for young readers, and interesting enough to feed the imagination of older fantasy readers as well.It starts out rather slow, but once the little dragon starts training, the adventure and excitement continue through the rest of the book.Entertaining and well written!I look forward to the sequels.

More of a 2.5 but as doesn't do half stars this rating will have to suffice. I was actually given this book by the author to read and review so thank you Julia, sorry it's taken me so long!This book is aimed at children, I definitely say children rather than middle grade as the writing is very simple and easy to read- which is also makes it a little repetitive in places.The story is great, but it took a long time before the main dragon, Yoshiko, discovered what his fate was- before that he was [...]

Rating 4/5 starsDisclaimer:I was sent this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.The Land of Dragor: The Gift of Charms by Julia SuzukiPublished September 2014Genre: Fantasy Fiction ChildrenBlurb:In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world's remaining dragons -- hoping the dragsaur beasts have vanished forever. Here they try to live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading. Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yo [...]

This was generously given to me to review by the author. I found that with this book Yoshiko looked like Spyro the Dragon, that's probably just my childhood getting in the way. The story is predominantly what I would think of a children's fantasy, I think that it would be brilliant for a child to read as an introductory book to the fantasy genre. The problem that I found was when I first started reading the book, was that I could not relate to a young dragon, the bits that emphasised that he was [...]

#BookReview:The Gift Of Charms (Book 1)Series: The Land of DragorBy: Julia SuzukiReview by: Brittany PerezApril 15, 2014About The Book:Book InformationSeries title: The Land of DragorBook title: The Gift of Charms (Book 1)Paperback: 288 pagesPublisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd, Dino ImprintISBN-10: 1782199241ISBN-13: 978-1782199243 READERS MAY NOW PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK RELEASE OF ‘THE GIFT OF CHARMS’ AT 
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I received a free copy of this book from the author, Julia Suzuki, in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my review.The Land of Dragor (the Gift of Charms) is a fantasy story set in the mystical land of Dragor, where dragons in all different sizes and colours live their lives away from the humans. Each dragon comes from a specific clan and each clan is specialized in certain things. One clan might be really athletic and physically strong, while the others [...]

3.5/5 *** I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review ***Dragor is an isolated valley, the only place on the planet inhabited by dragons and hidden from prying eyes. Here dragons have lived in peace since the great war against the humans and dragsaurs. Now, to stay safe and strong, they ensure their existence stays hidden, and go about their everyday lives. And yet something seems to be missing in their lives, preventing them from feeling completely happy and at ease.Yoshik [...]

To begin with The Gift of Charms is a charming book. It lures the reader into a world of Dragons. Original, entertaining and a real treat for readers. The world conjured up by the writer is authentic- and even the fictional world is steeped with history. The author craftily uses the history teacher( Ma’am Sancy- a dragon by the way) to explain to the reader the essential background story needed to understand about the Land of Dragor.Like any good story it starts with a mysterious birth of a Ne [...]

Read this review and others at The Silver Petticoat Review: Gift of CharmsReview by Rebecca LaneThis is the first novel in Julia Suzuki’s enchanting Land of Dragor series, and, I must say, it is a fabulous start. Suzuki transports her readers to the magical world of Dragor, a land where seven dragon clans live hidden from the humans who would choose to enslave them. Right off the bat I was sucked in by the surreal descriptions of Dragor and it’s almost ethereal landscape. Suzuki is a magicia [...]

Sometimes you read a book that is like a big mug of hot chocolate – it’s very satisfying and warms you all the way through – and sometimes those books have some very interesting sprinkles you’ve never seen before and some uniquely coloured marshmallows you’ve never tasted before. That’s how I would describe Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms in a nutshell – or should I say a mug?Dragons almost always take on the role of sidekick in a fantasy story and are often portrayed either as unru [...]


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