Stan Pollux had no idea he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system.
But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.
So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.
This book was based around a very inventive idea, and I enjoyed stepping into this author’s world. I’ve always loved dragons, and so had fun reading about the idea of dragons in space. Each dragon was carefully designed to appear similar to their corresponding planet – with a fact file on each one at the beginning of every chapter; including things like the colour of it’s fire and the matter it’s body was formed of – swirling gasses for Jupiter, molten metal for Mercury…
“It was amazing how quickly you got used to a talking dragon made of liquid metal…”
The cover was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – it had a charm hanging from the spine! I won’t lie – that did surprise me a little when I first took it out of the packaging. I was a bit worried it would be annoying whilst I read, but thankfully didn’t notice it much.
This book is one that I think would be highly enjoyed by MG readers especially, and be useful in introducing aspects of mythology and astronomy to them. I didn’t particularly learn anything new myself, but really enjoyed the new take on mythology (a love of mine!)
“Stars winked into view: tiny silver dots millions and millions of miles away.”
There was some crude humour dotted through the book, which I’m personally not a fan of, but see often in MG books. It didn’t take away from the story too much, however. And the good by far outweighed that bad. The whole story revolved around a sibling relationship – which starts out rocky, but develops positively through the book – the main character, Stan, struggles to treat his little sister kindly in the beginning. But after the events of the book, he comes to some big realisations, and massively improves how he treats her.
Sibling relationships are SO important! And I definitely feel that having them represented in the literature young people read is a must. If they read about their hero doing something positive, the chances that they’ll imitate the behaviour are high – and so it’s a great thing to teach important lessons through stories.
“You are flawed and fascinating.”
Overall, although the target demographic was… probably not me, I enjoyed reading this book. It was quite a quick read, but enjoyable and imaginative. I’d especially recommend it for younger readers who enjoy fantasy, mythology, and adventure stories!
About the Author…
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press
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