Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Nick, an angry teen, uncovers a dark secret about his family and, along the way, discovers his place in a  story of epic proportions. In Dragon Seed, trusted author Marty Machowski uses both imaginative fiction and an engaging, twelve-lesson Bible study to introduce older children and teens to spiritual warfare.

My review:

As I am not the intended audience for this book, I asked my teen daughter to read it and give me her thoughts. Here are her thoughts:

“The metaphorical part of this story was deep and it made me think about what God has to deal with with humans and their sin. The main characters were realistic. I learned a bit about the Bible and Jesus from the Bible studies included. Overall it was a good story. ”

My thoughts: At first I thought the author was ‘head-hopping’ which means that the point of view bounces between characters. It may have been that the author was using a technique known as omniscient narrator. Basically the narrator knows all of the characters thoughts and feelings. I found this a little distracting and it kept me from connecting with the current time characters. Having said that, I really enjoyed the allegorical part about the dragons. It was that part of the story that kept me turning the pages of this book.

I think that the Bible study portion was thought provoking and would probably be good to do in a youth group setting.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The portions of the book that were about the dragons.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The interaction between Nick and his family just wasn’t that interesting to me and I found the bouncing between characters thoughts to be distracting.

My rating:  3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  I would recommend this book to teens in a Bible study group.

Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Marty Machowski, author website

Marty Machowski, Litfuse page

Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski


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