Book Review by: Sharon Powers.
|My Glaedr is 10″ tall and
has a 12″ wingspan.
I was at a Barnes & Noble on the publica- tion date of an- other one of Christopher Pao- lini’s books, saw a stuffed Glader  sitting on top of a stack of books, and grabbed it–it was the last one! I still have the golden dragon–it is on guard duty at my house–so trespassers and prowlers, BEWARE! Guard Dragon, on duty! OK. Enough of my lame jokes….
|The hero dragon, Glaedr from
The only other dragon items I have in my home are (1) a pop-up book about dragons that was given to me as a gift. It is a beautiful book that I pull down off the shelf from time to time to enjoy, and (2) a few very fine Oriental yixing clay teapots and cups (see the photo, just below)  given to me as gifts because of my love of tea. No. I do not have a dragon collection with statues and such, but I have liked reading stories about dragons. One of the most famous series of books I read was Anne McCaffrey’s the Dragonriders of Pern series.
Additionally, a few other notable dragons with whom I have crossed paths include: Smaug, an awesome dragon in The Hobbit; and, of course, anyone keeping up with George R.R. Martin’s, Song of Ice and Fire will know about those famous dragons–even appearing on TV in an HBO series.
Then there are the dragons in the Harry Potter Series (including Norbert); How To Train Your Dragon; the Temeraire Series: A Novel of Temeraire–about a great black dragon called Temeraire (the name came from the famous warship, H.M.S Temeraire, dubbed, “The Fighting Temeraire” after service in the Battle of Trafalgar.); The Dragonlance Chronicles; Saint George and the Dragon; and even Puff the Magic Dragon.
SHORT BOOK SYNOPSIS:
|The beginning of the journey includes a map with the marshes marked.
The journal also has a red ribbon with which to keep your place
marked for later reading. 
As we open the pages of this journal we enter the world of Elian Black’Mor and Carine M. A first journal entry begins in Brittany and an “Unexplained Dis- appearance of an Antiquarian in the ‘Marshes of Hell.'” The journalist places the newspaper clip- pings of the disap- pearance, photographs, pen and ink washes, and full color renderings, including a marked map, in his journal along with entries and notes detailing every experience in search of the lost dragons.
As the journey progresses to different locations, each one provides a look of very distinct stories about lost dragons, along with a peek at strange guides and guardians, strange ship rides and experiences. But none are stranger than the journalist; you see, the journalist has a gift of “seeing the invisible”! The journey takes the journalist “from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon.” 
In the end, the journalist ponders the journey and, unsettled, worries that it wasn’t more than a “daydream.” And just the way the journalist recorded the fantastical jour- ney around the world in search of lost dragons, will the “intrepid” journalist choose to “preserve” the dragondreams like the journal–by fleeing reality? Which will the journalist choose?
MY FAVORITE QUOTATION:
creature awaited me at the entrance of a
crevasse that crossed the width of the glacier.
it to the city of the dragon people…
drifting in a becalmed sea,
the budding stood in the
of a misty polar morning.
have their ending.» 
Such a poignant and wonderful statement of the journalist’s feelings, perhaps summing up the whole of the journey. Coming full circle to the realization that dragons are no more. The very thing that prompted the beginning of the journey in the first place. And, like the cold and snow that puts out fire, the dragons have gone in the way of a calm, cool ending.
|Here’s another beautiful page. Included
by the authors are full-color renditions
of the flower and a “real” flower plant flat-
tened and dried and taped to the journal.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE BOOK:
The superlatives are NOT an exaggeration. Just take a look at the photographs I took of the book to see for yourself. I included as many photographs in my blog post, today, as I could, just because they are so beautiful and I want you to see what a fantastic job the authors and the DYNAMITE team (publishers) did to bring this book to market.
A word about the publishers: Dynamite. I have many, many, books by Dynamite publishers. Every single book I own has a sturdy, beautiful cover, many of them with dust jackets; the pages are securely placed between the hardcover so as they will not fall out. Dynamite Publishers are my favorite publishers, ever.
OK. Back to what I think about this book. What I said in the paragraph, just above this paragraph, is also true of this book, In Search of Lost Dragons. That is to say, the hardcover book has a sturdy, hard cover and the pages are securely attached.
These two things on my own personal check list, are very important because I have purchased books that have not had securely bound pages. The pages fell out and the book was ruined. You can see some examples of this by clicking on the link to a post I did of one hardcover graphic novel book with pages that fell out. Click, here or here.
Finally, while I have already mentioned the general beauty of the book and the amount of detail the pages hold, I have not mentioned the artwork, specifically. The one, just below, is is quite beautiful.
|One of the beautiful pages of art-
work is this watercolor of a dragon
flying above a canyon.
Some of the artwork are like the one, here, just to the right–a watercolor with notations at the bottom. Other works included appear to be pen and ink, pen with washes, full color illustrations that could be electronically produced, done with pastels, or perhaps with artists paint and then photographed.
Again, I cannot emphasize enough just how beautiful is the the whole book. Individually, some of pages are just stunning. But in any event, each and every page holds entertaining and eye-catching images.
This book is simply wonderful. I recommend this book to all ages of reader. I think, though, that adults would better appreciate the detail and amount of work that has gone into the creation of this book.
OF THIS BOOK:
It probably comes as no surprise to you, if you that I loved the book and have no qualms about telling you that it is the best, most detailed book I have ever seen. The entertainment factor is very high, as well. So…given all that I have told you, above, I rate this book 5.0 stars out of 5.
Thank you for joining me this week as we were privileged to become acquainted with this beautiful book, In Search of Lost Dragons by Elian Black’Mor and Carine M. I loved showing you this book, and hope you consider getting a hardcover copy for yourself. Also, please don’t forget to read a few minutes every day, its good for your mind and your spirit. I also want to thank you for taking time to consider all that I’ve presented to you, today. Your time is precious and want you to know that I appreciate you spending a little time here to consider possible reading material. You won’t go wrong with this book.
Please join me, again, next week as we take a look at a totally different book. One I’m sure most of you will enjoy. So…
Until next time…
…many happy pages of reading.
All my love,
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