The World of Eldaterra, Volume One: The Dragon Conspiracy

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They've been kicked out of their world. Now they want ours.

In 1895 . . . a policeman follows a trail of murders that leads to a discovery too incredible to believe.

In 1990 . . . fourteen-year-old James Kinghorn finds an entrance to Eldaterra, the Old World, where magic forces -- good and evil -- struggle for domination. With the help of some unexpected friends, including two dwarf brothers, a beguiling elf, parlanimals, and a wizard with many secrets. James uncovers a deadly conspiracy that began fifteen years before. IF the enemy's plans are not stopped, both worlds will plunge into unthinkable chaos. . . .

The first book of the World of Eldaterra series weaves mystery and fantasy into an extraordinary, heart-stopping adventure.

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The Dragon Conspiracy is the debut novel of P. R. Moredun. He runs a marketing company in England. This book was written from stories he told his sons during long car rides, and he set it against twentieth-century history in the hope that they would become interested in one of his favorite subjects. He originally self-published this novel and publicized it by creating a model of a baby dragon, which is featured on the jacket. The dragon has been on display in the Natural History Museum in Oxford, England.

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Grade 5-8–This historical fantasy, originally self-published, jumps between separate story lines set in 1895 and 1910 that eventually come together, but neither is very coherent or exciting. In 1910, James, 14, stumbles upon a portal to a parallel world while visiting England's northern coast and finds himself in Eldaterra. In this magical world, all creatures are either good or evil, unlike James's world where magic doesn't exist and the distinction between good and evil is blurred. Like his grandfather before him, the teen has entered Eldaterra to be the one who will decide whether evil will breach the magic that separates the worlds. He is pursued by a dragon spider and a creature of the undead, but manages to escape them with the help of twin dwarves. A dog and bear that talk also help him foil a plot by dragons disguised as humans and aided by the Kaiser's army to overthrow humanity. The story line set in 1895 is about a British Chief Inspector and a mysterious civil servant investigating a series of murders of women pregnant with mutant reptilian babies. The Tolkien influences are obvious, but Eldaterra pales in comparison to Middle-Earth. What should have been a thrilling battle against a giant spider is boring, and the talking animals lack originality. Too much of the plot here is recounted matter-of-factly, and the flat characterizations make this one to skip.–Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
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