“The Last Dragon” by James Riley begins shortly after the end of the first book in the series “The Revenge of Magic.” In the first book, Fort Fitzgerald watches helplessly as his father is grabbed by a monster and dragged underground during an attack when they were visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Sure that his father is dead, Fort is determined to get revenge on the creatures who killed him.
At a special school for youth who might be able to access the magic that is the only hope of vanquishing the “Old Ones” who threaten humans, Fort is a troublemaker. He’s got his own agenda, and in this sequel, it’s just as true.
Now Fort thinks that his father might still be alive and needs to be rescued. Even though he’s been given a roommate, Gabriel, who is much older that Fort, he’s determined to do whatever he can to rescue his father. He knows that his friends would try to stop him because what he’s planning is dangerous and risky, so he doesn’t tell them.
His roommate seems to be having strange nightmares just like Fort. Gabriel also gets to go wherever he wants and can do whatever he wants. And while Gabriel tries to get Fort to confide in him, Fort doesn’t trust anyone.
In this book, Riley shows the depths of emotion we have for family. How many of us would do anything for a sibling or a parent or a child. It also shows some character development for Fort as he struggles with putting his friends in danger and risking their lives to maybe save the life of his father.
Kids who love fantasy and action will enjoy this read and be eager to read the next book in the series.
Please note: This review is based on the advance reader’s copy provided by Aladdin, the publisher, for review purposes.