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Daw, August 2002, 23.95, 376 pp.
ISBN 075640091

A year and a half ago, graduate student Ben Collins followed a rat into a storeroom and wound up in the Kingdom of Barakhai. In that land, all humans except the Royal Family were cursed, forced to shape shift into other bodies for half the day or night. When Ben left that world for his own, he was badly injured and needed medical treatment. Now Zylas the white rat says Barakhai needs him once more. Ben feels like Barakhai is home and Earth is just the orphanage where he was raised so he must act.

There are two young dragons held prisoner by the king and they have the power to remove the curse that force the humans to shift into another form. Zylas and Ben concoct a dangerous plan that includes using an old enemy who has the king's ear.

THE LOST DRAGONS OF BARAKHAI is an adult fairy tale with a handsome hero (make that bumbling grad student), a fair maiden (who spends half her life as a fair horse) and a rebel leader (who remains human even when he turns into a rat). Mickey Zucker Reichert is a fantastic storyteller who provides fantasy readers with some of the better tales.


Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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