Book Review: The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia

Title: The Pygmy Dragon
Author: Marc Secchia

Series: Shapeshifter Dragon Legends (#1)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 346 

Format: Paperback

Review Also Posted On: Goodreads

Book Synopsis:

Yesterday, a Dragon kidnapped me from my cage in a zoo.

Stolen from her jungle home and sold to a zookeeper, Pip knows only a world behind bars, a world in which a Pygmy warrior and her giant ape friends are a zoo attraction. She dreams of being Human. She dreams of escaping to the world outside her cage.

Then, the Dragon Zardon kidnaps her into a new life. Pip rides Dragonback across the Island-World to her new school – a school inside a volcano. A school where Humans learn to be Dragon Riders. But this is only a foretaste of her magical destiny, for the Dragon Assassins are coming. They have floated an Island across the Rift and their aim is nothing less than the massacre of all Dragons.

Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.

This Books is About:

A pygmy warrior that was kidnapped from her village and was sold to a zoo to become an attraction.

She was with a mother Oraial and a baby Oraial. She soon befriended them and became best of friends with the ape. But soon the ape was about to die. And by some weird language she said made the Oraial’s soul comeback to its body. And that’s when the story will kick off. Our little hero Pip will be kidnapped from her cage along with the Oraial to a Dragon Rider academy where Pip will learn everything she needs to know to become a dragon rider. You’ll follow Pip’s struggle in the hands of the school’s bullies but along the way Pip finds friends that she’ll surely treasure forever. And that’s when Pip’s peculiar talents arises and alarms the elder dragons now Pip will strive to survive the life threatening situations, the upgraded bullies she received and the struggle of keeping her emotions out of the way in their battles.

My Review:


So I might as well tell you how i found out about the book. I just kept on scrolling through twitter until a book catches my attention and the Pygmy Dragon really did catch my attention.

The Book’s cover is really nice and neat and super clear even, it really is a high quality book cover and even the pages of the book as well seems really sturdy.

The synopsis really got my attention too so all the more reason why I should try and read the book.

So basically I loved the book, really well thought out, fun and bubbly. This book has tons of good qualities in it. The idea is quite clear you’ll get the hang of it after the first 15 or 17 chapters.  The book has many dialects in it, I personally like the Oraial dialect. I really like how Mr. Marc just went super creative in making this book. The book title though got me thinking that the main character would start as a dragon and is imprisoned and escapes. but no, it just starts off as a plain Pygmy warrior kidnapped and put in a zoo. But the journey on how she gets to know her true strength is what you’ll look forward too. The book has these things that would either make you confused or excited. I also like the concept of the Dragon choosing its own rider, like they need to have this certain bond before they become Dragon and Rider.

Dialogues: were great, and there are different dialects in the book that I really enjoyed reading.  

Characters: really awesome. The character development was really amazing, some characters would be terrified, shy and unsure and then becomes confident and daring. Some went to being super flirty to not being flirty at all. It’s nice to see the transition from one character typing to another. And even though the changing process is slower than expected at least the character didn’t drastically change.

Plot: was super good and exciting

Flow of the story: Quite good actually, there was sufficient chapters for each storyline. There was good transitions from being a caged up pygmy warrior to their travels until she discovered she was a Pygmy dragon.

Detailing: was great.

Overall this book is one of the books that I thought I’d like in a so-so way but I really did enjoy every last bit of it once I got the flow of the story. Quite a good fantasy book this is one of those books that I personally read up until 4 or 5 in the morning since at times I’m quite a slow reader when I still have other things to do for school. Anyway I’m looking forward to reading book two.



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