The Dragon Under My House by Maria Barnes

Every now and then, I come across some lovely novellas and short stories on Kindle. The Dragon Under My House, written by Maria Barnes fits into this category perfectly.

One night, Ellie dreams that she meets a strange, talking catcalled David and travels into an unfinished story with him to help rescue it. Only, it's not truly a dream. Together, they travel to different books, rescuing the plot from abandonment and destruction caused by one man, known as Black Knight, Sorcerer, wizard or stranger, depending on the story. Can they save every book they attempt? And just who is David, anyway?

This is a lovely story, written with a lot of heart. It's also quite clever, and funny too. The plot is clever, the characters fairly bold, and the writing helps the plot along nicely. I especially enjoyed the interaction between David and Ellie. In many ways, David reminded me of the Doctor, and that isn't the only reference...I guess the writer is a fan!

Although it is by no means perfect, it is a great first book from a promising young writer. I can even imagine her sitting at her computer as she wrote this story, especially the climactic finale!

Star rating: 4 from 5

If you want to buy this book, it is currently only available for Kindle through the Amazon website. The UK link is here:


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