I’m not often moved to write about James’ bedtime stories but The Coming of Dragons is a great book. We’ve just started it (up to Chapter 4) and what strikes me is the fabulous language; so richly descriptive and evocative. The book’s web-site includes an extract:
"Black. Then blinding white. White like split bone.
Then the wind hit. There was a sound of crashing timber like ten thousand falling trees, and the trading ship Spearwa stood end-up in the waves.
But it was the lightning that had done the damage. The mast was riven from top to bottom and the sail bent towards the deck like a furled swan’s wing, pale in the darkness, bowing to its knees."
Fantastic stuff for eight year olds and Dads alike. Great find by Janet.