DarkIsle by D. A. Nelson
Middle Grade, Fantasy
This was the Middle Grade read of March for the It’s Not Just A Book Club. This was a reread for me. DarkIsle is the first book in the DarkIsle trilogy.
This book contains pigmy dragons who can’t fly, but can breathe fire, dodos with magic satchels, rats who can talk and a foster child who escapes a cellar and embarks on a magical adventure like no other.
This story is heart-warming and intriguing and strange and really quite dark at times. It is also quite short. DarkIsle won the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Book in the 8-11 age range. The world in this book is delightful and intriguing, although I would have liked to have seen more of it.
My one complaint about this book is Morag. I felt like her individual personality could have been developed more. We know she is brave etc., but we don’t really know many of the smaller details about her: what her favourite colour is- that kind of thing. I felt like that would have endeared her more to the reader and made her more real.
In conclusion, I definitely recommend this book to lovers of middle grade fantasy and to children!