Sunday, September 30, 2012

Light and Dark by Daniel M. Fife

Danny is at his first day of school when he first meets Sabrina Drake. She's the beautiful new girl who's also into the card game Knights and she plays with the same deck Danny plays with, the Light deck. 

Danny and his friends remind me a lot of the kids in my high school, except they played Magic the Gathering Cards instead of Knights but it seems like the same basic concept. I never liked the cards, and found them quite nerd like, and it was annoying when I heard them talk about it. 

Danny gets detention for punching one of the boys in his class during a fight, which leads to him having detention and being at the school much later than usual. This is when he spots a real life dragon. It's fighting an awful creature. 

When the creature is slaughtered, the dragon transforms into Sabrina, the pretty new girl. The fact that Danny can see the Sabrina in her dragon form makes him less normal than an average human. 

At the first mention of dragons, I realized this wasn't any ordinary adventure book since the dragons and characters in the other worlds, represent the Knights game. The game is real. This is Magic meets Jumanji.

Sabrina drags Danny home to meet her father, who senses his gift of sight to be more accepting of the knowledge of the dark. Ty was sent her to protect this world from shadows, and he offers Danny the opportunity to become a Knight of the Light, in which Danny will have to move to a school on White Rock Island to be trained. 

Ty gives him a dagger than can only be seen by humans as a pen, and when he goes to school the next day with the dagger on his hip, his best friends notice that it is a dagger, and not a pen as they should have seen it. This must mean that they too have the gift of sight. 

Danny and his friends will be on their way to the White Rock Island at the end of the year, and he is excited for all the adventure he is going to see. He is completely right, this book is packed full of adventure. 

This is a perfect teenage boy book, written from what seems like a teenage boy's imagination. Daniel Fife sure seems like he had a great sense of the imagination and thoughts that go through young boys, which I assume is quite similar to his own inner child's imagination. Doesn't every boy imagine that their dragon card game is actually true. 
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