Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 & recipient of the Kirkus Star
"A fantasy with tremendous heart and a magisterial execution." Kirkus Reviews (full review)
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"Hints of beloved fantasy throwbacks and tons of excitingly one-of-a-kind ideas coalesce into an impressive, unmissable fantasy adventure in WHERE DRAGONWOOFS SLEEP AND THE FADING CREEPS."
Valerie Ettenhofer for IndieReader (full review)
"Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps is one of the finer works of epic fantasy I've come across in some time, and it's most highly recommended."
Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite (full review)
"Combining the fundamental challenges of growing up with the universal battle of good and evil doesn't always work in literature, but Massey delivers a powerful and entertaining story with his debut work of fantasy."
Self-Publishing Review (full review)
"Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps will captivate young audiences with its unique blend of contemporary thrills and fantasy adventure."
Foreword Clarion Reviews (full review)
"This novel is the enchanting offspring of The Neverending Story and Alice in Wonderland. [...] A charming read with a satisfying plot twist and heartwarming conclusion."
The Booklife Prize by Publishers Weekly (full review)
"Young adult readers take a foray into surrealism in this timely fantasy novel that alternates between middle school reality and an imaginary land to comment on contemporary themes and explore a common teen problem."
BlueInk Review (full review)
"Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps" showcases author A. J. Massey as a master of the genre and a novelist with a genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling."
Midwest Book Review (full review)
"A marvelous book."
Gary Shapiro, Host: From The Bookshelf - KSCO-FM (website)
About the Author:
A.J. Massey writes thrilling fantasy novels for young teens and adults. His first book, Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps, blends shared dream worlds and middle school and was influenced by his favorite childhood movies of the 80s, Labyrinth and The Neverending Story. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Katie, and pet dragonwoofs, Abby and Peanut.
Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps
A normal eighth-grader by day, thirteen-year-old Ben awakens one night in a fantastical dream world where snow burns, the sun disappears and reappears without warning, and magic is addictive.
But the mysterious realm of Meridia is disappearing, eaten by a phenomena called the Fading. Joined by Avery, Marcus, and three dog-like dragonwoofs, Ben journeys across monster-infested oceans and sun-scorched mountains to retrieve the sphinx's head, the key to saving the world and every astonishing creature that inhabits it.
But not everyone wants them to succeed. Soon, they find themselves pursued by the Sovereign and his generals, whose armies will stop at nothing to perpetuate the Fading and its consumption of the land.
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