"Elish delivers a fast-paced, entertaining story with appealing characters, a healthy dose of action, and a dash of humor" ~Publishers Weekly
Born To ... Fight?
Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won't let him forget when his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking.
But when he's attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand.
Killing the giant locust was only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of the Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad's death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose...
"… destined to be a kid-pleasing classic. Readers will be captivated as Ike is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous world … I dare any fan of Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Wonder Woman, Superman—any rollicking adventure story—to pick up The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons and not get hooked.
~Deborah Heiligman, Award-winning author of Vincent and Theo
Eleven-year-old Ike Rupert Hollingsberry's father died while starring in The Fighting Dragons, a popular television show about a modern-day group of dragon-riding knights who fight giant locusts. When Ike is attacked by an enormous locust in New York City, he discovers that the show was a cover-up for actual events and he is the latest member of his family to join the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. Originally founded by King Arthur and the wizard Merlin, the Order is now focused on keeping big bugs from conquering the world. Along with the other knights of his generation, Ike must learn how to ride dragons into battle to fulfill a prophecy and save humankind. Elish (The Worldwide Dessert Contest) delivers a fast-paced, entertaining story with appealing characters, a healthy dose of action, and a dash of humor, but his treatment of both history and legend requires significant suspension of disbelief. Ages 8 12.