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Yanka and the Dragons – Short Story Review

Yanka and the Dragons – Short Story Review
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Last updated on November 27th, 2017

Yanka and the Dragons, Dragon Short Story, fantasy short story
Yanka and the Dragons is an interesting short story about dragons, specifically for those of a younger age, although fans of all ages could enjoy this.

The Good

  • Great idea to start the short story with tension.
    • “None of us moved while we watched the great beast furrow its goat-like snout in the sand.”
  • Fast-moving tense and slow descriptive moments throughout the story creates a nice ebb and flow.
    • I could imagine a girl describing this story. That is to say, I believe Russell J. Fellows did well bringing the main character, Yanka, to life.
  • Although I do not have an interest in dragon stories, this story is overall well-written.
    • This is important because people are more likely to read, or continue reading, an enjoyable story.

The Bad

  • I am biased against dragon stories (I’m not sure why), so I would not have interest in reading more.
    • In fact, my least favorite book from C.S. Lewis is the “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” because of the dragon.

The Unsure*

  • Although, the story begins well with the second paragraph, I did not like the first paragraph. This is probably because the character Yanka mentions what is already going to be described in the next paragraphs. In this case, I would recommend jumping right into the action of the second paragraph (“show” aspects of the story), which creates even more mystery and suspense.
    • In short, the first paragraph is a good example of telling, but not showing the story.
      • Example: “I saw my first dragon today. My brothers and I hid in a cave of a rock outcropping south of our village.” versus “None of us moved while we watched the great beast furrow its goat-like snout in the sand…My hands trembled…” The first one tells, the second example shows. I can feel the action and tension of the second example, but the first leaves me in the distance as a reader.
    • Although, I imagine Russell J. Fellows wanted to add the whole “Papa” mystery at the beginning in the first paragraph.

*My opinion: what I didn’t care for or do not prefer. This will not lower a rating unless it overly distracts from the story.

Anyone a fan of dragons, fantasy, or “come of age” stories will enjoy Yanka and the Dragons. Check out the book here.


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