Waiting on Wednesday: Villain Keeper

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he's always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’sThe Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic new series for middle grade readers about a brave young prince’s quest to find answers, honor, friendship—and what it really means to be a hero.

For some reason I'm thinking the main character has mental health issues instead of time travel - I think that's what going on here. That subject really intrigues me and would be a great plot twist but I honestly don't expect it in this middle grade novel. I like that Prince Caden is going to learn what makes a real hero. Real heroes don't slay dragons - at least not in the real world. I like the blend of fantasy and realistic fiction in this book. Everything about Villain Keeper completely intrigues me.

Release Date: February 3rd 2015

What book are you eagerly waiting on?


  1. The book definitely has to suspend your disbelief enough so that you don't assume the main character is just crazy and imagining all of it!

  2. This one definitely sounds interesting. I can see why you are waiting for it! I am curious about the story. Thanks for sharing. :)


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