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When the balance in magic is overturned, a girl and her foxdragon friend are thrown into an adventure to save their lush, tropical island. Naiya and the Foxdragon is a coming of age story and illustrated novel inspired by Indonesia and the South Pacific.


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When the balance in magic is overturned, a girl and her foxdragon friend are thrown into an adventure to save their lush, tropical island. Naiya and the Foxdragon is a coming of age story and illustrated novel inspired by Indonesia and the South Pacific.

57 review for Naiya and the Foxdragon (The Isles of Antarah, #1) Special Limited Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Good story. Loved the art. Looking forward to the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)

    3ish for the story, but the illustrations were gorgeous so i bumped it up

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie.g

    I simply loved reading about Naiya and Aru’s journey! The world they live in just draws you in. The culture is vibrant and alive and I love the way Naomi has incorporated magic into the story. Naomi is a talented artist and the illustrations in this novel are breathtaking. There was times that I had to stop reading, just to drink it all in! The story follows a young girl who was raised in the city and dreams of escaping from the endless chores her guardian sets her. When she is instructed to take I simply loved reading about Naiya and Aru’s journey! The world they live in just draws you in. The culture is vibrant and alive and I love the way Naomi has incorporated magic into the story. Naomi is a talented artist and the illustrations in this novel are breathtaking. There was times that I had to stop reading, just to drink it all in! The story follows a young girl who was raised in the city and dreams of escaping from the endless chores her guardian sets her. When she is instructed to take care of a rare foxdragon, however, everything changes. I can’t say much more without ruining the plot of the story but I loved the bond between Naiya and Aru and the way that magic tied into the story. It’s the sort of story I could imagine people of all ages enjoying, so I would recommend it for children too. I think there is supposed to be another book at some point? I’d love to see how Naiya and Aru continue to grow on their journey and read about what is in store for them next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I love Naomi's illustrations and have always felt like they had wonderful stories behind them. If you've seen any of her art work, this book captures a lot of the "behind the scenes" magic and thought that must be behind each of her works of art. I backed this book on kickstarter, and I'm so glad I did. The world for this story is vibrant and colorful, and full of character. This book feels very foundational in the setting of what I hope is a longer series, and it was very exciting to explore ma I love Naomi's illustrations and have always felt like they had wonderful stories behind them. If you've seen any of her art work, this book captures a lot of the "behind the scenes" magic and thought that must be behind each of her works of art. I backed this book on kickstarter, and I'm so glad I did. The world for this story is vibrant and colorful, and full of character. This book feels very foundational in the setting of what I hope is a longer series, and it was very exciting to explore magic and the culture of this little world. I'm sure there are so many more politic and power dynamics we only briefly get a taste of, and I really want to hear so much more! The layout of the pages and illustrations were excellent, and I can only imagine how labor intensive it was to get everything to fit well on pages together. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am hopefully there will be a 2nd. The story is told from the perspective of the protagonist Naiya, and as a reader I built great empathy for her. This is only 4 and not 5 stars for me because there were moments where I felt like the other characters were not as believable fully developed as the protagonist. There were moments where I thought to myself "it seems like that person should've done something more extreme," but was able to look past most of those because this isn't an adult book, and honestly I could go for some escapism reading where there's some drama and pressure to succeed, but where the consequences are not violent or make you question a characters' humanity. There also were moments where even though the plot of what was going on should've felt heavy, it didn't punch as hard as I would've expected. (I can't tell if it's because the narration is weak and pacing made each of these heavy things feel fast-forwarded, or if my excitement to read on to get to the next illustration outweighed my experience of sadness) If you are looking for a light adventure book with a protagonist learning to build confidence and explore a really beautiful world in order to help a friend, this is the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ShingetsuMoon

    Content warning: child abuse This book was received as part of a Kickstarter reward. The artwork is beautiful and the world is interesting to read about. Unfortunately, for me the plot took too long to develop. I made it 60% of the way through the book before I stopped reading. The premise is good and a strong fit for a middle grade or YA audience. However, I’m not sure how long kids will stick around to see what happens next. The writing style is wonderful and the illustrations lovely. But I fee Content warning: child abuse This book was received as part of a Kickstarter reward. The artwork is beautiful and the world is interesting to read about. Unfortunately, for me the plot took too long to develop. I made it 60% of the way through the book before I stopped reading. The premise is good and a strong fit for a middle grade or YA audience. However, I’m not sure how long kids will stick around to see what happens next. The writing style is wonderful and the illustrations lovely. But I feel like the city section of the book and stretches on for too long. Naiya’s dedication to Aru is very sweet to see but too that took takes time to develop for me. Even after reaching 60% of the way into the book I feel like I didn’t really have a good grasp on who Aru was beyond simply a magical being in a very unfortunate situation. Readers should also be aware that in the book Nagoya does end up in an abusive situation with her adoptive family. Emotional and physical abuse as well as the labor they put her under. That’s not to say it’s inappropriate, but rather that people should be aware that it is prolific through the first part of the book and may upset younger readers who aren’t prepared for it. Better to use it as a teaching point then to avoid it in my opinion. Overall a beautifully illustrated book but the plot just couldn’t hold my attention.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Dunn

    I backed this book on Kickstarter exclusively because I love Naomi's artwork and I loved the idea of a storybook filled with her illustrations. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived to find out that it was 200+ pages and definitely qualified as a chapter book. The story was magical and charming, the illustrations beautiful, and the world creative and intriguing. The writing itself was a little rough around the edges, and I had trouble sometimes staying in the story because of it. That being I backed this book on Kickstarter exclusively because I love Naomi's artwork and I loved the idea of a storybook filled with her illustrations. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived to find out that it was 200+ pages and definitely qualified as a chapter book. The story was magical and charming, the illustrations beautiful, and the world creative and intriguing. The writing itself was a little rough around the edges, and I had trouble sometimes staying in the story because of it. That being said, I will definitely be recommending it with high praise to my bookworm nieces who are still young and not so discerning about writing style. Side note: This isn't exactly relevant to a Goodreads review, but I feel inclined to mention that this book is the highest quality paperback I have ever encountered. It is one seriously sturdy and gorgeous mofo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie VanDoren

    Oh my, endearing is the right word to describe the main characters! The chapters are short and always leave you wanting to read "just one more" to see how life turns out for Naiya and Aru next! The illustrations draw you into the story and make you want to sit and soak it all in before turning the page. Even the actual physical quality of the pages (almost regal), and the design of the chapter-separating pages (similar yet interestingly different), make you feel like you have entered a special w Oh my, endearing is the right word to describe the main characters! The chapters are short and always leave you wanting to read "just one more" to see how life turns out for Naiya and Aru next! The illustrations draw you into the story and make you want to sit and soak it all in before turning the page. Even the actual physical quality of the pages (almost regal), and the design of the chapter-separating pages (similar yet interestingly different), make you feel like you have entered a special world! I am already looking forward to entering Naiya and Aru's world again to follow their next adventure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Going into this story knowing it's a book for all ages, i was genuinely surprised to find the characters relatable, realistic, and endearing. It's been a long time since I've read a book where I wondered about nearly all the other character's private worlds. I want to know everything about all of them! The world vandoren built is vast and creative but still intimate and I was immediately sucked in. I loved the tropical setting and the effort put in to not only make it functional, but utterly in p Going into this story knowing it's a book for all ages, i was genuinely surprised to find the characters relatable, realistic, and endearing. It's been a long time since I've read a book where I wondered about nearly all the other character's private worlds. I want to know everything about all of them! The world vandoren built is vast and creative but still intimate and I was immediately sucked in. I loved the tropical setting and the effort put in to not only make it functional, but utterly in peril. I will 109% read the others when they drop

  9. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Jarvis

    The art is amazing. The writing is...not. I barely made it 30 pages in before I had to give up on the words. It’s a lot of exposition, an absurd amount of repeating character’s names (like we’re going to forget it over every paragraph break?) and just...I don’t even know how to explain, really. Amateurish? Clunky? Like the kind of novel that everyone tries to gently tell you isn’t that great, but you go and self publish it anyway because too many people were too gentle, and now you’ll just write The art is amazing. The writing is...not. I barely made it 30 pages in before I had to give up on the words. It’s a lot of exposition, an absurd amount of repeating character’s names (like we’re going to forget it over every paragraph break?) and just...I don’t even know how to explain, really. Amateurish? Clunky? Like the kind of novel that everyone tries to gently tell you isn’t that great, but you go and self publish it anyway because too many people were too gentle, and now you’ll just write the second one and Then They’ll See!! It’s a beautiful book, but...not for reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katy O'Quinn

    Naiya and the Foxdragon has it all: endearing characters on an epic quest, journeying through a beautifully illustrated world that is just waiting to be explored. This beautiful story paired with exquisite illustration is a delight to read for all ages, and extends the young adult fantasy genre to Oceania, a geographic and cultural setting that is very rarely visited by fantasy authors. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! Naiya and the Foxdragon has it all: endearing characters on an epic quest, journeying through a beautifully illustrated world that is just waiting to be explored. This beautiful story paired with exquisite illustration is a delight to read for all ages, and extends the young adult fantasy genre to Oceania, a geographic and cultural setting that is very rarely visited by fantasy authors. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ferial

    Brilliant! I used this book as a portal to escape reality and enter a magic realm. Naiya & Aru took me on an unexpected journey full of courage, hope & wonder. Nice to find some Dutch words in the story (tante & eiland) too & what a wonderful illustrations! Looking forward to the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beverley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the story and the illustrations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A very sweet YA adventure story of Naiya and Aru. Very descriptive prose. I backed this book on Kickstarter because of the art, and the illustrations are definitely where this book shines brightest!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Such a lovely book 😊

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This book is delightful in so many ways. The art is exquisite, the characters are engaging, the world building is the perfect blend of detailed and accessible and the story pulled me in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ian Moore

    I wanted to love this book. The illustrations are beautifully done and the premise was promising. In reality, I got about half way through before I gave up. The writing feels like a third draft; Aside from some typos, some passages feel unnecessary, clumsy, and repetitive to the point where it all interfered constantly with my ability to enjoy the story. My kids were drawn to the cover and the artwork, but didn't stick with it very long. It's a good beginning. It needed more time and refinement I wanted to love this book. The illustrations are beautifully done and the premise was promising. In reality, I got about half way through before I gave up. The writing feels like a third draft; Aside from some typos, some passages feel unnecessary, clumsy, and repetitive to the point where it all interfered constantly with my ability to enjoy the story. My kids were drawn to the cover and the artwork, but didn't stick with it very long. It's a good beginning. It needed more time and refinement to the words. And as much as love her illustrations, even then there were some missed opportunities. A scene where the titular fox dragon is “cornered… growled and snapped at his attackers, clearly upset and in distress,” the image shows him sitting peacefully in the cage. I felt all the drama of the scene was lost.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Silvannen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ana

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anson VanDoren

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rose

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Culbertson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Char

  23. 5 out of 5

    Efrain

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dheeraj

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Krochta

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seb Fabre

  28. 5 out of 5

    Penny Wood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresinha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Archie

  31. 5 out of 5

    Lari

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  33. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Everett

  34. 5 out of 5

    Aly

  35. 4 out of 5

    Auntie Goose

  36. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Phister

  37. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  38. 4 out of 5

    Alain

  39. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

  40. 5 out of 5

    Emma Goetz

  41. 5 out of 5

    Hope

  42. 5 out of 5

    Frances

  43. 5 out of 5

    Evelien

  44. 5 out of 5

    Serethiel — now on The StoryGraph

  45. 4 out of 5

    Moonflower

  46. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  47. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  48. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  49. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  50. 4 out of 5

    Jissell

  51. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  52. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  53. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

  54. 4 out of 5

    Madelaine

  55. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  56. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  57. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

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