Books by Jason Hightman

SAMURAI by Jason Hightman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

It's no picnic being the scion of the last dragon-hunting family. Simon St. George doesn't understand his father, can't pick up girls and spends his days training to destroy the dragons responsible for all the world's plagues. The world is at risk from two powerful dragons seeking to mate, and Simon and his father are off to Japan to kill them before it's too late. There they meet an ancient boys' club of dragon-slaying samurai, who are committed to protecting the secret weapon that the St. George family didn't know existed: Simon's cousin Kyoshi. The two groups of dragon slayers join forces to fight the wicked Japanese and Indian Dragons, but their efforts are hampered by constant infighting. The samurai—ethnic stereotypes and stock characters, all—are unable to communicate with Simon's pigheaded father. The bumbling forces of light fight the unremittingly evil forces of evil in a massive conflagration packed with fire, tigers and torture. Too bad there's no accompanying spark in the choppy prose of this plodding tale. (Fantasy. 12-14)Read full book review >
THE SAINT OF DRAGONS by Jason Hightman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Hightman's dragons are refreshingly evil, directly responsible for all the world's ills: wars, pollution, disasters, crime, corruption, even chronic depression. Having spent most of his 13 years at an exclusive boarding school, lonely, undersized Simon knows nothing of this, until his father, Aldric St. George, snatches him from school with the news that he is the last of an ancient order of Dragonhunters. It's his duty to exterminate the Pyrothraxes, the human-sized reptilian Dragonmen whose variable "magics" apparently function mostly to display unpleasant national stereotypes. Their nemeses aren't much better: Aldric is scruffy, surly, and disappointingly unpaternal; Simon is torn between resentment, fear, and despair at his shortcomings in the family trade. But there is little time for adolescent angst, as the Dragons unfold a terrifying plot for mass destruction. Like a novelization of some unfilmed summer blockbuster, the story piles on nonstop action, terrific set pieces, and lots of spectacular fiery explosions to distract readers from the clunky prose, wooden characters, and nonsensical, cliché-ridden plot. If they can stop to catch a breath, they'll probably just wait for the movie. (Fantasy. 12-15)Read full book review >