Battle Dragons #1: City of Thieves by Alex London

I always love getting to read with my kiddos, and I knew my teen would totally be into this one! Honored to be hosting a spot on the CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1) by Alex London Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours today – check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book:

Title: CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1)

Author: Alex London

Pub. Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 272

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo,

In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart.

Once, dragons nearly drove themselves to extinction. But in the city of Drakopolis, humans domesticated them centuries ago. Now dragons haul the city’s cargo, taxi its bustling people between skyscrapers, and advertise its wares in bright, neon displays. Most famously of all, the dragons battle. Different breeds take to the skies in nighttime bouts between the infamous kins―criminal gangs who rule through violence and intimidation.

Abel has always loved dragons, but after a disastrous showing in his dragon rider’s exam, he’s destined never to fly one himself. All that changes the night his sister appears at his window, entrusting him with a secret…and a stolen dragon.

Turns out, his big sister is a dragon thief! Too bad his older brother is a rising star in Drakopolis law enforcement…

To protect his friends and his family, Abel must partner with the stolen beast, riding in kin battles and keeping more secrets than a dragon has scales.

When everyone wants him fighting on their side, can Abel figure out what’s worth fighting for?


“Battle Dragons is the riproaring opener to a surefire hit series. Alex London has envisioned a world as enthralling as it is dangerous―a society much like our own if it was built on the backs of giant fire-breathing dragons. Readers are sure to burn through the pages as they follow Abel through the shadowy underbelly of Drakopolis, dodging dragon-rider street gangs and a ruthless secret police to save his family. Abel is an endearing and relatable hero struggling under expectations as the youngest of three siblings, and his journey in building self-confidence is sure to ring true with young readers. Above all, cutting through the action is a moving tale of friendship and family, which is at the heart of this thrilling fantasy.”- Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil series

“A rip-roaring loop-de-loop of action and adventure, Battle Dragons will keep readers at the edge of their seat as they cheer on Abel and his friends.”- Kwame Mbalia, author of the Tristan Strong series

We were so excited for the representation in this book for ADHD and nonbinary/queer characters – my teen especially enjoyed being able to relate to the characters, and I always LOVE when books make my children feel SEEN. We were totally sold on the DRAGONS, and I was a huge fan of London’s writing style in this book, really looking forward to continuing on with the series! I loved the world building and setup for the series we got in this one, full of fast-paced action and a great story!

About Alex London: 

ALEX LONDON is the author of over 25 books for children, teens, and adults with over 2 million copies sold. He’s the author of the middle grade Dog Tags, Tides of War, Wild Ones, and Accidental Adventures series, as well as two titles in The 39 Clues. For young adults, he’s the author of the acclaimed cyberpunk duology Proxy, and the epic fantasy trilogy, The Skybound Saga. A former journalist covering refugee camps and conflict zones, he can now be found somewhere in Philadelphia, where he lives with his husband and daughter or online at

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Giveaway Details: 

3 winners will win a finished copy of CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1), US Only, enter the giveaway HERE.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/13/2021Nonbinary Knight ReadsReview
9/13/2021YA Books CentralExcerpt
9/14/2021Don’t Judge, ReadReview
9/15/2021Nerdophiles Review
9/15/2021The Bookwyrm’s DenReview
9/16/2021Rajiv’s ReviewsReview
9/17/2021Locks, Hooks and BooksReview

Week Two:

9/20/2021The Momma SpotReview
9/20/2021Lifestyle of MeReview
9/21/2021Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview
9/21/2021Two Points of InterestReview
9/22/2021Fyrekatz BlogReview
9/23/2021#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee BlogReview
9/23/2021Books and Zebras @jypsylynn Review
9/24/2021A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
9/24/2021BookHounds YAExcerpt

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