HomeAuthor ShowcaseCrimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain, by Valerie Pike | Dedicated Review

Crimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain, by Valerie Pike | Dedicated Review

Review sponsored by Valerie Pike
The Children’s Book Review | October 9, 2017

Crimson and the Battle of Lonely MountainCrimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain

Written by Valerie Pike

Illustrated by Jillana Marshall

Age Range: 7 and up

Paperback: 54 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016)

ISBN: 978-1533575036

What to expect: Dragons, fantasy, adventure, and friendship

Crimson is a young, lonely dragon with a special gift – he sheds scales that turn into precious, beautiful rubies. Because of this, his mother keeps him in a cave high up on the mountain, where no greedy dragons can harm him or steal his piles upon piles of rubies.

One day, Princess Penelope ventures up to his cave. She’s looking for love, and has been told that someone in the cave might be able to help her. Sure enough, Crimson is guarding a rare ruby necklace that belongs to a handsome prince. If a princess puts it on and it glows, they will find true love together. It seems perfect that the necklace glows when she puts it on, and she rushes to the village to complete the ritual to find her prince. Meanwhile, a nasty dragon from across the countryside finds Princess Penelope and her beautiful ruby necklace. This sets off a chain of events that threatens the whole village. Can Crimson help Princess Penelope and the villagers? And will they all find love and happiness in the end?


This is a sweet book for young fans of fantasy. There are dragons, fairies, a prince and a princess, and more precious jewels than can fit in a dragon’s treasure chest. The book is short and the writing is sparse, making it easier for younger readers that are just mastering the art of reading. Crimson is sympathetic, and children will immediately be drawn to his sweet nature and sparkly powers. The book has a message of love and courage and a very happy ending, making this a not-too-scary fantasy adventure.

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About the Author

Valerie Pike

Valerie Pike

Valerie Pike is a Creative Writing Award Winner of Art Tales Adult Fiction 2013.  She was born in the Southern United States and now lives in California.  She enjoys writing children’s books, teaching yoga and designing yoga clothes.

You can follow her websites for her other products at www.CrimsontheDragon.com and www.theYogaBerries.com.

About the Illustrator

Jillana Marshall

Jillana Marshall

Jillana Marshall has been a freelance illustrator, and exhibiting gallery artist since she received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1980. She lives and works out of Big Bear Lake, California.  See her other works at JillanaMarshallart.com.

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  • This book is so beautifully illustrated. I think my granddaughter would love this since it has a princess.

    October 22, 2017

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