Author, novelist, and award-winning poet.
Author L.A. Thompson knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age. She longed to create worlds and characters that would draw people in and transport them to another time and place, which she achieves in her debut novel Isle of Dragons.
L.A. loves fantasy and witchcraft and by combining those elements in her stories with different historical periods, she creates a world that’s in an industrial era caught between technology and magic, exploring the two’s unique interplay.
Being a fantasy writer, adventure is a critical element in all of L. A. Thompson’s books. Her characters face down dragons, engage in duels and travel to the far reaches of the world.
What is a fantasy world without some mysterious elements? L. A. Thompson includes court intrigue and mystery in her adventure books to keep readers hooked until the end.
L. A. Thompson’s books frequently weave in themes of witchcraft and magic, with characters learning about sources of power hidden from themselves and the wider world.
Isle of Dragons
The Hidden Library
L.A. Thompson’s iconic steampunk heroine is back in this richly imaginative quest to find a mysterious magic library that holds the key to winning the war against the corrupt King Jarrod.
Jade and Kaylen, childhood friends turned rivals, now race to find a portal located in an ancient library hidden from mankind for years that will either doom or save their world. To follow the king’s orders and regain all she’s lost, Kaylen must decide what, and who, she is willing to sacrifice. Can Jade, the dragon-taming witch Miria, and the pragmatic pod inventor Dan race against the clock and stop Kaylen from opening the gateway between realms before it’s too late?
Packed with fast-paced action, Jade’s newest adventure introduces new friends and enemies, and magic obstacles beyond anything Jade has seen before. Hang on tight as mysterious revelations unfold about the Isle of Dragons and its inhabitants.
Fans of Jeff Gunzel’s The Legend of the Gate Keeper series and Cecilia Dominic’s The Art of Piracy will be enthralled with L.A. Thompson’s brilliant and magnetic storytelling.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
ISLE OF DRAGON
A teenage girl born into nobility. When her father loses his status as a noble and the royal court banishes him to the Isle of Dragons for his illegal research, Jade sets out to rescue him. Although she has an enthusiasm for magic, she had to stop learning due to the court’s grim view of witchcraft. Meeting Miria and the rest of the Atkins family allows her to learn magic once more. On her journey to the Isle of Dragons, she finds a sense of community she never had back home in the cutthroat world of the royal court. When faced with the choice of going back to her old life and having her father back, it comes at the cost of abandoning all she’s learned on her journey and betraying her friends.
Unapologetic and stubborn, Miria carries on her missing parents’ legacy of witchcraft and dragon taming on her own while caring for her younger siblings. When an opportunity arises to travel the elusive Isle of Dragons, she can’t turn it down. Her Brother, Daniel Atkins, The second oldest of the Atkins siblings, Dan is a kind and gentle soul, who has devoted his life to fixing and creating pods, but when the need arises, he will fight to save and protect the people he values.
Having a love for machines and pods, Dan spends his days in the garage, fixing anything and everything. He also has a few unique inventions to his name and wishes to follow in the footsteps of The Mechanic. Dan feels himself to be inadequate when he’s with Jade and Miria. He has an idealistic personality but tends to doubt himself. Despite what he believes, Dan is clever and resourceful yet loyal and kind.
Having grown up in the capital, Kaylen is extremely loyal to the crown. This devotion leads her to become a Vanshian soldier. Hence, she has no regard for anyone whose interests remotely clash with that of the crown. Kaylen is strong, ambitious and has a strong moral code. She is a strategist and completely devoted to her duties. Even when it comes to her childhood best friend jade, she is not the one to spare and pursues her till the end, to bring her back to Rioda when Jade escapes the law and runs away.
Isle of Dragons
“Author L. A. Thompson has crafted a truly excellent work of fantasy adventure which will not only captivate its younger intended audience but extend into those young at heart readers who want to live out the rebellious adventures of a teen with a determined heart and fire in her belly. One of the things which I most enjoyed about this work was the worldbuilding, setting itself up nicely for an expansive trilogy in a cinematically described and wide-reaching world of fiefs, monarchs, deceptions, politics, magical lore, and gorgeous landscapes.”
K. C. Finn from Readers’ Favorite
“Isle of Dragons is a magical tale that is hard to put down, filled with adventure and a young character’s quest to right a terrible wrong committed against her family.”
Grace Masso from Readers’ Favorite
“I was mesmerized by the fantastical elements present in the narrative and the setting is incredible! I loved Jade’s giant metal centipede and also the general mystery surrounding the species of dragons. All of these elements really added to the flair and plot of the whole book, making it such an interesting and compelling read. I also had fun following Jade and her friends’ adventures and watching them grow from their experiences. Truly, this was a superb reading experience and its ending left me wanting more. Great job.”
Jessica Barbosa from Readers’ Favorite
“This was an engaging fantasy fiction book, one that I will definitely share with others.”
Rebekah Jorgensen from Reedsy Discovery
“Isle of Dragons is a thrilling fantasy adventure that weaves a unique world with medieval and steampunk elements and dragons, magic, mechanical inventions, and power.”
Liz Konkel from Readers’ Favorite
“Taut pacing and the character-driven plot make this young adult novel a worthwhile read.”
Vincent Dublado from Readers’ Favorite
“What a great start to a really entertaining new series!”
Rabia Tanveer from Readers’ Favorite
”Fast-paced and wondrously imaginative, L. A. Thompson's Isle of Dragons is a highly entertaining novel that fantasy lovers are bound to enjoy. With quirky and colorful characters, an engaging plot, and a deliciously crafted world, L. A. Thompson's adventure tale pulls you in for a wild and fantastical ride that you just don't want to get off.”
Pikasho Deka from Reader’s Favorite
"An edgy thriller that blends genres in an exhilarating way. This femme-led fantasy adventure is perfect for YA readers, and is tightly woven with themes of friendship and family, as well as independence, creativity, and the importance of taking big risks in life. Isle of Dragons is a rich foundation for a series, with plenty of room for these characters to grow."
“Isle of Dragons is an excellent fit for fans of fantasy and adventure and those who love to see creative Steampunk mechanical devices, magical fights, and well-developed characters whose story is worthy of reading the next book in the series.”
Chanticleer Book Reviews
“An earnest, action-packed debut that promises future character development and complexity.”