Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by D. M. Fife
13 year old Danny is a typical boy of his age. Not the most popular kid in school, but has some good friends. Starting his new school year for the 8th grade, a new girl in school, Sabrina Drake, catches his attention. Danny and his friends like to play a card game called Knights, which had 3 factions, Light (good), Gray (neutral) and Dark (evil).
After fighting in school one day, Danny has detention and needs to stay after. Once relieved from detention, he starts to leave school but is sidetracked with an earthquake type shaking and strange noises. He could never have imagined what he saw in the schoolyard - a dragon fighting a shadow. He soon discovers the dragon is the new girl in school and the card game is actually a battle that exists in life. Danny has a special power that allows him to “see the light” and he must choose if he wants to ignore this gift/curse or help defend others. He chooses to help defend others and goes through training to learn how to fight, along with some of his school friends.
In the spirit of good vs. evil, the Light vs. the Dark, Danny and his friends learn many things in this faraway land, along with the typical who do who believe and trust and who not to. Danny and his friends learn quite a lot in their first year as squires.
Very well written, flows nicely and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, with a great mix of characters of all sorts, humans, elves, etc. This is a good read for young adults, as well as adults, the way the Harry Potter series was good for all ages. This is a story that may not have left you with any sort of a cliffhanger, but definitely has the potential for more adventures for Danny and his friends.