The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton: Exclusive Cover Reveal + Contest

Today, I am SO excited to be bringing you the exclusive cover reveal for The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton, book 2 in the Chronicles of the Black Tulip and sequel to The Vanishing Island (which was one of my favorite books of 2015).

Besides sharing the gorgeous cover, and thrilling synopsis, we also have a chance for you to win The Vanishing Island, so you can prepare for Dragon’s Gate, which comes out later this year. And if you’re still not convinced that this book is for you, then you’ll have to check out the AMAZING reviews we have for the book today courtesy of some very passionate 9-year-old readers …

Like Harry here, who, like us, can’t wait for The Dragon’s Gate:

The Vanishing Island is one of the best books I’ve ever read it just leaves you wondering about what’s gonna happen. I never wanted to stop reading!

I recommend this book to anybody who likes action and adventure and can handle putting down a really good book.

Also I don’t think anybody can wait for book #2, it’s probably gonna be as good and better!

With praise like that, how can you resist?

So, without further ado … here is the gorgeous cover for The Dragon’s Gate:

Dragon's Gate - Cover Final

Isn’t it just stunning? I adore the covers for this series, beautifully illustrated by Priscilla Wong. I love all the action this one conveys; it makes me even more excited to read The Dragon’s Gate! Here’s more about the book:

What is the Dragon’s Gate? And what ancient power does it contain?

A magical white jade stone and a map inscribed in bone that may be the key to an even greater mystery—this is the treasure Bren and Mouse have found buried on the Vanishing Island. Mouse is determined to follow the map to a place called the Dragon’s Gate, convinced it will explain who she really is and the powers she possesses. Bren has had enough adventure for one lifetime and wants nothing more than to return to his father in Map. But nothing goes according to plan when the survivors of the Albatross are rescued by Lady Jean Barrett, a charismatic archaeologist with a sense of destiny.

Barrett is on a quest for the Eight Immortals, ancient artifacts she believes are buried in the tomb of China’s first emperor—the location of which has been hidden for nearly 2,000 years. The only way for Bren, Mouse, and Barrett to all get what they want is to work together on a dangerous journey into the heart of China, a kingdom long closed to outsiders, where the greatest secrets about Mouse and Bren are waiting to be unveiled.

And if that doesn’t convince you, here are more amazing kid reviews for The Vanishing Island. These kids are all 4th graders in my friend’s class, and their reviews are posted here with their (and their parents’) permission!

vanishing islandHannah:

The Vanishing Island is a mix of survival and excitement. Over vast oceans in ships and finally ended up on a unknown island. What will happen next…

I recommend The Vanishing Island to any person brave enough to venture over vast oceans in ships and fight menacing pirates. Do you dare to read The Vanishing Island?

I recommend The Vanishing Island to anyone that likes fiction with survival mixed in. The Vanishing Island is full of crazy cliffhangers.


Everything is survival.

The Vanishing Island is full of adventure, cliff hangers and action. After many tries Bren Owens, a boy about 12, finally embarks on a journey on a ship set out to find the lost treasure of Marco Polo. Little does he know that he is being dragged into a dangerous game. When the Admiral notices Bren’s talents of a great memory Bren is now navigators apprentice, and when Otto, part of the crew, kills the navigator and eats all their food and drinks all the water, Bren is left with no choice but to be the navigator. After the misfortunate event in Cape Colony Bren realizes that he is being played with and he plans to figure it out. On this ship Bren learns lots of lessons and secrets about other people. Embark on a journey in thrilling, action packed book, The Vanishing Island.


The book The Vanishing Island was a fantastic book. It is about a boy who is a little tall for his age and gets in trouble and gets a punishment of working in the vomitorium and finds a dying man who gives him a secret map or secret message that brings him on this awesome adventure to this island called the Vanishing Island on this ship there was the admiral, Bren, Mouse, Otto, Mr.Van Decken, Mr.Richer and Mr.Tybert. I like how at the end it just leaves you hanging.

I would recommend this book to all the people who like action and adventure books to read this book. This is the best book I have ever read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!


This book was very interesting with a mixture of gods and seas. I loved it ! Barry Wolverton is clearly a natural storyteller with the tales of a boy wanting the freedom to be at sea on a ship in search for treasure but is that treasure what he wants ? This book is one of my favorites of all time, I can’t wait for the next one.


The Vanishing Island was a good book. It was full of adventure and action. I loved it and I think that there should have a whole bunch of other books like that. They should also have the same characters in the first one. They should also have a couple new characters.

Aren’t these amazing! Many thanks to these kiddos & their teacher for sharing these amazing reviews with us!

contestCan’t wait for The Dragon’s Gate? Here is your chance to dive into The Chronicles of the Black Tulip before it hits stores later this year.

We’re giving away two fantastic prizes, courtesy of the folks at Walden Pond Press:

  • 1st Prize: Finished copies of The Vanishing Island and Neversink by Barry Wolverton
  • 2nd Prize: Finished copy of The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton

To enter, we want you to share this cover reveal all across the interwebs! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to get started and discover all the ways you can earn an entry! The more places you share this post, the more chances you have to win.

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Contest is open to the U.S. only and runs through midnight (PT) on Wednesday, February 17th.

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