Reviews tagged "dragons"


Ancient, Strange, and Lovely by Susan Fletcher

As a kid, I loved Susan Fletcher’s “Dragon’s Milk” books, so I was pleased to see that she’d revisited the series in her newest novel.  The books tell complete stories and can be read in any order, but this one is definitely the last chronologically; it’s set in the near future, which means that in […]


The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]


Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]


His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

It is the year 1805. The Napoleonic Wars are waging, and under the command of Captain Will Laurence, HMS Reliant has just captured a French frigate carrying a dragon egg. Laurence’s life is changed forever when the dragon hatches and immediately bonds with him. Since dragons are necessary to England’s defence, and since they cannot […]


Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

Jake Mendoza lives with his dad in the settlement on Smokehill National Park, a dragon preserve of millions of acres where endangered dragons can live unmolested. But when Jake is out on his first overnight venture alone into the park, he comes across a newly born — and newly orphaned — dragonlet. Of course, Jake […]


Dragonspell by Donita Paul

Kale has been a slave all her life in the remote town of River Away on the island of Amara. Then she discovers a dragon egg, and she is sent to the large city of Vendela to join the service of Paladin. But things don’t turn out exactly as she’d planned, and she finds herself […]


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I confess my initial reaction when I heard about this book was petty annoyance mixed with grudging admiration. How could a young whippersnapper like Paolini get a book published at age 15? It must be junk. I had no real interest in reading the book, but when I saw it at the top of the […]


Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

This book is set in the same world as McCaffrey’s adult Pern novels, but you don’t have to read any of them to enjoy it–I didn’t. The heroine is Menolly, a teenaged girl in Half-Circle Sea Hold who loves music and dreams of becoming a Harper. But her father thinks that it’s not a woman’s […]


The Dragon’s Milk Series by Susan Fletcher

The only bad thing about Susan Fletcher is that she isn’t very prolific. She has only released five books as far as I am aware. However, those books, including this trilogy — Dragon’s Milk, its prequel Flight of the Dragon Kyn, and its sequel Sign of the Dove — are charming and well-written. Each of […]


The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

This book employs a clever twist on the usual chronological narration: it begins in the middle of the story, goes on for several chapters, then moves backward and begins at the timeline’s beginning. Halfway through the novel, the action finally has moved up to the place at which it began, and Part Two proceeds to […]