DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke

DRAGON RIDER

From the "Dragon Rider" series, volume 1
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When human development threatens the remote Scottish valley where the earth’s last remaining silver dragons have hidden, Firedrake, a determined young dragon, and his friend Sorrel, an irascible brownie, set out to find the Rim of Heaven, a remote Himalayan valley said to be the ancient home of the dragons. In short order they pick up Ben, a stout-hearted orphan lad, and Twigleg, a homunculus in the joyless employ of Nettlebrand, the evil artificial golden dragon whose sole purpose in life is hunting and killing silver dragons. The twin imperatives to evade Nettlebrand and to find the Rim of Heaven form the engine that drives this narrative, and the importance of belief—in goodness, in possibility, in magic, in love—provides the fuel. Various secondary characters pop up to help or to hinder, genially straining credibility with the tidiness of plot-driven need. This solid adventure lacks the lusciousness of language and intricacy of plot that marked last year’s Inkheart, but it does carry the reader along at breakneck pace, the inevitably victorious ending no less satisfying for all its predictability. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-45695-9
Page count: 528pp
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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