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Black Dragon Codex (The Dragon Codices) Hardcover – August 26, 2008

Book 3 of 7 in the Dragon Codices Series

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Grade 6–8—Satia, a girl raised by thieves, is in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is kidnapped. Septimus, the dragon who has snatched her, is transformed into a boy by his mother's magic in an effort to save him from the High Dragonlord Thordane's army, and she is taken captive. Septimus and Satia strike a bargain: he will help her return home if she will help him free his mother from Thordane's grasp. While the book is packed with magical creatures and exciting battles, it is weak on characterization. The strongest one is Satia, who uses her skill at lying to talk their way out of many a tricky situation. With short chapters and accessible language, this story will appeal to young fantasy lovers and is a good choice for reluctant readers.—Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Dragon Codices
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786949724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786949724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelonia on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Septimus is a young black dragon in need of a magical item for his hoard. Getting such an item is a rites of passage thing for black dragons. He goes to an auction to buy a chalice but is out bid. Septimus tries to snatch the chalice anyway, but is chased away.

Satia is a thief and a liar living on the street in Gwynned. She is watching the auction from a roof top when Septimus escapes.

On his way Septimus picks up Satia, meaning to make a meal of her, but as he returns to his cave, he is attacked by red dragons and a wizard. The wizard catches Septimus' mother. To save her son she turns him into a human boy. Since it's not his magic, he lost all his dragon magic and power in the process, and his helpless when the wizard takes off with his mother.
Satia and Septimus make a deal: She will help him free his mother and afterwards he will return her safely to Gwynned. On their quest they come across goblins, hobgoblins, ogres, draconians, red dragons, and a confused old knight.

Will they be able to free the dragon? Is any of these shady characters reliable?

An evil dragon and a liar and thief may not be the most sympathetic characters, but both Septimus and Satia are courageous. The story is good and I really liked the ogre solution, which wasn't expected at all.
Another great Dragon Codex book. Any dragon lover would like this one. Books like these aren't just for YA. I sure enjoy them and i'm twice that age.
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By Lisa on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An exciting adventure that will appeal to young fantasy readers (grades 3-6 is my guess). Well developed characters, plenty of action, and a good dose of humor.
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By K. Kemski on June 11, 2014
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There are no complaints, the book delivered as promised and in good condition. This series is a good read for tweens.
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My son cannot stop talking about the book and, with the little bit I have read, I can see why.
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