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Aimed at slightly younger readers than her previous novels, despite its massive five hundred pages, Dragon Rider is about a brave young dragon called Firedrake who embarks upon a dangerous journey to the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas--a magical place where silver dragons can rest easy, free from the threat of destruction by mankind and their only hope of sanctuary. The key to its location is a map rendered by a rat who is a master cartographer.
Firedrake is joined on his quest by Ben, an orphaned boy, and Sorrell--a wise-cracking Brownie that is an odd, but ingenious, grumpy kind of fairy. Their journey is not a straightforward one by any means. Created by an alchemist called Petrosius Henbane in 1424, Nettlebrand (a malevolent creature covered in impenetrable gold plates) is their biggest threat--he is intent on destroying them. Nettlebrand is aided by Twigleg, a homunculus who has stowed away in Ben's bag and who is feeding reports on their progress back to his master.
Their exciting encounters are many... It is easy to forgive the narrative's excessive length when readers are gorging on such a wonderfully inventive and readable story from an author who has her readers in the palm of her hand on every page. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay
Couldn't put it down! My 10 year old grandson loved it so I read it to see what he was enjoying...We had great discussions about the story. Highly recommended.Published 29 days ago by Lee Pensinget
i just love it. Its a great story for advanced readers who like fantasy stories about animals. I am just a 7-year old, but it's just wonderful. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Twilight
I read this to my 6 year old over the course of a few weeks. She absolutely loved it.Published 1 month ago by Steven J. Welton
Review of the Audio version:
The story was not something that consistently appealed to me, although my kids loved it, but I must admit that I was amazed by Brendan Fraser's... Read more
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funk proved to be a wonderful escape. I loved each of the characters and their unique personalities. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The DMS
I read this excellent book with my seven-year-old daughter. I started reading it to her. Then she wanted to read it to me. Then we traded back and forth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harley G. King
A good book. Brendan Fraser is absolutely wonderful as the narratorPublished 5 months ago by susanne luckie