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"A wonderfully written side story to the Arthurian legend with never-considered twists, fun details and tremendous heart. Leonard is a marvelous hero-in-the-making and Mantooth is the first dragon in a long time who really deserves a hug." -- Carolyn Hennesy, Author of the Pandora series

"Dragonfriend starts with a chuckle then quickly develops into a brave quest, climaxing in a truly epic battle between knights, dragons and fiends from Hell. Honestly, what more could you want?" -- Keith Robinson, Author of the Island of Fog Series


"...a feisty, fresh take on turning a lowly page into a full-blown hero." -- Brian Clopper, Author of Irving Wishbutton

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"...he was brave, meaning he had the courage to do something that needed to be done even though he was scared to death." -- p.36, Dragonfriend
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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard the Great
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453628487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453628485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,397,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher! This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure! Although he begins with a well-known legend in the form of Camelot, the author takes the reader into a whole new realm of creatures and magic we have not seen before. Even some of the most vicious creatures are creative and endearing in this version of the fabled kingdom.

I know boys and girls alike will find this story fascinating and fun. My daughter might complain that it gets a bit "yucky" during the battle scenes, but not more than would cause any normal fifth grade boy to yell out "cool!" as he reads through it. In turn, the boy in my house might not appreciate the innocent crush Leonard has on Maiden Glennys, but my daughter will eat it up. A marvelous balance that is hard to create as an author and I believe Eschbacher has done it superbly.
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What a fun read! Camelot is no longer just about King Arthur his knights and Merlin. There is a new hero in town. Leonard is a bright young boy who who ends up on a quest full of adventure, humor, a little gore and just a touch of romance. He is mature in a lot of respects but there are several instances (funny and sad) that remind us that he is just a kid. From fairies to the creatures from the underworld, the array of mythical beasts is great. I grew attach to Leonard and can't wait for the next book. Though this is a juvenile book that would attract both boys and girls, I highly recommend it for us big kids.
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Fun fast paced colorful story, inventive, creative twists with heartfelt childlike humor and wonder. Roger puts life and humble grace in sir Leonard making the underdog a reluctant hero. Loved the tale and awaiting the next book. Bravo!
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DRAGONFRIEND is a feisty, fresh take on turning a lowly page into a full-blown hero. Leonard is a decidedly square peg in a time when knights and warriors were completely concerned with being round, as in being invited to sit at the Round Table. Less concerned about being somebody and more about doing the right thing, Eschbacher's hero radiates warmth and sincerity. As a fan of the more whimsical takes on King Arthur and his court, I loved this book. It moves at a swift pace and really puts the romp back into fantasy adventure while eschewing the pomp so often cluttering up medieval lit. I especially liked Leonard's interactions with the dragons and the delightful Piffle whose chutzpah will charm your socks off. I eagerly await the next volume of this fine, upstanding series. Way to go, Roger!

Brian Clopper
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Although not a big fan of this kind of literature, this book was suggested to me and I immediately fell in love with it. Roger Eschbacher spins a brilliant tale and it's the kind of book you don't want to put down. As the father of three young boys, I can't wait until they are old enough for me to read this amazing story to them.

Jeffrey Miller
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Dragonfriend is a vastly appealing and entertaining adventure story that offers a clever, imaginative and frequently hilarious take on the age of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table legends. I have been a fan of Roger Eschbacher since the 90's after seeing his work as a writer, actor and performer with the legendary LA improv comedy troupe, The Groundlings. He was a gifted and standout writer then, demonstrating a keen intellect, subtle wit and an uncanny skill of drawing humor out of the everyman everyday trials and tribulations most in the audience could recognize, relate to and laugh about. Mr. Eschbacher has clearly used the skills he honed in live theatre and television to make a seamless transition to fiction, crafting a tightly woven tale with lots of unexpected twists and turns and introducing us to another of his everyman characters, Leonard, a young man of humble beginnings but great promise and an incredible knack for running into people, dragons and other creatures who often don't share his interest in self preservation. A wonderfully fun and imaginative book that is perfect for kids and adults.
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Leonard the Great, Book One: Dragonfriend, has everything a middle-grade Arthurian fantasy needs: magic, romance, action, sword-fighting, a princess, monsters, lots of dragons and, the most important item of all, a regular kid who makes good.

Leonard is a simple page, serving the worst knight in the kingdom, Sir Ronald the Mediocre. When Leonard finds a depressed dragon, he devises a brilliant plan that will make his master famous for his bravery and skill in battle. Like all brilliant plans hatched by teenage boys, it goes spectacularly awry. From that point, the pace never lets up as Leonard finds he not only has to rescue the hapless Sir Ronald, he must pass through a dangerous enchanted forest to the home of the dragons to execute another brilliant plan that will save Camelot. Or destroy it.

Dragonfriend plays with all the conventions of the Arthurian fantasy, and Eschbacher does it skillfully and with a lot of humour. I found myself smiling and laughing, when I wasn't on the edge of my seat. The characters were vividly drawn and rang absolutely true. We've all met these people in our own lives.

It's a quick, easy and enjoyable ride, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Leonard the Great saga.
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