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The Pygmy Dragon (Shapeshifter Dragon Legends Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is a cute book. It has a 3ft 11.5in MC who goes to dragon riding school.
My biggest issue with this book is that Pip spends the first half of it naked. The invaders toss her in a zoo at age 8, and Pip (apparently) doesn't realize she should wear clothes until she escapes and attends school at 15. She frequently finds herself naked for various reasons throughout the rest of the book.
My second biggest issue is how powerful she is. She's like her own walking deus ex machina. The only power she doesn't have is healing. (As in, she can freeze an entire room with a single word.) The worst part is that she doesn't have to try. It just comes naturally to her. The very first time she tried flying, she started singing and dancing midair because she was having so much fun. That's right, she did loop de loops and spirals the very first time she took to the air.
I did like that Pip met a variety of friends, and that the bullies had a little character to them. I appreciated that the adults told Pip when she was acting rudely or foolishly.
The friends weren't well fleshed out. The school felt like an outline rather than a fully conceived place with over a thousand students. (Part of this was probably because Pip was very inward focused. She was always thinking about how things affected her.) Also, for a dragon-riding school, the students didn't seem to do much dragon riding. Maybe that's just the first years. Again, I didn't get a good feel for it.
I loved the friendship between dragons and riders! They teased each other and just adored each other to pieces. They really wanted to look out for each other and spend time together. Dragons were not aloof in this world, and they were huge (one was the size of a mountain, and some had wingspans of hundreds of feet).
I noticed some criticism that the plot/conflict doesn't pick up until halfway through the book. All Pip has to deal with is bullies and being locked in a zoo before then. Finally, some evil dragons try to take over.
I completely disagree.
Pip's conflict is dealing with bullies and the zoo. She is trying so hard to feel human. Her only friend is an ape, and other students call her monkey. This may not seem world-shattering dangerous, but, to Pip, her identity is her world. Not every book needs attacking dragons! Not every conflict needs to threaten kingdoms.
Epic-like books with "small" conflicts.
Life of Pi - one boy lost in the ocean. With a tiger.
Ella Enchanted - one girl fighting a curse that affects only herself.
Sorcerer's Stone (first half)- this boy with a tragic past goes to a magical school. No fighting or invading or assassinations happen until late in the book. No one's complaining about this book!
So, you see, conflict doesn't necessarily mean armies of invading dragons trying to destroy everything and MC in particular!
Conflict can be personal.
I love this book! The world has extra moons, twin suns, and poisonous gas between the islands. Details of dragon life, dragon lore, legends, and the islands bring this unique world to life. The characters are captivating, the dangers are palpable, and the story is perfectly written. I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel!
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