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Saving the Dragon (Penelope's Dragon Book 1) Kindle Edition
Princess Penelope wants nothing more than to study at the Academy of Mages. Despite her natural talent, her father refuses to even entertain the idea. So when the opportunity arises to visit her mysterious wizard godfather, Penelope leaps at the chance. She never expects to find a different kind of magic in the arms of her godfather’s reclusive nephew, Stefan.
When an unexpected enemy uses Stefan’s secrets against them, Penelope’s magic and courage are put to the test. Can she rescue the man she loves? Or will she fall Saving the Dragon?
- ASIN : B00TGSXFU4
- Publication date : April 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 5138 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,425 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Princess Penelope of Saleria has always wanted to learn magic, and her father’s persistent refusals do nothing to quell her curiosity. After visiting the Wizard Stellan, her estranged godfather, for a holiday, Penelope learns a secret about Steelborough Castle that sets her on a magical path that opens every door she’s ever wanted to look into. However, Penelope’s not the only one who wants Stellan’s secrets.
Though it’s far from Disney material, Penelope’s quick wit and determination will bring Disney’s Ariel and Rapunzel to mind. She’s an enjoyable protagonist, sweet and good natured, but also clever, gutsy, and selfless. You are endeared to her quickly and will find yourself rooting for her throughout the story. The other characters grow on you too as you get to know them and their personalities.
The story itself is very fast paced. Though the magic system in the trilogy feels larger than what was covered, Cleveland decided to only focus on the elements that would be important to this book so that the reader could keep straight what they needed to know. She also doesn’t waste the reader’s time in talking about unimportant sessions or life in Saleria with Penelope in the castle. Her writing is straight to the point and tells you what you need to know for that scene without info dumping, causing the story to move at a brisk pace.
Be advised that while this book does not contain such a scene, there is brief dialogue that alludes to a rape fantasy. This was not at all a dealbreaker for me, but due to the sensitive nature of the dialogue, I felt it appropriate to stick this here so people know to expect it.
If you like fantasy romances, quick reads, and crafty protagonists, buy Saving the Dragon! You definitely won’t regret it.
With a cast of memorable main and supporting characters, I think SAVING THE DRAGON would suit most teenaged to adult readers. Though the book feels YA to me -- the language is accessible, straightforward, if occasionally anachronistic (which seems purposeful!) -- there are some moments of darkness in it, and the occasional pop of harsh language.
Personally, my favorite characters were those who we don't see as much of, though the book boasts a varied cast of characters who all take part in the final confrontation(s). Mary the cook is my personal favorite, and I found myself rooting for her and Tiffany (the Princess protagonist's handmaid) as the book went on. Sure, our protagonists deserve praise for the courage and ingenuity they show, but I love supporting characters who have their friends' backs through thick and thin.
SAVING THE DRAGON feels to me like Hans-Christian Andersen mashed up with Disney's TANGLED, and it gets its tone just right: it wants to tell a familiar-feeling tale and ensure that the reader has a ton of fun reading it! I'm looking forward to the sequel, and hope there are some characters that we've not seen the last of yet...
I am looking forward to reading more about Penelope and Salarath in the author's next book!
Very excited to read Book 2, but first I must rest. Like the characters of this story, I am exhausted from the adventure! xD
“Saving the Dragon” is a story of good magic versus evil magic. It’s also a love story with a surprising twist. For fantasy fans who enjoy their wizards, witches, spells and suspense, this novel may be just what the wizard ordered. The romance is chaste enough so that it’s suitable for younger readers as well.
I enjoyed following this courageous heroine as she battles to save the one she loves. And the ending left me wanting to know what happens next.
The author and I agreed to do an honest review of each other’s books.