Dragonborn

Dragonborn

eBook - 2012
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The great wizard Flaxfield's death leaves his twelve-year-old apprentice Sam half-trained, but when other wizards gather and debate his fate Sam, not knowing whom to trust, leaves with only his dragon, Starback, for company, unaware of the perils he must face.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 9781599907475
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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maaki1234
Feb 10, 2019

I realize that I am a 32 year old reviewing a book for juveniles but ---- MOVING ONNNN.

It felt as though instead of building up to the climax of the book this whole book was ONE BIG CLIMAX (or at least that's what it was attempting to do) and did a poor job of it. I didn't feel that there was ANY character development for any of the characters and that's a major negative especially for the main character. I felt nothing for any of them, I was simply neutral. The novel rushed everything but failed to really give an understanding of the backstory of the dead wizard, Flaxfield or the young protagonist, Sam. I mean really, this Sam kid, am I supposed to think he really is gifted? Throughout the novel it's written that Sam is exceptional and yet very little is written to showcase his hidden powers or his personality. Wizards in the novel hmmmming and hawwwing about whether or not he is "the one" which is pretty much how I felt the entirety of the book.

Blanks. Lots of blanks. The problem with not filling in the blanks (and there were many "blanks") is that it leaves your readers having to fill them in on their own but that doesn't necessarily mean that our interpretations are correct. If anything, it left me rather perplexed and irritated that a novel meant for 8-12 yr olds was confusing ME, a 32 year old.

A review on the cover related this book to Alexander, Rowlings, and Tolkien.....HA. No, no, Horn Book Magazine, that's what this author was trying for but unfortunately did not land the jump. I'm grateful the author has good intentions but I found so much lacking in DragonBorn.

What did I like about this book? The cover design. No seriously, Joshua Middleton, I love your artwork. http://www.joshuamiddleton.com/p/gallery_43.html

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grayc11
May 24, 2017

Read this awhile ago and I liked it! I may have a weird sense of books but this was made for a younger crowd (maybe not too young!)-with a mind to understand some complicated "puzzles" in the book.

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JESSICA PILON
Apr 08, 2016

I really didn't like this book. It made pretty much no sense and it was really boring and weird. I would not recommend this book at all.

devorah1231 Mar 12, 2013

Ths book was ok. The plot could have been built better, but was often too elementary. The characters were a little unclear, but enjoyable when they did come out. There was a lot that was vague about the book, and there were a lot of unanswered questions. Still, it did manage to hold my attention, and i might read the next book.

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