Aug 7, 2009

The Dragonslayer's Apprentice

by David Calder

This little book is about a smart-alecky young girl who wants to be the first ever female dragonslayer. She convinces the current dragonslayer of the realm to take her on as an apprentice, and sets out on a run of adventures as they travel from village to village, confronting dragons and other nasty creatures that are causing problems. The girl tries to bluster her way through fighting dragons even though she has no experience, and the Dragonslayer begins to wonder where she came from, with her annoying attitude and strange desire to do this dirty job that no one else wants. I thought The Dragonslayer's Apprentice was a fun and entertaining read, with a few nice surprises. The isn't a lot of character depth or plot complexity, but for a book this length aimed at younger readers, I didn't mind at all and just enjoyed the story.

Rating: 3/5 ........ 160 pages, 1997

7 comments:

carolsnotebook said...

Sounds cute, but I think mydaughter loves dragons to much to read about dragonslayers.

Jeane said...

Ah, but if I remember rightly - spoiler- I think the girl ended up saving one of the dragons instead of killing it.

Cath said...

I was curious about the author as it's the same name as a favourite British actor of mine. I couldn't find any info anywhere about him and am guessing it can't be the same person but it's curious, nevertheless.

Janet said...

This sounds familiar... I'm wondering if I might have read it and misfiled it in my mind under Anne McCaffrey.

Jeane said...

Janet- I don't really see how you could confuse it w/McCaffrey. It's much more simplistic and juvenile (not in a bad way) than her works.

Oh said...

I might read this one! It's the perfect time to read something light and not too long.

Susan said...

Perfect for reading to my daughter next Christmas! thank you, Jeane. I would never have found this!