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