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E. E. Knight is best known for his post-apocalyptic Vampire Earth saga, which mixes down-and-dirty military science fiction with otherworldly Lovecraftian horror, but if his all-ages fantasy saga The Age of Fire is any indication, he may very well be the next coming of Christopher Paolini (Eragon et al.).
Dragon Avenger, the second novel in the series, isn't so much a sequel to 2005's Dragon Champion as it is an alternate adventure stemming from the same narrative source. While Dragon Champion followed the scaleless gray dragon Auron after his parents were slaughtered by dwarves, Dragon Avenger chronicles the adventures of Auron's sister Wistala, as she sets off alone into the Upper World vowing vengeance against those who killed her beloved parents. But after being befriended by the kindhearted elf Rainfall and a misfit group of animal companions, Wistala begins to learn about the complexities of the world around her -- and soon realizes that vengeance can come in many unlikely forms…
On his web site, Knight lists a number of classic novels he read in his youth that inspired him to write the Age of Fire novels -- Tolkien's The Hobbit, McCaffrey's Pern sequence, Adams's Watership Down, et al. -- and while Dragon Champion and Dragon Avenger aren't exactly modern-day literary masterpieces, they are very well written fantasy adventures with numerous coming-of-age themes that should appeal to readers of all ages. Those who enjoy reading Paolini's Inheritance trilogy, specifically, should enjoy Knight's tales featuring sibling dragons. Paul Goat Allen