Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1)

Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1)

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by E. E. Knight
     
 

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After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who's killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans,

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After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who's killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime...

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Dragon Champion, the first book in E. E. Knight's all-ages fantasy series chronicling the adventures of a fledgling dragon, is a dramatic departure for the author of the bestselling Vampire Earth saga (Valentine's Rising, Tale of the Thunderbolt, et al.) -- an adrenaline-fueled postapocalyptic blend of military science fiction and Lovecraftian horror that chronicles the ongoing war between soul-sucking alien invaders and the last few remaining pockets of human resistance.

Knight's fantasy debut concerns a rare, scaleless gray dragon named Auron. Born high in a mountain cave, he witnesses the slaughter of his parents at the hands of a band of dwarves and eventually matures into the last hope for the survival of his kind. Once above ground, Auron learns quickly just how dangerous it is to be a dragon. With dwarves, elves, and humans relentlessly hunting him, Auron finds friendship in the most unlikely of places -- but the young dragon's quest to find others of his kind may not lead him to the answers he hopes to find…

The good news is that Knight has penned a highly entertaining novel with profoundly moving themes that should appeal to fantasy fans of all ages, especially those with a penchant for dragon-powered story lines à la Anne McCaffrey's Pern and Mercedes Lackey's Dragon Jousters trilogy (Joust, Alta, and Sanctuary). The bad news is that those who have already read Knight's brilliantly dark and addictive Vampire Earth novels and are expecting something similar will be sorely disappointed. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Knight, best known for his Vampire Earth mass market series (Tale of the Thunderbolt, etc.), makes an auspicious trade paper debut with this smoothly written fantasy told from the point-of-view of its dragon hero. Four dragon hatchlings, flameless and dependent on their father to bring home horses and even men as food, face a host of dangers, including fierce dwarves who invade their cave. Only Auron, the pride of the litter, will survive to fight those determined to drive his breed to extinction. Some flat poetry that poses no threat to Tolkien only slightly slows the brisk pace of this bloody, unsentimental fairy tale. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Born without scales or the hunger for gold, the gray dragon Auron escapes the catastrophe that kills his parents and his siblings. Trying to make his way in the Upper World, Auron finds unusual friends in a dwarven child and an elusive green female dragon who falls captive to a power-hungry mage seeking to enslave all dragons to his will. Auron's destiny leads him to a confrontation with the mage and a new beginning for dragons. The author of the "Vampire Earth" series has crafted a series opener with a refreshingly new protagonist who views the world from a draconic, rather than a human, perspective. A fine addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The author of the Vampire Earth series has crafted a series opener with a refreshingly new protagonist who views the world from a draconic, rather than a human, perspective." —Library Journal Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451463630
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Series:
Age of Fire Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
297,556
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The author of the Vampire Earth series has crafted a series opener with a refreshingly new protagonist who views the world from a draconic, rather than a human, perspective." —-Library Journal Starred Review

Meet the Author

E.E. Knight graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in history and political science, then made his way through a number of jobs that related to neither.

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Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The begining of the book had me wondering if I would like it, the end of the book had be loving it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story that sweeps you away in the first few pages! I loved the story line, and the authors ability to put you right in the main characters frame of mind. It is well written, and easy to follow. I just loved every page of it! I am thrilled with the all the books in this series!
b00kadd1ct More than 1 year ago
This is a unique tale as seen from a dragon's point of view. Knight has populated this fantasy with classic creatures such as dragons, elves and dwarves which seem familiar while making them original and fresh. This series focuses on three dragon siblings who face betryal, hardship, love, adventure, ect... each from their own perspective. With a great plot and memorable characters, these books bring a unique look to the classic dragon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It can't be explained. It is just an amazing book. It started off good, but a bit cheezy. buhowever, once it got near the middle and end of the book, it was amazing. I could not put down the book and I finished the rest of it within two days (that is quick for me, because i am a slow reader). It is a book with the storyline of a young adult book and the violence of an adult book. Has happy times, sad times, violent times, and moments that will give you goosebumps. I reccomend it to anyone who loves dragons and loves fantasy. I cant wait to read the next few of this series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the originality of this book. I have never read a story where the dragon is the Point of View, and certainly have never read what it's like to be inside a dragon egg trying to get into that big wide world. It was also darkly humorous to be on the mouth end when a dragon eats a human! I did sympathize with the dragon despite this, a credit to the author. My only gripe about the whole book is that the ending felt very rushed. It was like the villain and his evil plan were props that had to be discarded so book II could get a nice clean start. Knight impressed me by shifting gears to fantasy and keeping things fairly fresh. For example, his dwarves are more merchants than typical miner/warriors. I found that clever. I do look forward to the next book of the series.
kelron More than 1 year ago
Only drawback is the poor spellcheck review before publishing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was luckey enough to be bored and I started book searching on this site, and I came across this wonderful Dragon book. The book it's self is an insperation..., Auron is an amazing Dragon, there was sooooo much action and a lot of other great things in this book..., I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best fantasy book i've ever read! For all you dragon and mythical creature lovers pick up this book and read it because i garrentee u will not put this book this book down without a fight! This book is about the life a grey dragon! He befriends dwarfs, elves, humans, etc! This fantastic tale will lead u through scenes that will leave u on the edge of ur seat, scenes that will have u want to cry, scenes that will make u very angry! But don't just take my word for it read it yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book started out slow in the first couple of chapters, and then went on to draw me into the life of the unique grey dragon. The charcters were portrayed in a different view from that of Tolkien or Paolini which was refreshing. The only complaint was that the book skipped alote of datail, and was rushed in the end. It would have been nice if this story line would have started up in the second book to come and intertwine with a new story line. If you dont go for all of the detail in works like that of tolkien and paolini then this book would be exactly what you are looking for
clc7123 More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series and I really enjoy these books! It was really neat to read a story from the dragon's point of view. I have read the series a few times over and I'm sure that I will continue to in the future as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks really good, but why is it the only one in the series not available on Nook? It's very frustrating, because I would like all my books in the same format.
BoxMaker-Doug More than 1 year ago
This story is a great idea - telling the story from the dragon's point of view, starting with pre-hatching memories. The story line progresses well throughtout the series, good character developement, great and fully believable story line progression over an extended period of time; ideas that make you think. But be forewarned. The finale in the final book- 60 pages for the final confrontation, wrap-up, epilogue to the previous 2000 pages was so inadequate. An excellant journey with a destination of sea foam- no ocean view to enjoy, just sea foam. If you like the ride, you will enjoy the series. Just don't expect any real completion, it's not there.
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Morrigan18 More than 1 year ago
I love reading about dragons, but in the books I read there are always humans that are the main characters instead of the dragons themselves. This is the beginning of an extraordinary saga that took my breath away. The world is from the dragons point of view which makes the books even more amazing. In this first installment, you follow Auron, later AuRon, a rare scaleless grey dragon. He has just escaped the brutal murder of his mother and sister, leaving him alone with his sister, Wistala. Soon after leaving the safety of their egg cave - the only place they have ever known - they separate, leaving Auron alone. Throughout the book, you read about he views the world around him. You meet friends to love and enemies you wish that would just go away. Growing from hatchling to a full-grown male, AuRon is an exceptional character. I would reccomend this to anyone who has a love for dragons or fantasy. E. E. Knight has brought on a new world of dragons that I believe is as potent as Lord of the Rings.
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SilenceIsGolden More than 1 year ago
Auron, a grey dragon and a survivor of an vicious attack on his home cave, wanders the land in search of his species and subsequently embarks on an adventure full of unexpected friendships and dangerous enemies. E. E. Knight has created an amazing book with an unique perspective from a dragon's viewpoint that will be a treat for fantasy and dragon lovers alike. The book interested me enough that I had to give it a 5/5. I highly recommend this book if you want a novel with a distinctive point of view.
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bighook More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to srart reading the next one. Wish I read faster,
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