Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

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by Cornelia Funke
     
 

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Another magical story from the bestselling author of The Thief Lord and Inkheart

When their peaceful valley is threatened with danger, Firedrake, a silver-skinned dragon, and his sidekick, Sorrel, set off to find the mythical Rim of Heaven -- the only place in the world where dragons can be safe forever. Along the way they meet an orphaned boy

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Another magical story from the bestselling author of The Thief Lord and Inkheart

When their peaceful valley is threatened with danger, Firedrake, a silver-skinned dragon, and his sidekick, Sorrel, set off to find the mythical Rim of Heaven -- the only place in the world where dragons can be safe forever. Along the way they meet an orphaned boy named Ben who volunteers to be their navigator and quickly becomes their friend. But when they learn that an evil dragon hunter is on their trail, their quest quickly turns into a battle for survival. As the adventure draws to a breathtaking close, it soon becomes clear that one person's fate will decide the destiny of them all.

Once again, master storyteller Cornelia Funke casts an enchanting spell, creating an exciting, heartwarming, and ultimately trimphant tale about the power of belief and the true meaning of home.

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The bestselling author of Inkheart and The Thief Lord serves up an adventurous novel for middle-graders about a team of bravehearts seeking a mysterious lair of ancient dragons. Keeping up the epic, magical atmosphere that makes her older books so appealing to fans, Cornelia Funke tells the nail-biting tale of Firedrake, a silver dragon who leads a mission to locate the Rim of Heaven, in response to the threat posed by humans who are scheming to flood the valley where his clan of dragons currently lives. Soon, accompanied by a brownie named Sorrel and an orphan boy named Ben, Firedrake begins the expedition toward the Rim of Heaven with only scant information to go on. Readers quickly learn that the group is being pursued by a golden, manmade dragon named Nettlebrand -- a destroyer of other dragons -- who turns up throughout the story, using water to transport himself and aided by a homunculus who spies on Firedrake while pretending to be an ally. Funke provides audiences much to chew on with her cast of friendly and dastardly characters, signature multi-stranded story lines, and heart-pounding climax, making sure to keep the action coming and audiences constantly guessing what will happen next. At over 500 pages, the book shouldn't be a problem for her fans -- or lovers of Harry Potter, for that matter. A fantastic, high-flying journey that's pure proof that Funke knows her storytelling. Matt Warner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400094943
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Cornelia Funke is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and the Inkheart trilogy, along with many other chapter and picture books for younger readers. She lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house filled with books.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1958
Place of Birth:
Dorsten, Germany
Education:
University of Hamburg

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Dragon Rider 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 358 reviews.
Maurina More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 6 year old boy who is very sensitive. Both he and I thoroughly enjoyed the story! It was an absorbing story and enough going on to hold a 6 year olds attention. Yet it was not too scary. Nobody dies, or gets hurt. Not even the villain! Yet it is an adventurous story filled with all sorts of magical creatures. The characters are well developed. In addition to very strong imagery with many creative similes and metaphors,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This did start out a little slow, but by chapter 3, I found it hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites when I was a child. It is packed with humor, excitement, and so much adventure... if you are considering this book then it would be anhuge mistake if you decided not to purchase it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is an enthralling book that will force you to keep reading. I like the various character additions as the story proceeded. I especially enjoyed the way the author did not immediately introduce Ben, the protagonist. This made the story more intriguing. The story starts with a mouse scurrying around looking for the dragon cave. When she reaches the dragon cave, she alerts the dragons about Nettlebrand, ¿the golden one¿ who is planning to destroy the dragons. Firedrake, a young silver dragon, sets out to find the rim of heaven so he can save the other dragons from Nettlebrand. Firedrake goes to a different mouse¿s hut, to get a map and that is when he meets the protagonist, Ben. Then the book becomes a giant quest as Ben joins Firedrake in the search for the rim of heaven. Within this quest the characters must learn knew skills to dodge different obstacles thrown in their path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read when I get older and I have kids i will make them read this book it is just absolutely fabulous; it makes me euphoric!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommed this book to most everyone who is into fanatsy. It is a little slow in some parts but it is a well written and good book. It has over 500 pages so that is sure to keep you entertained for a while! The only thing I didn't like about the book is the character Sorrel. Sorrel is a strange creature and is known as a brownie. She is to human-like and very stuck-up in my point of veiw. Overall this book was very good and liked it. I hope there will be a sequal to this book because it kind of leaves you hanging at the end. Try it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 1/2 yr old daughter is fascinated by mythilogical creatures and just loved this story because there are so many featured in the adventure. She wants to be like Zubeida or Professor Greenbloom when she grows up. We read several chapters each night before bed and would talk about what was happening. She'd have so many great questions...I only wish we had Cornelia Funke here to answer them for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 16 year old brother adores this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, even my teacher liked this book, with it's action and storyline, without having a over dramatized romance, or being scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and i hope theres an second book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book for young teens
hera_the_gueen_god More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Its amazing. I especially love how it mixes in mythology with the real world and stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a good book.I am planning to read it over and over agian. It is a really good childrens book. Irecomend this book to 8 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book time and time again i love with out bounds in fact i just bought it on my nook (and im 23)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was very promising since i am ubsessed with dragons. Great job funke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will love this book until the day i die. She is an amazing author and has a very outstanding imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U should hold book on library instead but its haevy cause it is 450 pages long. Its worth it cause its free and comes quickly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I found at the library. It was a random choice and it is incredible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked at all of these reiviews and I got somthing like this… 165=GOOD REIVIEWS 14=BAD REIVIEWS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the hardcover for this book, so didnt buy the ebook. It was fairly well written, a good book for preteens waning a longer book. The only problem i had with it was the mentality throughout the book of how evio humanity is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book . this book is what encoraged me to read dragon books, and this is coming from an 8 year old but, it is for every age group it will not scare you. p.s.it has 523 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for children of all ages. Awsome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an enlightening shine for thos looking for a relaxing, thrilling, and propetuary adventure. If you like this book, you should also read The Thief Lord by this same author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay; it was not the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good.