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Dragonborn (Dragonborn Series #1)

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by Toby Forward
     
 

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When Flaxfield the great wizard dies, his apprentice, Sam, is left alone. With only his dragon at his side, Sam sets out on his quest to find a new master. But there are dangerous forces who want Sam's powers for themselves. When Sam is tricked into making a mortal error, the only one who can save him is his dragon.

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When Flaxfield the great wizard dies, his apprentice, Sam, is left alone. With only his dragon at his side, Sam sets out on his quest to find a new master. But there are dangerous forces who want Sam's powers for themselves. When Sam is tricked into making a mortal error, the only one who can save him is his dragon.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beautifully written fantasy stars Sam, an unworldly wizard’s apprentice whose beloved master dies unexpectedly, leaving the 12-year-old boy half-trained, without clear direction, and fought over by a number of other wizards, not all of whom have his best interests at heart. Forward (The Wolf’s Story) masterfully balances humor with deadly serious content in a manner reminiscent of Lloyd Alexander at his best. His characters are, if not enormously complex, very well-drawn, particularly the wizards, whose actions can be grotesque: “A beetle scratched its way over her foot. She leaned forward, picked it up, and put it to her lips without thinking. She crunched it, sucked the soft pulp from inside.” Interspersed entries from Sam’s notebook add humor and insight while fleshing out Forward’s world (“A Wand is a bendy stick. That’s it. I’ve been told I have to write more on this page”). Also fascinating is the growing relationship between Sam and the dragon Starback, with whom Sam has a powerful psychic connection. This lovely tale, first in a series, should strongly appeal to fantasy aficionados. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
12-year-old Sam is halfway through his apprenticeship with the wizard Flaxfield when Flaxfield dies, leaving Sam adrift. Flaxfield's previous apprentices distrust Sam and his claims, so Sam takes off with his dragon Starbuck, hoping to finish his apprenticeship with someone else. His travels lead him into a treacherous world, where some are trying to lead him astray or even kill him and take over his special power (of which he is unaware) for their own dark purposes. Seemingly abandoned by Starbuck early in his perilous journey, Sam encounters many mysterious characters and does not know whom he should trust. Much is unknown to readers in this first installment of "The Flaxfield Quartet" as Forward introduces people, underworld characters, and places that will figure into the story; the reader must endeavor to keep the multitude of characters straight and discern their relevance and intentions. Yet Forward's beautiful writing maintains interest, even if things meander a bit. He introduces wizards who craft truly bizarre and vividly described spells and very creative settings. "Pages from an apprentice's notebook" are interspersed through the narrative, adding humor as well as some understanding of Sam's world. Many readers will eagerly look forward to spending more time in this mysterious and dangerous world and becoming more familiar with Ash, Tam, Vengeabil, Starbuck, and of course, Sam. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Sam is a wizard's apprentice whose master dies halfway through his education. When former students of the great man quickly arrive on the scene with their own agendas, they are not impressed with the 12-year-old's abilities, and he cannot imagine becoming an apprentice to one of them. His closest companion has been Starback, a small dragon that has followed him loyally, but when he makes his escape from Flaxfield's little home and the wizards who now occupy it, even Starback deserts him. Sam has no way of knowing that the dragon has left him to divert the magicians who are on the boy's trail. Suddenly, Sam does not know whom to trust. A dwarfish being called a roffle convinces him that if he wants to continue his magical education, he can do no better than the College. On arrival, Sam finds that the dean is more interested in parlor tricks than in the deep magic that Flaxfield taught him to respect. Moving on, he becomes caught up in a wizards' war that leaves him near death. There are flashes where the boy and Starback are able to enter each other's consciousness, but the reason for their connection is not fully developed. It is apparent early on that Ash, a creepy beetle-munching figure who adds just the right amount of ghoulishness to the story, has ties to the College and is directing the evil forces, but readers will need to wait for the next installment to learn more about her. Forward has created a complex high-fantasy world in which nothing is quite as it seems. The story line can meander, but persistent readers will enjoy getting to know Sam and entering his world.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599909837
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Dragonborn Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
364,159
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Toby Forward is the author of the picture book The Wolf's Story and the middle grade novel Traveling Backwards, as well as several other books for children in his native UK.

www.tobyforward.co.uk

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Dragonborn 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly wrote and a bit of everything you could want from magic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A coming of age, or self discovery. I got a bit twisted early on w Who's who, but in the end... so good. I really hope this is the first in a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book but not on the nook ( lol that rhymes) its a really great book but still reading it :).. note: its cheaper on the nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other reviews dont really give an idea of what the book is about. I wish there was a free sample or something so i could find out more about what this book is really like. Should i try it? I really LOVE dragons and i read two books on dragons in about 4 days. There were about 400 pages in all. How long is this book? It may give me an idea of how long this book will last me. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little confusing..... but im hoping book 2 comes out soon!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit confusing. On the reg. book there is 344 pgs. idk about the nook though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She quietly walked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hid in the shadows, her bow drawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bios res four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His book is about a young boy named Sam. His master dies and he doesn't know what to do. Along with his dragon friend, he goes on a quest. He has great power and doesn't know it. Will he find a new master? Why does Ash want Sam's power? Read the book to find out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey this is evie. My nook broke. so I sent you my email on how<_>rse, please give it to Jonnathan and Josh when they ask for it . Message me on there if anyone else wants my email. Thanks so sorry. I  wont be getting a new nook anytime soon . Sorry 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ill oeave you two be." Grows wings and flies away.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm tired. See yaguys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you
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