The Royal Dragoneers

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Hold on to your dragon! You're about to journey through a brave new world of hearty survivors straight into a dragon riding, troll fighting adventure for the ages.

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable, dragon infested Islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame the Mainland they have found.

But the Goblin King, an Ivory antlered demon called ...

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Overview

Hold on to your dragon! You're about to journey through a brave new world of hearty survivors straight into a dragon riding, troll fighting adventure for the ages.

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable, dragon infested Islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame the Mainland they have found.

But the Goblin King, an Ivory antlered demon called Gravelbone, has a different plan for the men who are invading his territory. He and his Nightshade are rallying the trolls to defend their lands. With the help of the dragons, goblins, and orcs they plan on rendering the wall the humans have built useless so that they can drive man back to the islands from where they came.

When stubborn King Blanchard finally accepts that the kingdom really is under attack it may be too late, and the only ones who can save the people on the Mainland have been locked away in the dungeon.

Join some brave young men and their mentor, a grizzled old King's Ranger, and a particularly clever young magic wielding woman, as they traverse the wild frontier and sail to King's Island to warn the King of the warring trolls. Then hold on for your life as you tear through the pages, because the pure blooded dragons our heroes have befriended have another plan all together.

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Editorial Reviews

Michelle R.
Mathias has created a great cast of characters, but by far, my favorite was Zah. She, yes a she, is not only a strong female but she can kick some major butt. I loved how her story progressed...

The other characters I loved were the dragons. I never thought I would be cheering for a dragon, but that is what I did.

The 2nd half of the book was faster paced. It was filled with non-stop action and seriously kept me on the edge of the seat.

A great read...
Readers Favorite Reviews
Mathias is a master at characterization. The dragons are magnificent in the story. I also enjoyed the characters of Zah and Jenka. The plot action is fast, furious, and never ending. The plot is intricately woven with twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing. The story has a mythical quality. Fans of fantasy will not want to miss this one. 5 Stars.
Tracey A
Genuine, original, stunning fantasy saga - M.R. Mathias is a fabulous new talent that I'll be watching closely in the future. His writing is tight, his characters unique and believable. I would compare his writing to Tolkien in that the storyline is so original and unique and the characters are strong, fully three dimensional characters but Mathias delivers all this without Tolkien's habit of over-description and overly wordy passages. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to si
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453887028
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/3/2010
  • Series: The Dragoneers Saga
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

M. R. Mathias is also the author of the 700 page epic fantasy masterpiece:
The Sword and the Dragon, as well as several other novels and short stories. You can interact with him, and find special offers at the Dragoneer's home page. Be sure to check out the Wardstone Trilogy home page while you are there.

http://www.mrmathias.com/Dragoneers.html
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    Fabulous new fantasy saga by a great new author

    The Royal Dragoneers is that rare and unique find among many of today's fantasy works - unique, compelling, well-written and utterly engaging. M.R. Mathias has created an incredible world filled with three dimensional characters; not all perfect and certainly not clichéd. Although the book is mammoth in size I became so engrossed I could not put the book down. I, for one, cannot wait for the sequel and will be watching Mathias' career with great interest. This is a truly unique voice in the fantasy world.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    Fun and exuberant YA fantasy with some twists

    POV'S: Jenka De Swasso is a sixteen year old ranger's apprentice from the deep frontier lands who has an unexpected encounter with a dragon. Zahrellion (Zah) is a seemingly young looking and beautiful druida whose people tend to keep to themselves and study science and magic. Rikky is one of Jenka's friends who will have his own tale. Prince Richard, the popular dashing heir to the kingdom is seemingly the hero of a prophecy.
    ANALYSIS: "Good" dragons, destined boys and girls, prophecies, princes, magicians (called druids) and witches with some of the funniest names in recent books like Linux and Mysterian, nasty demons, "bad" dragons, goblins, orcs, cackling villains and combat of the "my magic is bigger than your magic" type - all in a YA setting to boot; this seems another book I would run away as fast as I can from, but I actually enjoyed it a lot and read it in one sitting since it was very engrossing and I wanted to see what happens. I also reread it after to see the little things I have missed and get some clues where the action goes next. Why?
    The major reason was the style of the author; hard to pinpoint the specifics but it just appeals to me and it makes me want to read his books. Luckily there is an extended excerpt (currently 36% of the novel) at the link above, so you can go and check it out for yourself. Narrative energy, earnest, likable main characters, a tone that is not ultra-dramatic or self important and a very well thought out world building are some of the conscious reasons that justify my statement above, but ultimately a lot depends if the book flows for you or not.
    Regarding world building, little details that add up and show the carefulness mentioned are the number of generations from the shipwreck that populated the Dragoneers' Lands with humans, the rate of growth and expansion and its economic underpinnings, the historical memory or lack of such - 200 years is a long time too and much more plausible than the usual millennium or more that too often is thrown around in fantasies together with a steady state society.
    Jenka may start as the typical destined boy, but he is modest and likable and he grows well into his role, while not becoming the know-it-all conquering hero that annoys me to no end in similar tales. The mysterious Zah remains, well mysterious, to the end of the book and I am curious to find out more about her and the druids and witches in general. Even the dragons have a twist or two, though you gotta read the book to find out about that.
    Prince Richard and Rikky are less well developed and more "stock" to the end, but both bring their surprises too and the novel has the author's trademark twists on the traditional storyline and keeps one guessing where it will go. The action is fast and furious though from time to time it barely stops from descending into farce, when the "my magic is bigger than yours" becomes the sole reason for how the heroes escape this or that battle.
    While The Royal Dragoneers (A) does not transcend its narrative space - YA exuberant adventure fantasy - it is a fun book that I heartily recommend if you want such and on par with anything from that space. The series has a lot of potential - there are geographical expansion hints, possibilities in the explorations of the world's magic, the whole dragons ecosystem that may offer surprises - and I am eager to see the next adventure M.R. Mathias will send our heroes on.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Come fly on a Dragon

    A wonderful trip through a new world. Smooth reading letting the mind take you into the story. Great character development. This saga is very addicting. Keep writing Michael Robb and we'll keep reading. Light romance, good character interaction, and romping with Dragons.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    trolls

    great story and good character depth, awesome book will read again

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    Great read - pick up this book about drangos and druids

    M R Mathias's The Royal Dragoneers is an epic tale of courage, fortitude and magic. Sixteen-year old Jenka de Swasso wants nothing more than to become one of the privileged Kings Ranger's. However destiny seems to have other plans for him as finds himself bonding with the young dragon Jade, a most unusual situation as dragons are feared and hated by all men. The kingdom is under siege by the evil Goblin-King Gravelbone and his minions of demonic goblins, trolls and inbred-dragons. The key to survival lies in the Royal Dragoneers, but they must find each other before it's too late. What's more, their pigheaded King refuses to believe the goblins are capable of rebellion. Can he be convinced to amass troops in time before Gravelbone launches into full-fledged war? The Royal Dragoneers is the ultimate fantasy novel starring intimidating dragons, cackling witches, mysterious druids and all things magical. Jenka finds a most interesting companion in the Druida Zahrellion, whose arcane and powerful magic he is just beginning to understand. The Royal Prince Richard too finds himself part of this unique fellowship. And most inspiring of all, the crippled young warrior Rikki overcomes agonising injuries to beat the odds and form part of the team. The Royal Dragoneers promises an escape into the world of thrilling adventure and nail-biting action. Every chapter ends with a breathless flourish and every page brings a new shiver of adrenaline. Although immersed in fantasy, the novel delivers surprisingly humane truths and wisdom discovered by the young warriors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    An enjoyable fantasy, with dragons!

    M.R. Mathias's The Royal Dragoneers takes place in a world of myth and mystery where dragons are ancient enemies, feared but rarely seen, and trolls and goblins roam the wilds. The scenes, a stag hunt, a rescue, a village, a town, build nicely onto each other creating a vivid picture of the world and its denizens. Meanwhile the dangers are nicely portrayed, new details gradually coming to light, till readers' and protagonists' assumptions fall to the onslaught of greater knowledge.

    Sixteen-year-old Jenka grew up on the frontier, outside the massive wall that protects the realm, and far from the throne. He has always dreamed of being a King's Ranger, and now his chance has come. But the world of kings and rangers is threatened, and the magical druida Zah might hold the key. King Blanchard might have a part to play too, or his son Richard, and the dragon Jade is waiting in the wings.

    Supplies are measured and supply-routes detailed with care reminiscent of Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth or R.R Martin's Game of Thrones, though less weighty. A few unedited surprises lurk in the words, but many surprisingly down-to-earth images bring the world to life-a group of soldiers crying from the smell of rotten onions, an ogre like a large cherubic monster, dragon ballast protecting a boat through a raging storm.

    Surprising wisdom and skills wait to be discovered in the youths of this tale. Fear and excitement abound as lines are drawn for the battle to come. Honor and power, love and revenge all have their part to play as magic spells, bright swords and dragons' claws rake the flesh of friend and foe. The story comes to a well-drawn end, with promise of more to come in the next part of the trilogy-an epic tale, in length and in scope, and the start of an epic fantasy.



    Disclosure: I was given a pdf copy of this book by the author and chose to review after reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Dragons, Dragons, Dragons Oh My!

    This rather dynamic story can be classified as high fantasy. Lots of crazy action, spell flingers, and gruesome goblins. I found myself going back and forth rooting for the good folk and the evil hordes. The tale is pretty good at following its storyline and I do not think I came across one grammar error. =) As a fellow fantasy writer I know how very difficult it is to grow an entire world inside your mind, squeeze it out onto paper in a coherent manner, and then send it out into the world for other people to glimpse a shard of your soul. Keeping that in mind, I found the names of the human cities to be a bit droll. One of the cities of the mainland where traders do business is called.. Port. The island capital of the human kingdom is.. Kingston. The pacing seems a bit rushed.. but it kind of works to keep up the level of excitement so that you will not get bored. I loved the dragon battles and.. admittedly this book is a good page turner. I *am* a big sucker for any story with the word dragon in the title. Closing thoughts.. I like this story on several points. Dragons, orcs, and mayhem. On the other side of the coin.. I find it a little lacking in the names and culture department. The budding romance between the hero and heroine could have been carried a little further though maybe more in the next tale of this series. Maybe I am too harsh in my judgements? The fact I scribed this much about this book only proves that it might be worth the time of a thoughtful reader. I would recommend this book to people who love a decent fantasy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Good

    Good. I'll go for more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    great

    good book very interesting too

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Readers will take flight instantaneously as they join Mathias on

    Readers will take flight instantaneously as they join Mathias on this dangerous quest once they are introduced to a world so breathtaking, they may have to stop every few chapters to catch a breath. Warriors, goblins, ghouls, and of course dragons saturate this exhilarating novel with each flip of the page. It's an unbelievable debut to a series that plays out almost like a movie or a video game instead of a book. The Royal Dragoneers is loaded with energy, but yet the storyline is not hurried, and it is one heck of a roller coaster ride that sci-fi fantasy fans will adore. We get to meet characters who seem to come to life as the plot thickens, and readers will find themselves cheering and yelling with frustration at the appropriate times. An extraordinary gem of a tale that will embraced by a crowd of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Royal dragoneers

    Best book ever!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    It is a good read - but Amazon has the e-book for only 0.99 so i

    It is a good read - but Amazon has the e-book for only 0.99 so i purchased it there & saved it as a epub so my nook could read it. No way I'm paying $3.33 for a text file!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    I love this book!!!

    It was the best book i ever read in-----well ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Don't waste your money.

    I kept thinking that there was no way this book could get any
    worse, but I was wrong. The author jumps back and forth more than fleas and when tired of a particular train of thought, simply ends things abruptly. Scattered storylines abound and I wish I could unread it. What a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Real

    I love dragons. But more important the characters aren't perfect and not everyone survives. Riding dragons isn't an easy skill especially with only one leg. The heros don't know what there doing and sometimes survive by accident and stubborness. Even the meddlers secretly (not so secretly now) behind the scences don't always get it right its only togeather that they succeed. Definitly buying rest of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    :-(

    I cant believe i have to pay i want it free the first one was free so y isnt this on ;-(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Guthix

    Yeah!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    R.i.p.

    U suck at clues. So y were u killing urself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Super

    The book after the first dragoneer. Part of the same series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    can't put them down

    once you get started you just have to keep going.

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