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The Royal Dragoneers

The Royal Dragoneers

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by M. R. Mathias

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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


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.

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 they have befriended have another plan altogether.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Royal Dragoneers was deemed one of the top indie fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and was listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue in Dec. 2010. It was also nominated for The Locus Poll 2011. This 115k word dragon-fantasy is the first full length installment of The Dragoneers Saga. - Digital Wizard

Mathias has created a great cast of characters... My favorite was Zah. She is a strong female, and she can kick some major butt. The other characters I loved were the dragons...seriously kept me on the edge of the seat.

--Michelle Goodreads Review

The action is fast and furious, and the novel has the author's trademark twists on the traditional storyline and keeps one guessing where it will go... discovery and magic, written in the exuberant style of the author which is familiar from The Sword and the Dragon. It is a fun book that I heartily recommend.

-- Fantasy Book Critic

An exciting step into a mythic world of awe-inspiring escapade, wild battles, exciting characters. Action is fast paced, satisfying in quantity and moves the reader at a brisk pace from page to page at a breathless tempo
--MJ Hollingshead Book Review

Mathias is a master at characterization. The dragons are magnificent in the story. I also enjoyed the characters of Zah and Jenka. 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.

-- Readers Favorite Awards

Product Details

CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
The Dragoneers Saga
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

M.R. Mathias rose from unknown to award-winning, best-selling author at a pace most authors can only dream about. He is a prolific writer of epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Despite his busy writing, publishing, and promotional schedule Mathias continues to aid his fellow indie authors by posting about their books at Twitter and Facebook etc.

He shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion in publishing The First Ten Steps. The book has become an important indie guide for navigating the often murky waters of using social media sites to get your eBook in front of avid readers.

Mathias has taken cross promotion to a new level in his "Indie Kindy" giveaways where he gives away a FREE Kindle Touch and or Kindle Fire loaded with independently published books. These events create a great deal of interest for the authors involved and to independently published books as a whole.

It is a pleasure working with M.R. Mathias and watching his amazing run at the top of the Amazon best seller lists.
William R. Potter
Indie author
Founder of the Independent Author Network

"There are few writers in the genre of fantasy that can equal the creative mind of M.R. Mathias - now acknowledged as a master in this genre of dragons and dwarves, and magic, and spells, and all aspects of fantasy."
-- Top 100, Hall of Fame, Vine Voice, Book Reviewer, Grady Harp

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Royal Dragoneers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
TraceyAlley More than 1 year ago
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.
Liviu5 More than 1 year ago
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.
shoma_mittra More than 1 year ago
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.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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.
Dreamsbane More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Naib_Draconis-Jack More than 1 year ago
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.
chris OShea More than 1 year ago
great story and good character depth, awesome book will read again
Kai Narum More than 1 year ago
good book very interesting too
CrossroadReviews 7 months ago
Dragons, Dragons, Dragons, Dragons, action, romance, and amazing characters what more could you ask for? This book was one hit of a novel, story, and characters all rolled into one! This amazing new author, Mathias is a wonderful author that I just can’t seem to put his books down! This is not the first book I've read of his and it will SO not be the last! He has a way to make the stories come alive off the page and you just don’t want to put the book down until the very end! This one is kinda like Harry Potter for older people lol. I am so happy that the book is part of a series. The author has been created a great cast of characters and a story that you wont forget for some time. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one in the series.
DDBean More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. It is an action/fantasy that was able to make me feel a mixed-bag of emotions. Jenka is such a delightful character. I could feel his terror, excitement, heartbreak, and hopefulness. Jenka always wanted to be a Kings Ranger just like his dad. He finds himself on an adventure after meeting and bonding with a dragon. It is up to Jenka, his dragon, and their friends to save the kingdom from being taken over by evil. One of the things I loved about this book was the vivid descriptions of the trolls, ogres, and dragons. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series to see where the next adventure leads. I fell in love with this characters. I give this book 5***** stars and recommend that if you like fantasy books, to add this one to your shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book one.
StephySay More than 1 year ago
The Royal Dragoneers is the first of a saga about a group of unlikely heroes destined to save the world. Jenka started out as the humble son of a witch, and dreamt of becoming a soldier to the king. Fate had a different plan. Jenka was rescued by a young dragon when he was attacked by goblins, and the two of them bonded. Now, with the help of a sorceress named Zah, and a young friend from his home, Jenka must save his land from the dreaded Goblin king. This book was a beautiful rendering of a true tale. The language was so descriptive that I often had to avoid the scenes of Gore and massacre, because the pictures in my head were too disturbing. The character development was expertly built to bring the reader closer to the emotions of the moment. The grammar was very well done and the cover of the book intriguing. There is a lot of war and descriptive language about the desolation mythical warfare brings, so I would not recommend this book to young readers. Also, there were instances where words were missing from sentences, but if the reader keeps going, the flow is easily regained. I do believe fantasy lovers will have a difficult time putting this book down and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
JLaper More than 1 year ago
The Royal Dragoneers brings a whole different story by M. R. Mathias with new characters and new adventures. A War is brewing with the Trolls that live in the mountains and two teenagers must defie those that they respect to save the land and every one they love and care for with the aid of Dragons that are hunted. It takes a different direction when comes to dragons and how they are portrayed when comparing them to other books I have read involving dragons. With the introduction of Jenka and Jade it sets the base for a relationships that forms later on in the book. Jenka is the son of a well respected man and his mother is the local town witch that loves her son and is respected just as much for also being the person that has most of the healing potions. There is nothing negative I can say about this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it had everything that I like in a book to keep my attention which is the main thing for me when I read a book. The cover is nice and simply keeping with the line with the series and I would recommend this book to another reader.
Romuald Dzemo More than 1 year ago
A young boy, Jenka De Swasso kills a deer in the woods with the accuracy of his arrow. While he stays by his game to guard it, trolls attack him and he is saved by a dragon. Now the kid develops a powerful connection with the magical creature and he soon learns that there are other dragon riders like him. At the same time, humanity is suffering from the rule of a wicked goblin king, one who would see humanity wiped out for even a morsel of bread than to tolerate the merest opposition. Now, Jenka and his companions, together with their dragons could be the last hope for humankind. Will they be powerful enough to stand the evil machinations and the strength of a king who rides on a flying demon? This book reminded me a lot of Christopher Paolinis Eragon, but the creation of goblins and other magical creatures give the book a unique style and plot lines. The plot is gripping and anticipation grows even stronger as readers follow this story; its filled with drama and intense action. The Royal Dragoneers is Book One in the Dragoneers Saga by M. R. Mathias, and there couldn't have been a better opening. The author has created the kind of characters readers will want to follow and a world they cant resist. I cant wait to read Book Two in the series.
Shannon_Luster More than 1 year ago
Dragons, warriors, and a quest: the stuff of fantasy books like this one. The Royal Dragoneers, by M.R. Mathias, centers around sixteen-year-old Jenka De Swasso who wants to follow his father’s example by becoming a King’s Ranger. At a certain point, he meets a warrior, Zah, and both come to realize that they are fated to go on a quest together to fight against Gravelbone’s forces. But at the risk of revealing too much about the plot of the book, I will say no more about that. And as a side note, this is Book 1 of the Dragoneers Saga. Personally, I liked the idea of characters forming bonds with dragons. That was content that I found enjoyable to read in Mathias’ The Royal Dragoneers. However, there seemed to be points where the characters could have been fleshed out more to add extra dimension. In addition, the plot, especially with subplots running at the same time, could become choppy in narration style during certain parts of the book. In this reader’s opinion, I also felt jolted from the fantasy of The Royal Dragoneers when the plot/subplots began to feel choppy. And that boiled down to pacing problems at points in the book in this reader’s opinion. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars for the reasons above.
MelissaMcLeod More than 1 year ago
Jenka, a teenage boy, is out hunting and when it becomes too late to get his kill back to town he decides to stay the night in the forest and guard it from scavengers. When he is attacked by trolls a Dragon comes to his rescue. He and the dragon become bonded. Jenka and some other young men are headed out on a journey to become one step closer to becoming Kings Rangers. By the time they sail across the sea to the Island where the king lives, war has started on the mainland between the trolls and humans. Jenka finds himself in the middle of the battle with his dragon trying to save everyone from the death and destruction that is sweeping the land. It was a very enjoyable read full of action and adventure. I couldn't put it down. I want to know what happens in the next part of the saga, I will be purchasing and reading more books from this author. Great fantasy story!
jessiesouthie More than 1 year ago
The Royal Dragoneers is an action packed fantasy that is hard to put down. It keeps you engaged almost the whole time, though there are some parts that seem to drag on a little longer than I would care for. What I love about it is it brings together two different species to the sake of saving their kind. Two species that are otherwise sworn against each other. Humans and dragons, or wyrms as they call them, are brought together to fight those that would like to take over their land. I love fantasy as it is and I love when other mythical creatures are brought into a greater light. Things like dragons are usually looked down upon, but in this story they bond with the humans and can even talk to them and I find that very fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and adventure.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
The trollkin were afraid of the humans expanding into their territory, so they banded together to kill and drive out them out. They didn’t realize that the time had come for the few purebred dragons to bond with certain warriors in order to defend the kingdom. What follows is a battle of epic proportions.  Having already read a further book of this series, I was familiar with the main characters. I like that I get to see how the dragoneers first bonded with their respective dragons. I absolutely love the non-stop action of this series. The battles are so intense, and there’s no way to tell who will survive. It keeps my stomach tied in a knot until the ending.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
The trolls are invading, and have been sited even near Jenka’s remote town of Crag. While out hunting, he encounters something he never thought he would see, a dragon, and what’s more, a dragon who defends him. Thus begins Jenka’s journey to Jade, his bonded dragon, and together they find others who likewise have kept a deep secret of actual communication with dragons. When they discover the real reason behind the increased troll activity, they must bond together as Dragoneers to fight the coming horde. But will they be able to protect the Kingdom and fight the great conflict to come? Tolkein once said, “It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” M.R. Mathias has taken that to heart and showcases dragons at both their best and worst in this beginning of the Dragoneer saga. He sets the stage by introducing Jenka and a quick back story, but the story then is off and running at a pretty hectic pace. Mathias’ work is marked by short scenes that intertwine to tell a much larger tale. While I love the frenzy of it, towards the end it seemed a little too fast paced, jumping from battle to battle without too much explanation of where and why, and I would have liked a little more emotional description, as demonstrated in the beginning of the book. Still it is a wonderfully epic adventure, a great set up for a longer series, and engaging for both kids and adults alike. If you enjoy losing yourself in a fantasy world full of both wonderful and terrifying creatures, the Dragoneers await!
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MissRead13 More than 1 year ago
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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