Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1)

Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1)

by E. E. Knight

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ISBN-13: 9780451463630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Series: Age of Fire Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 165,635
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

E.E. Knight was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, and now calls Chicago home, where he abides in domestic felicity with his family, and assorted pets.  He is the author of the Vampire Earth series and the Age of Fire series.

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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

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Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 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
Anonymous 6 hours ago
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fyrefly98 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary: In Dragon Champion, E.E. Knight gives us a relatively standard high fantasy adventure story, with one big twist: it's told entirely through the eyes of Auron, a dragon. Auron is a gray dragon, scaleless and without the hunger for treasure that plagues other dragons. His lack of armor makes him more vulnerable, and less immediately impressive, but also more adept at blending into his surroundings. After a fierce battle for primacy immediately post-hatching, Auron is the only male offspring left to his parents, the champion of their clutch. He's bright and inquisitive, but his world is mostly limited to the confines of the cave in which he was hatched.All of that changes on the day his cave is invaded by murderous dwarves. Auron's parents are driven off or killed, and Auron must venture out into the world -- first with one of his surviving sisters, and then later alone. His first goal is survival, but a meeting with an elf maiden opens his eyes to the real problem: it's not just Auron's survival that's at risk, but the survival of his entire species. For dragon numbers have been decreasing for years, while the two-legged species -- elves, dwarves, blighters, and especially men -- have been increasing. Auron makes it his mission to find out why. Along the way, he makes some strange friends, faces some fierce and dangerous enemies, and must find a way to become the champion for which his parents named him.Review: There's a long tradition of animal stories in fantasy (although relatively few from the point of view of a strictly fantastical animal.) Their point is to show us the world through an unfamiliar set of eyes; by making the alien familiar, we are then forced to re-evaluate all of the elements we take for granted as unobjectionable. For this to work, we have to find a connection with our animal narrator, some common ground on which to build a base of sympathy. However, when a book opens with its protagonist disemboweling and eating his newly-hatched brother in a battle to the death, and when that same protagonist matter-of-factly mentions crushing the skulls of human children he's seized for a snack¿ well, let's just say that I found it somewhat hard to empathize with him.My lack of connection with the book's main character -- and thus, with the book itself -- may be a question of audiences. This book felt like it was aimed at 12-13 year olds. In and of itself, that's not necessarily a problem -- there's plenty of fantasy out there for mid-grade readers that can also be enjoyed by adults. However, Dragon Champion felt like it was specifically written for mid-grade boys, with lots of emphasis on the fighting and adventure aspects. Having never been a 12-year-old boy, I can't comment on how well they are likely to enjoy Auron's story, but I suspect many of them will love it. For me, however, it didn't quite make the jump into being a true crossover success.That's not to say that there weren't elements I enjoyed. Knight's world-building description is excellent. Even though he's using pretty standard fantasy elements and races, the way they interact felt new, and I really enjoyed seeing each species's perspective on the origin of the world and its current state. Some of Auron's adventures were also very interesting -- I particularly got a kick out of his brief sojourn with a wolf pack. (Also fun in this part was listening to David Drummond, who was otherwise quite good, try to narrate their howling dialogue.)The problem with single-protagonist stories like Dragon Champion is that their success is entirely dependent on how strongly the reader empathizes with the main character. When it works, it's great, and readers who empathize with Auron are likely to find Dragon Champion to be an exciting fantasy adventure story. For those of us who don't particularly care for Knight's leading dragon, however, it becomes very hard to stay involved in the story. 3 out of 5 stars.Recommenda
TOdragonlover on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book starts out really really well, with everything from the point of view of the dragon and not the disney version of the dragon. That is not a slight against Disney. Later on in the book the character of the dragon changes and takes away a little of the enjoyment. There are five books in all so I will more then likely check out the rest eventually.
scifireader on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although apparently written as a young adult fantasy, Dragon Champion is advanced enough to stand on its own as a novel for fantasy fans of all ages.AuRon the dragon's journey from hatchling to fully fledged dragon is thoroughly enjoyable. Told from the mindset of a dragon, readers see the world through AuRon's eyes. This takes some getting used to, as dragons in E. E. Knights world have a different ethics system in relation to their hominid counterparts. AuRon's experiences cause him to question standard dragon thought processes, however, and his character is well developed by the novel's end.I'm looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series, which deal with AuRon's siblings and their journey in the perilous world.
okashiikessen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book wowed me. I had never thought that I would read anything with a Dragon as the protag, so it was very fresh for me, and very educational, since I am a writer, myself. Also, the world is concrete and perfectly formed, and the writing is magnificent.
bryan1943 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Excellent adventure story told from the view of the dragon hero. E.E. Knight's usual outstanding battle scenes mixed with a good story line and deep character development.
RaceBannon42 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Dragon Champion by E.E. Knight is the first book in the Age of Fire sequence. I'd seen Knight by an author I'm a fan of so I decided to give him a read. Knight is more known for his pulpy Vampire Earth books, but as I'm a fan of high fantasy I went with his new series instead. Dragon Champion has all the staples of High Fantasy going for it. It has elves, dwarves, and of course dragon's. It even has a dragon on the cover. ( Beautifully drawn by Paul Youll.) The protagonist is an orphan. Sounds cliche right? Well it certainly could be, but Knight take the cliche and turns it around. Perhaps not 180 degrees, but at least a sharp 90. The orphan protagonist is Auron, a rare scaleless gray dragon, and the story is told entirely from his viewpoint. It follows his life from an emerging hatchling to a full fledged dragon. Along the way he experiences loss, finds new friends, makes new enemies, and discovers what it is to truly be a dragon. The world building is very good. Knight sets sown several varied histories of the world, differing of course on which race is recording them. The creation mythologies are well layed out. He also does a fine job with characterization. For the most part his characters are very believable. The book sets a strong pace, but also gives the reader time to rest and reflect. All in all Knight does very well in this endeavor. He takes what could be a tired concept and injects it with new life. I very much enjoyed Dragon Champion and will be looking to pick up the soon to be released follow up Dragon Avenger. 7.5 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for any age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great book read and keep
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago