The Little Dragons by Rowan Starsmith

The Little Dragons

By Rowan Starsmith

  • Release Date: 2011-09-19
  • Genre: Fantasy
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Description

Before the Kings came, the People of the Land had an agreement with the Dragons. It was negotiated by the Dragon Priestesses, who could communicate with those fearsome beasts through their familiars, the Little Dragons. The Kings, however, knew only the way of the sword. In their war against the Dragons, they killed their smaller cousins as well, along with the Priestesses who cared for them. The revenge of the Dragons was disastrous for both peoples, forcing everyone to live their lives at night, when the Dragons sleep in their caves in the mountains.
Feeling her age breathing on the back of her neck, Mother Peg, a Senior Healer of the Earth People, is determined to track down the persistent rumours that some of the doomed Dragon Priestesses shared their knowledge with the Healers who sheltered them. On the other side of the Realm, powerful King Anglewart of the Westlands, as determined as Mother Peg to find the Little Dragons, sends a search expedition to the mountains.
Others become caught up in the quest: King Anglewart’s spirited wife, Queen Melisande, and their daughter, Liandra, apparently pregnant, although she denies ever lying with a man; Mother Peg’s servant, Maida, who dreams of becoming a Healer despite her origins as the daughter of a cheesemaker; Gleve, newly confirmed as a Healer and worried about what will happen to his beloved elderly teacher, Father Mallory, when he leaves; Keiran of Hanford, who survives the dangers of the King’s expedition to the Dragon caves, only to be beaten and left for dead by his own companions; Jessa and Ev, two lowly servants in the Women’s Retreat House, where young noblewomen commit themselves to craft and prayer, and widows retire to live out their days.
Danger surrounds each of these people—Dragons, of course, but also their antagonism towards one another. They cannot know that each bears a unique clue to the secret knowledge of the Dragon Priestesses.

"This is an awesome book! I love the author’s boldness, writing outside the box, giving me twists and turns and unexpected plots. This is a nice long story where you get character development in the first ten or so chapters, then get the rest of the book to continue traveling along with people you now know and love (or hate)." Cynikat, Podiobooks subscriber.

"I was thoroughly enchanted and delighted by the best book I have listened to in a very long time.It is a well-crafted world of fantasy; man-eating dragons, little dragons, unfaithful kings, banished queens and princesses, Earth people, King’s men, witch healers, and Little Dragon Keepers all trying to survive in a very believable world.As a well-written story should, it got under my skin. I laughed, gasped in surprise, cheered on and cried. It will be in my mind for a very long time." Arlene Radasky, author of The Fox.

A Warning
This book contains mature themes and is not intended for children. Also, two of the female characters share a loving lesbian relationship and one of the male characters is attracted to his male friend. Several Podiobooks listeners have found this offensive. Others have found it delightful, especially those who rarely see themselves reflected in the pages of fantasy fiction.

Reviews

  • He little dragons

    5
    By jimpaterson
    I could not put the book down looking forward to seeing more of this writers work great story
  • Little dragons

    5
    By Pete'reader
    I have thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book so much so I could not put it down. Where the next book.
  • Meh

    3
    By Shedfred
    Good plot , bad characters, it also felt a bit rushed even though it's 700 odd pages long
  • The little dragons

    5
    By soapy soutar
    Th little dragons is a great book , I thoughrolly enjoyed it , the characters were well thought out and story galloped along at a good pace, well done . More !!
  • A wonderful World

    5
    By LisaTee13
    I throughly enjoyed this book. Would have loved there to be a sequel however, still a good stand alone book.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Kaff h
    I really enjoyed this book, so nice to find a different view of dragons
  • Eh

    3
    By Henryola2397
    An alright book, Liandra's death was stupid, dragons were pervs and royalty was pretty much as you'd expect.
  • .

    5
    By Tár
    Amazing to read, wish there had been more though as at the ending there was still so much story to tell! Should make a sequel.
  • Fantastic!!!

    5
    By Fi_1987
    If you enjoy the game of thrones series then you are likely to enjoy this! It is a much easier read that has similar themes that are told in other interesting ways. I don't consider myself much of a reader but I struggled to put this book down and when I did I struggled not to pick it back up again! I would recommend to others to read it and have already persuaded other family members to read it who also enjoyed it!
  • Best book I've read

    5
    By Mr hairy115
    This is my favourite book I've read for a long time but hard to follow at first but got easier as it went along it left it on a bit of a cliff hanger hopping for a more in the form of a sequel and I would buy for this book and the next.

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