Human development has threatened the remote Scottish valley where the last remaining silver dragons have been living. This children’s tale follows the exploits of a silver dragon named Firedrake, the Brownie Sorrel, and Ben, a human boy, in their search for a mythical mountain range known as the Rim of Heaven where dragons will at last be able to live safely. Along the way they have to escape an evil dragon hunter, who wants nothing more than to destroy them, and get assistance from several rather unusual fantastic creatures.
I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work, and this one is brilliantly read by Brendan Fraser. His expressive reading had me enthralled as I got taken along on the dragon ride of my life. He perfectly captures the voice of the ageing dragon, to the fast talking Scottish accented brownie named Sorrel and all the other wonderful and distinctively spoken characters in this tale.
This is a warm, magical novel that I believe Inkheart fans, as well as Harry Potter fans, would love. Entertainment at its best!
Title: Dragon Rider
Author: Cornelia Funke.
Reviewed by Lynda T, East Coast Bays Library.
Lynda T reads anything that grabs her interest, but is particularly interested in science fiction and young adult novels.