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Dragon Rider Hardcover – 30 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; First American Edition edition (30 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903434904
  • ISBN-13: 979-1903434900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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It’s a fantasy, it’s long and it’s got dragons in it. It’s bound to be another hit book from Cornelia Funke! Ever since the popularity of the German author of bestselling fantasies The Thief Lord and Inkheart went global a few years ago, her legion of fans have demanded more books from her than she can reasonably hope to write each year. So, re-discovering this hefty, earlier novel from 1997 was a logical development--and her keenest readers will devour it as before.

Possibly aimed at slightly younger readers than her previous novels, despite its massive five hundred pages, Dragon Rider is about a brave young dragon called Firedrake who embarks upon a dangerous journey to the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas--a magical place where silver dragons can rest easy, free from the threat of destruction by mankind and their only hope of sanctuary. The key to its location is a map rendered by a rat who is a master cartographer.

Firedrake is joined on his quest by Ben, an orphaned boy, and Sorrell--a wise-cracking Brownie that is an odd, but ingenious, grumpy kind of fairy. Their journey is not a straightforward one by any means. Created by an alchemist called Petrosius Henbane in 1424, Nettlebrand is their biggest threat--a malevolent creature covered in impenetrable gold plates that is intent on destroying them. He is aided by Twigleg, a homunculus who has stowed away in Ben’s bag and who is feeding reports on their progress back to his master.

Their exciting encounters are many--and the colourful fold-out map in the book’s centre is an added bonus. It is easy to forgive the narrative’s excessive length when readers are gorging on such a wonderfully inventive and readable story from an author who has her readers in the palm of her hand on every page. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay

About the Author

Cornelia Funke is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, international best-selling author. She lives in Hamburg with her husband and two children.


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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book kept me going for hours. Every aspect of it is exiting. It's not your ordinary book which is boring at the start and gradually builds up, right from the word go it's superb.
When a young homeless boy finds a dragon in the abandoned building he lives in the adventure begins. A homeless boy called Ben, a brownie called Sorrel and a young dragon called Firedrake set off from a city to find the rim of heaven, (The home of all dragons) but they have a few problems on the way. With a brownie who is giving directions but can't read a map and a dragon-eating beast on the loose of course you'd have problems.
I won't spoil the story, but if you are aged ten or over I'm sure you will love this adventure.George P, age 11.
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Fantastic! This extremely exciting book will keep you on the very edge of your seat with the adventures of three creatures tied together by fate.

Firedrake, Ben and a cheeky young Brownie called Sorrel go through a breathtaking adventure to reach the rim of heaven - where dragons can live in peace and harmony.

I personally think this is the best book I have ever read.

Unlike other books I've read, Dragon Rider is the first book to have a recognizable creature named as something else, for example, a Brownie is a cat. But like some other books such as "How to train your dragon" and "Dragon keeper", Dragon rider is another great book centred on the amazing adventures of dragons.

Ben, Sorrel and Firedrake face lots of horrible creatures on their journey, such as poachers, dwarfs, pixies and a heartless monster from the past who's been waiting for a very long time to destroy the last dragon on Earth.

Travelling through towns, mountains and even over seas, this book is a cracker of a journey. It has great characters like...

Burr-Burr-Chan A mountain brownie

Maia A she-dragon

Gravelbeard A dwarf

Plus lots more like Ben a normal boy from London.

All books have weaknesses but dragon rider has very few. Over all Dragon Rider is an extremely good story, which I'd recommend to anyone who is searching for fantasy and excitement in the pages of a book.

Go on read it!

Benjamin
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wow, this is a great book for children and adults, I read it first to see if it was suitable for my son and I was so sad to finish it that i started reading it again. it takes a couple of chapters to get going but worth it !!! fantastic book..
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I recently read this book to my son (aged 7) and daughter (aged 5) and we all thoroughly enjoyed it - even Dad came home early to listen in! It is a long book but it weaves a magical spell which is totally captivating and believable, so much so that we all felt a bit empty once we got to the end. This is as imaginitive as Harry Potter but, without the dark overtones - just sometimes a little scary when the monster Nettlebrand is around..... I thoroughly recommend this even for quite young kids like mine and I am sure they will read it for themselves when they are a little older.
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My eight year old son and I read this together at bedtimes and we both absolutely loved it. Although a long book, we were sorry when it came to an end and are keen to read more by this author.

The story was exciting, imaginative and gripping. Definitely a "must-read" for all dragon fans!
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Fantastic - edge of your seat book.
This extremely exciting book will keep you on the very edge of your seat with the adventures of three creatures tied together by fate.

Firedrake, Ben and a cheeky young Brownie called Sorrel go through a breathtaking adventure to reach the rim of heaven - where dragons can live in peace and harmony.

I personally think this is the best book I have ever read.

Unlike other books I've read, Dragon Rider is the first book to have a recognisable creature named as something else: for example, a Brownie is a cat. But like some other books such as "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Dragon Keeper", Dragon Rider is another great book centred on the amazing adventures of dragons.

Ben, Sorrel and Firedrake face lots of horrible creatures on their journey, such as poachers, dwarfs, pixies and a heartless monster from the past who's been waiting for a very long time to destroy the last dragon on Earth.

Travelling through towns, mountains and even over seas; this book is a cracker of a journey. It has great characters like...

Burr-Burr-Chan - A mountain brownie
Maia - A she-dragon
Gravelbeard - A dwarf
Plus lots more like Ben a normal boy from London.

All books have weaknesses but dragon rider has very few. Overall Dragon Rider is an extremely good story, which I'd recommend to anyone who is searching for fantasy and excitement in the pages of a book.

Go on read it!

Benjamin
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I liked this book because the dragon Sorrell, the Brownie and the dragon rider go in dangerous places and escape! My favourite part was when they found what they were looking for: the Rim of Heaven! You will like this book if you like adventure stories and you are aged 6 to 14.
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