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Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles Book 1)

Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Conway
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“Not just another dragon story; this memorable escapade is fast-paced and packed with action. It will leave readers on the edge of their seats.” — D.J. MacHale, author, The SYLO Chronicles and Pendragon

Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war? Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future. While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor. Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but very short 15 Nov 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and my only criticism is that it was just too short - I read it in a few hours. As the next instalment in the series is not out, I now endure a frustrating wait. That said, I cannot complain about the length as for 77p, it took me into another world. The story: Jaevid is half-elf, half-human, despised by both communities. His mother dies and when he is 12, he goes to live with his father and father's family (who all despise him). Thankfully, this episode of our hero's life only lasts for a few pages before, for some reason - not made clear - a dragon rider takes him to an academy, he stumbles on a wild dragon in chains and threatened with maiming, and is accepted as that dragon's rider. At this point he gains strong champions and strong themes of integrity and courage begin to emerge in our hero along with some strange abilities. I enjoyed the description of Jaevid's development into someone who, despite being scared, pushes himself to step up. Strong characters and some interesting themes coming out. I look forward to the next instalment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fledgling(thedragonrider chronicles) 11 Nov 2013
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A very good read more for younger readers im an adult but still enjoyed the story roll on the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 22 Nov 2013
By Hannah
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book! I just wish it had been longer. I cannot wait for the next one :) Hopefully it will be out soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed. 8 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Jaevid is a halfbreed, he is half grey elf and half human. When his mother dies, she names his father as a local man, and now that man has no choice but to take Jaevid in. Jaevids future looks bleak because halfbreeds are looked down on, that is until Jaevid gets the chance to go to Blybrig, the Dragon-rider Academy, to help his father.

One night Jae goes off in search of food. He hears a sound from the strange building he saw when he first arrived. He goes to the building an peeks in. Inside is a magnificent dragon and Jae is mesmerised by it. He sees Sile Derrick, a dragonrider, in there. Sile begins to tell him that this dragon is a wild dragon and not one bred at the Academy. Its been a long time since a wild Dragon chose a rider and no one can seem to tame this one. Jaevid feels drawn to it and gets closer. The dragon responds to Jae and from that moment Jaevids life changes. He is thrown into the world of Dragonriders and when he uncovers a plot to kill Sile, no one believes him so Jaevid is the only one who can help him.

I adore dragon books!! They are my favourite mythological creature so when I saw Fledgling, I immediately added it to my list. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it too because, while aimed at younger readers, I still really enjoyed it.

Plot wise we didn't see much action till the end. Its a little slow going but I attribute that to the fact its the first in the series. There's a war going on between grey elves and humans but we don't learn much about why it started or whats happening with it. Its supposed to be why the Dragon riders are needed yet its never really discussed. I would of liked a little more history and background of the war.

Poor Jaevid!! He has such a tough time.
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By Casie L
Format:Kindle Edition
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Received the book as part of a tour for Avian (book 2) for an honest review

The cover is awesome. I love the dragon on the cover, and I think kids will be drawn to it because it reminds me of how dragons are depicted in video games like WoW.

Okay, I wasn’t sure what to expect in this book because Nicole Conway is an author I have never read before, but I know from the first time I saw the cover and read the blurb that I wanted to read it. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and I loved reading it. The book is like the movie Eragon meets Lord of the Rings kind of vibe…well at least to me. :)

I love Jae’s character because even though he is treated badly and abused by just about everyone he is so brave and loyal to the few people who are very worthwhile friends. He is so tenacious and never gives up. This is so hard to demonstrate to high school students. I know in high school, there is always so much strife and mistreatment from student to student going on, and when one of my students is upset, I always ask them if the person is their friend. When they tell me no way, I tell them then why care what they think? Don’t let someone else ruin your day or your image of how you think and feel about yourself! This was not something anyone ever told me in school, and I had to learn it much later in life.

Felix is another awesome character. He will not stand for someone picking on or hurting one of his friends. He comes from money but does not let that define who he is. He lets his actions speak for him.

Of course, you can’t leave out the fierce dragons who are awesome all by themselves. Mavrik sees something in Jae that no one else did, and they have an amazing partnership.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, looking forward to book 2 1 July 2014
I would like to thank Month9books and Nicole Conway for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I started this book in the flight back from Sharm El Sheikh and I couldn't put it down.

Jaevid is half while elf and half human he is hated by both sides. Jaevid never felt he fit in anywhere, he was protected by his mum up till her death when he was 12. Thrown with his human father and his step family he was always on the outside, until his father takes him to where the dragon riders are trained, here he meets a wild dragon and they build a bond.

Jaevid is sponsored by Sile in the academy, having a perchanct to get into trouble at every turn he meets Felix and they become firm friends. Here starts a fantastic adventure where the two learn about friendship and trust.

The book would be aimed at a younger audience than myself but I loved the adventure and the characters were easily believeable. I get the feeling there is a lot lot more to come from this series of books and I am looking forward to book 2. Book 1 was tied off nicely but left me certainly with some unanswered questions.

If you like a fantasy read that isn't tied down with too much sex, being a young or older reader this is for you, nicely written from a young males POV, It is refreshingly different with, elves and dragons along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great product
Published 25 days ago by Sonia Falconer
3.0 out of 5 stars good read, Shame about the spelling mistakes!
Enjoyable book, although the spelling mistakes and wrong words in sentences was a bit annoying. Will read the next one though.
Published 1 month ago by Miss A. Smithson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Would love to read more of this storyline
Published 2 months ago by Stacie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty well done
All round it is a pretty good book but there are certain words that make the sentence nonsensical. This story is great for a quick easy read
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Bugler
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
this is one of those books that I just cannot put down no matter how much I try to! I love mythical creatures, especially Dragons. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr Alexandra Pollock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Although probably aimed at younger audiences it still appeals to adults and I enjoyed reading it whilst on holiday and look forward to the next book!
Published 4 months ago by cazzyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazeballs!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next instalment. Characters are enjoyable with action to suit everyone and the writing style flows over the page. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Nina McCormack
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
It does not have anything complicated about it and is relatively short as it seems to be for younger readers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Q
4.0 out of 5 stars FLEDGLING
A good yarn with some interesting twists looking forward to. AVIAN and the continuing saga as the twists and turns continue
Published 6 months ago by Mr A Nunn
5.0 out of 5 stars judstar46
WOW what a brilliant book could not put it down its on par with Harry Potter I can see a film in the offing I cannot wait to read the next book
Published 7 months ago by J. A. Owen
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