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Dragon Rider Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 523 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Deluxe edition (Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439456959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439456951
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Marvelous stuff for dreaming adventurers of any age."--Clive Barker
"A warm-hearted dream of a book."--The Guardian UK
"A good, old-fashioned ensemble cast quest."--Booklist
"Engaging and suspenseful." --VOYA
"Exciting adventures abound...This book delivers."--The Horn Book
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A People Magazine Top 10 Pick
Voice of Youth Advocates
(October 1, 2004
This latest adventure story of a boy, a dragon, and a quest will thoroughly satisfy Funke's North American fans. After hiding in rural Scotland for years, a community of dragons finds itself threatened by the incursion of man. Warned of their impending doom but frightened, the dragons refuse to act. Only one, Firedrake, and Sorrel, his Brownie companion, strike out in search of the Rim of Heaven, a haven for dragons remembered only vaguely by the oldest among them. The pair soon finds an unlikely but helpful companion in Ben, a homeless boy. Threatened by ancient predators and assisted by sympathetic scholars and other mythical creatures, the trio triumphantly locates a new haven for the dragons and discover Ben's destiny as the Dragon Rider. The plot is rich, but characters sometimes lack development. The dragon Firedrake is sympathetically drawn, but Sorrel's and Ben's characters are less complete. Sorrel's dialogue is often choppy, and readers learn nothing of Ben's past despite his lack of family or home. Still the novel is engaging and suspenseful and will be read and enjoyed by fans of Funke and fantasy.-Anita Beaman.
School Library Journal
(October 1, 2004;
Gr 4-6-Young Firedrake is the only dragon to heed a warning from his colony's senior resident: return to the hidden city at the Rim of Heaven, or suffer imminent discovery and destruction by humans. Accompanied by a feisty Scottish brownie, an orphaned boy who becomes his dragon rider, and a large group of other supporters, Firedrake fulfills an ancient prophecy and safely returns to his ancestral home. Occasional black-and-white illustrations show many of the book's more exotic characters, a plus for young readers who may not know the folklore from which the creatures are drawn. The omniscient point of view follows each member of this ensemble at length, providing the tale with humor and action but also preventing the main characters from fully developing. The company survives encounters with a basilisk, a djinni, a roc, and a sea serpent, as well as an ongoing threat from Nettlebrand, a malevolent being intent on destroying them. Although each of these confrontations is interesting, the sheer number of episodes, the lack of strong central characters, and Nettlebrand's blustering inability to actually hurt anyone make for a story with much less dramatic tension than Funke's outstanding novels, The Thief Lord (2002) and Inkheart (2003, both Scholastic). A well-known author will assure the book's popularity, but the overlong plot is forgettable.-Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Horn Book Magazine
(September 1, 2004
(Intermediate) A book with a blue-and-gray cover image of a flying dragon, the plot device of an orphan granted entry to a magical world, and enough heft to serve double-duty as a doorstop -- Eragon? The next Harry Potter? No, it's Funke's Dragon Rider, newly arrived from Germany to jostle for space in the crowded fantasy market. Ben, a homeless orphan, joins dragon Firedrake and furry, bad-tempered brownie Sorrel both in their quest to find the dragon home at the Rim of Heaven and in their mortal combat with Nettlebrand, a golden dragon-machine who wants to exterminate dragonkind. Exciting adventures abound, albeit counterbalanced with some implausible motivations, a few plot holes, and a dollop of syrupy s --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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Dragon Rider is the best book i've ever read. Firstly I read Inkheart and I loved that so I tried The Thief Lord and that was really good too so I went to the bookshop to see if Cornelia Funke had written anything else. I found Dragon Rider.
Once i'd started I couldn't put the book down - beleive me, I got told off at night for reading it and i eventually had to be taken off me! (I am only 12 incase you were wondering!)
Dragon Rider is about a Dragon named Firedrake and a Brownie name Sorrell. They set off on a journey to find the Rim of Heaven. They come across a boy called Ben and he joins them on their quest. I am not going to ruin it for you so I will stop there.
I would reccomend this book to children/teenagers round about m age as it is an adventure book with lots of twists, turns and surprises!
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`Dragon Rider' is a very good magical story and grips any reader that dares to glance in its pages. At every chapter there is a very intimidating mystery that every time always making you want to read on. Also in this book a magical touch lies within and when you read it it appeals to everyone even adults although this book is made for children and the audience can be anyone.

Read this book and you will be thrilling with thoughts and your imagination will be going wild, so read if you dare but after you've read this book you might even have to write a book yourself because you will be so amazed!!!

If you like this book hen I recommend you read `Barkbelly'.
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"this is the best book I have ever read" said my 11 year old goddaughter. There. That's the most powerful review. Her mum said she stopped caring about anything around her as soon as she started reading it. Read it last thing at night, at the breakfast table etc. etc. When she'd finished it my goddaughter said to me "I'm taking it on holiday and I'm reading it again". I also gave my goddaughter "Saving Mississippi" by Cornelia Funke which she also enjoyed but said Dragon Rider was "way better".
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