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The Dragon's Boy: A Tale of Young King Arthur Paperback – 1 Mar 2001
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I have to admit, if I would have been the intended audience about twenty years ago, I think I would have loved The Dragon's Boy. As is, I thought it was just an okay book. I liked it, and found it fun to read. However, it didn't blow me away. I've read books that are a lot better about King Arthur over the years. I also found all of the characters to be unlikable. The main character, Artos, was a brat for most of the book. He was very selfish, and a jerk to those around him. The only side character that I really liked was Lady Marion, and she wasn't in the book very much.
Even though I didn't find The Dragon's Boy mind-blowing spectacular, I did enjoy it. Once it ended, I wanted to know more about the author's interpretation of the relationship between Linn and Artos. I might have to read/re-read some of Jane Yolen's other King Arthur books and refresh my mind on her take on the tale. I think this would be a good book for children that are interested in the King Arthur legend, but have never read anything about it before. It's a great beginning stepping stone to other King Arthur retellings.
It's a grand tale of young King Arthur with some familiar characters. He doesn't become king by the end of this book, but he's well on his way to understanding how to lead people. He gains some understanding of himself and the people around him as well.
I enjoyed it and found it clever and engaging. The character of Artos changes quite a bit over the short length of the book and Yolen is a masterful storyteller. There are some nice surprises in the lessons that Artos learns throughout the book.
Included in the ebook is a note by the author about how the book got written along with a nice personal history of Jane Yolen with photographs. According to the author, she has a sum of books of 335. If you've never read anything by her, you owe a look at her work.
I was given a review copy of the book by Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this book.
In this novella of 120 pages Artos gradually realizes that there are many kinds of wisdom, from diverse and even contradictory sources-- some of which he must puzzle out for himself: book learning, reading between the lines of life, court and courtyard smarts, plus navigating the intricacies of the human heart. Christened with a new and puzzling patronymic epithet, Artos must mature to don with pride and dignity the surname of Pendragon--son of the dragon. But surely he is not the son of This ancient dragon, whom he had finally grown to love! The literary pacing changes in the last two chapters, where there is plot and action are repalced by more serious dialogue. With oblique references to Arthur's future glory in Celtic legend, Yolen includes pages of deep introspection, which may strain the interest of very young readers. Yet
we can never get enough of Arthur, creator of Camelot--a shining place which has captured the imagination of Western civilizaion for centuries. The world will long remain the richer for his chivalric legacy.