Dragonskin Slippers (Dragon Slippers) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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An action packed, unputdownable story, with a clever mixture of adventure, humour, and really touching moments (Primary Times)
Dragons, quests and evil adversaries! Perfect reading for story hungry childrenSee all Product Description
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I am very glad indeed that I did! Sitting in my sunny garden with a glass of lemonade, I was enraptured by the tale of Creelisle Carlburn; the fifteen year old girl with a breathtaking talent for embroidery and sewing.
The beginning idea of the story, involving Creel's ridiculous aunt, I found to be a little unbelievable. I accepted it nonetheless, and since it is a minor part of the overall story, I decided it did not matter.
Her aunt, apparently, read a lot of romantic poems and books, so - as one does - decided it would be wise to give her niece to the village's infamous dragon, and then claim to the villagers that she had been stolen. This of course would lead to Creel being rescued by the Lord's son, and marrying him - taking her family out of poverty.
As you can imagine, Creel was terrified, but thinking that with some money she could make her way to the capital and find work, she was able to bargain with the dragon (who was not up for the idea of fighting a lovesick noble) that she would leave him alone if he gave her something from his magnificent hoard.
To Creel's dismay, Theoradus the dragon collected shoes; not gold.
Regardless, she searched for a sensible pair of shoes with which she could walk to the capital. However she found herself falling in love with a beautiful pair of slippers, which fitted her perfectly. So she selected them and set off for her new life.Read more ›
This isn't really a magic book. By that I mean that most magical fantasies aimed at this reading age group tend to use magic lazily as a way out of plot deadends or as a basis for a lot of alchemy hocus-pocus. In "Dragon Slippers" there is magic of a sort, but it just feels like a natural part of the overall story. And, one is certainly willing to forgive coincidences and some plot shortcuts, because they keep the book streamlined and entertaining.
An added bonus is that the heroine's friendships with various sidekicks and secondary characters have some real substance, and are not there solely to move the story along. Similarly, the wide variety of the personalities of the different dragons adds unexpected depth to the tale. There is some real emotional attachment among the characters and just a light touch of romance to round out the package and keep the overall tone of the book light. Needless to say, the quality of the writing is well above the norm for this age group, and you will encounter no cliches or overheated awkwardness. Just a delicate touch, but with a lot of spirit.
The Dragonskin Slippers is the first book of an amazing trilogy. Creel is kind, intelligent and brave. She's a perfect heroine. She's also creative and inventive. She finds a way out of every dire situation. I loved that Jessica Day George managed to combine the very feminine side of Creel with the fierce and tough side of her. Creel makes beautiful dresses with intricate embroidery patterns and she battles her enemies together with the dragons. She flies on a dragon's back regularly and she's quite fearless. In the meantime she also manages to befriend a prince. Creel is awesome and the same goes for the dragons. I enjoyed reading this book so much. The friendships are special and the story is magical, they are making Dragonskin Slippers truly amazing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a nice girls story, although the sense of injustice may overwhelm some young readers. The basic "girl makes good" story with a dragon and a prince and the girl saves the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Fayley
Dragonskin slippers was and amazing book and I will definatley read the other two. I highly recommend this book if you have a good imagination! 😊Published 20 months ago by Hannah.E.K
Dragonskin Slippers is an utterly enchanting novel. It is my favourite book of the year so far - one which has left me feeling sad because it has ended. Read morePublished on 30 April 2013 by Denyse King
A spectacular fantasy about fire-breathing dragons, and a young ordinary maid who is left by a cave which is told to have a dragon inside it! Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Stuart Reynolds
Personally, I don't read much fantasy. But this book... this is enough to make anyone change their mind! Read morePublished on 10 May 2009 by Sandra
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