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About the Author
Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed HERE LIES ARTHUR and NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. Visit him online at philip-reeve.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting adventure story. Reeve is a writer of exceptional talent - the scope of his imagination is breathtaking. A perfect introduction to this first class writer for boys of 8+. I'll be buying it as a Christmas present for all of my younger relatives!
It starts brilliantly: mute Ansel is sold by his father to be a dragon-slayer's assistant, and on the way to his next dragon hunt, the dragon-slayer, Brock, reveals to Ansel that there's no such thing as dragons, and his act is all a show to swindel money from superstitious townsfolk. But when they arrive at the foot of a mountain, and find that something really is calling from the jagged peaks and killing the neaby village's livestock, just what is it?
Interesting premise, isn't it? Unfortunately, when the plot begins to advance and revelations are made, it all feels a bit...obvious. It's as if Mr Reeve had a great idea but didn't know quite how to finish it. Nothing in this book will surprise you, which is a shame because it's precisely the kind of book which needs to deliver on surprises. The polished writing style and brilliant descriptions of mountains make it the book as a whole entertaining enough. It's just...you get the impression that it's building up to a clever twist in the dragon lore, or some clever reveal at the end that makes you realise something you hadn't noticed all along. But no. I guarantee, come the ending, all you will say is 'Oh.' Or maybe 'is that it?'
Make no mistake, this is enjoyable enough - short, simple and, when all is said and done, a good one - just don't go expecting anything special.
Philip Reeve always delivers books that are brilliantly written with fantastic flowing descriptive passages. His descriptions and language sweep you to the mountain side with Ansel as the dragon bears down. This and the clever, polished writing style make this an entertaining enough story but it does feel as if something is lacking.Read more ›
Johannes Brock is a dragon hunter. He likes the idea of a squire who cannot talk and will not be able to share his tricks of the trade. But Brock has a secret, and when he tells it to Ansel, the child is torn between faithfulness to his new master - who has been kinder than his own father - and a desire to tell the truth.
When the two venture into the shadow of a mountain called Drachenberg, their lives and very belief system will be challenged. Readers will be pulled in by themes of loss, grief, friendship, and sacrifice as they struggle on the mountainside along with Ansel and his companions.
Philip Reeve, the author of THE HUNGRY CITY CHRONICLES and THE MORTAL ENGINES quartet, as well as many other young adult novels, has once again produced an exciting story that will dare readers to put it down before they have reached the last page!
Reviewed by: Theresa L. Stowell
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very pleased; very quick delivery, great price and book in great condition. Bought this copy for young friend having loved it myself.Published 23 months ago by R BIRCH
This book is story telling at its best. Reeve manages to take us on an adventure with ansel and brock as they go on a mission to seek dragons. I couldnt put this tale down. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2014 by CJ Morgan
This is excellent, my son is enjoying it immensely. A very enjoyable tale.Published on 20 Nov. 2014 by D
A well-crafted, wonderfully written fairy tale. Quick to read but with some deep thoughts contained within it. I recommend it.Published on 26 Mar. 2014 by Rachel H
A completely new take on a myth. It is not the 'dragons' who are evil but the human beings whom we are expected to look up to for moral guidance.Published on 5 Jan. 2014 by Fliss
A thoroughly enjoyable read for juvenile/adult alike. So much so I bought all of Reeves mortal engines, dragon and goblin books.Published on 22 April 2013 by Ray Carpenter
No such thing as Dragons is a one off by Philip Reeve and an interesting book. On the simplest level it is an interesting story for children (there is some content which may be... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by Amazon Customer