Ileth’s dream to become a dragoneer seems far-fetched - she is a penniless orphan with a stutter, pitied and scorned by those around her. But one day, a dragon and his dragoneer stop by Ileth’s small out-of-the way village, and Ileth’s entire perspective shifts. She makes the dangerous journey to the Serpentine, an academy for those who wish to ride and care for dragons, and rises unexpectedly in the esteem of her superiors and peers by way of her own determination, resilience, and honor-clad spirit. E. E. Knight weaves a deft tale of beginnings and hopeful aspiration, triumphs and near failures, all while inviting us into a charming and dangerous realm of valiant dragons and their dragoneers, rival nations, and scheming students. This is a promising beginning for a promising young heroine, and once you flip that final page with a racing, joyous heart, you’ll wish you had the sequel in hand!
In the first book in an exciting new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of theAge of Fire series,an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won't be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.
Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she's dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.
While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She's then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands. . . .
About the Author
E. E. Knight was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, and now calls Chicago home, where he abides in domestic felicity with his family and assorted pets. He is the author of the Age of Fire series and the Vampire Earth series.
Praise for Novice Dragoneer
“Novice Dragoneer is deep and thoughtful, with intricate worldbuilding and resonant characters both human and draconic. Anyone who fell in love with Tamora Pierce’s Alanna will find a home here too.”—Django Wexler, author of The Infernal Battalion
"Engaging, inventive, and compulsively readable, Novice Dragoneer serves up adventure after adventure of our determined, clever heroine, along with plenty of surprises. Highly recommended."—Howard Jones, author of For the Killing of Kings
"One of the most consistently interesting writers."--Charlaine Harris
"An excellent fantasy coming of age story...Ileth’s journey leads her to places of wonder, but also sorrow and loss, and how she copes with the challenges is where the story telling of E. E. Knight shines."—Booklist
Praise for the Age of Fire Novels "E. E. Knight makes his world of dragons soar as the audience roots for them to succeed."--Midwest Book Review
"A refreshingly new protagonist...A fine addition to most fantasy collections."--Library Journal (starred review)