As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.
Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after she's attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.
Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.
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.
"Knight creates a marvelous character study of a young woman within the walls of a mostly male-dominated world...Highly recommended as a crossover for adults and YA readers drawn to fantasy novels with dragons and the women who ride them."--Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for the Dragoneer Academy series
“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
“If you enjoy fantasy, dragons, training, and a wonderful young heroine, I suggest you read this book."—The Reading Café
“Delightfully entertaining…Fans of magic school stories will especially take great pleasure in it."—The Bibliosanctum