Ari longs to be a dragon summoner like her grandfather, but it is forbidden for girls.
Then one day the chance arises, and Ari discovers a different destiny; one that is even more powerful - a chance to rewrite history.
Ari should have been born a boy... the secrets of Dragon Summoning would have passed to her and to her son, down the generations, but she was not and now war looms once more on the horizon and the dragons are needed. Ari and her grandfather must find a way to circumvent the ancient rules in order to save thousands of lives.
The Last Dragon Summoner, by Sherryl Jordan (author of the brilliant young adult book 'Rocco'), is a short and simple tale of a girl who wishes she was something she is not, and learns to embrace the power of what she is. It was possibly a little too short and simple for me, there were no real plot twists and an older reader could see the 'solutions' about three chapters before the characters figured them out, but for young readers just starting out in fantasy, this is a safe and friendly read.
It is rare to find decent female protagonists in the fantasy genre in general and even more so in children's fantasy, so a big thumbs up to Jordan for her contribution!
Random listing from 'Books'...
Illustrated by Stevie Mahardhika, Sung by Pio Terei and Maori Lyrics by Kotuku Tibble. An illustrated children's picture book with CD of song sung in English and Maori.
If you're happy and you know it...
join in with a bunch of Kiwi Critters as they sing a song, flap their flippers, dig for worms and strut around!
All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.
"A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key."
Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)