Title: Dragon’s Milk
Series: Dragon Chronicles, #1
Author: Susan Fletcher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons
Hearts: ♥ ♥
“You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight.”
Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows what she must do. She must search out the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and somehow get some of her precious milk. It’s the only way to save her foster-sister’s life. Kaeldra would rather not go. It’s much too terriffying, much too dangerous. But Kaeldra knows that she’s the only one who can do it. For she is the only one who can actually communicate with dragons.
But little does Kaeldra know what she’s getting into. She’s about to begin a journey that will entwine her fate with that of three little draclings and one would-be dragonslayer. A journey the will become a struggle for life.
Kaeldra wakes with a jolt. Something doesn’t feel right. She can’t decipher what, but something is definitely wrong. Then the sheep start bleating from fear. Something is really amiss! Hastily she puts on her coat and climbs down the ladder. The whole house
begins to shake and Kaeldra hears very loud and strange noises. Startled, she ends up falling down the ladder. Very hard. Granmyr and Rygenn yell from the basement to run to them, to safety…
The next day Granmyr uses her red clay to find out what exactly happened during the night. The clay shows them that baby dragons have been born. Since dragons are dangerous, this means that they have to be found and killed as soon as possible. However they are hard to find… Soon after Kaeldra’s little sister falls ill. Although Granmyr tries everything she can do, it’s all to no avail. Kaeldra hates standing at her sister’s sick-bed and see her becoming weaker day by day. She asks Granmyr if there’s really nothing that can save her sister….
The old woman reluctantly tells her that only dragon’s milk will be able to save Lyf, her little sister. Kaeldra is her only hop. since she’s a descendant of women who could speak with dragons. So she’ll be the only one able to bargain with the female dragon for milk…
Kaeldra leaves the following day for the dragon’s den. The moment she arrives, she’s almost eaten by the dragon. Fortunately she is able to reason with it by offering to take care of the young dragons while their mother is hunting. That promise is the start of Kaeldra’s relationship with the dragons. A friendship that will bring great problems along…
What drew me to this book was the fantastic cover with the dragons. Normally speaking a great cover = a great book. At least that was the case with all the great covers I’d come across. Until now, until I started reading this one. The story isn’t even half as good as the cover is!
The first few pages weren’t that bad. The writer used short sentences and simple words. So, it should be no problem for me to read it, As I’ve read English books for a couple of years now. Especially since it’s meant for young adults. Wrong! I don’t what was amiss, but I had to reread sentences a couple of times before I finally grasped what was happening. It also looked like some parts of the story were missing. One moment she was doing something and the next moment something else was happening. Not logical at all.
Kaeldra’s personality was also something I didn’t like. She didn’t think before acting. Like when you come across the cave of a dangerous, man-eating dragon, you don’t just walk in! Especially when this particular dragon has young to protect. That’s only asking for being eaten! She also expects that the young baby dragons will listen to her. Hello, the words already say it: they are young baby dragons. If human baby’s don’t listen how will you expect that dragon baby’s do?
The adventures in this book were over in a flash. Like when someone found the baby dragons hiding place. All it took was a couple of sentences of reading before they were safe once again. I think the only reason I kept on reading was that I wanted to know how it would end with the baby dragons. Even if their personalities didn’t have much dept and their role in this story was kind of underdeveloped.
Likewise the ending wasn’t that great. Okay, somewhat exciting things happened, but it was written in such a way that it didn’t make me feel a thing (sorry can’t describe this better without some major spoilers ;)). Even though some really shocking things happened, I still didn’t feel it… And then the epilogue. So unbelievable. Not a way to finish the story.
2 HEARTS, barely. I first planned on giving this only one heart, but the little dragons saved the story. Just because they were adorable little dragons. Oh and I’m almost forgetting the amazing cover! The story itself, in my eyes, just isn’t really worth giving it those two hearts…
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