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An easy and pretty light novel, telling a story of the killing of a dragon with charming orality in a well constructed fantasy-medieval England. It was probably more like real medieval England than most fantasy settings--there are people of color (although I don't know what sort of Chinese population was present in England in the 14th century) and they are not villains. (In fact, Jing-wei is the one of the heroes of the book). There are also poor people who really are poor and who have troubles
Picked this up on a total whim because it had "dragon" in the title. It was a cute little story! I really liked the two main characters. After starting it I realized I've read almost everything by this author on accident. She always seems to surprise me when her name is on a cover. "Oh! It's THIS author!" happens every time.But seriously, that POOR POOR dragon. I felt really bad for him.
2018 Re-readk actually this is pretty much amazing and I love it Original 2017 ReviewSo I have a lot of different thoughts on this one, but there was a lot that I liked very much (the two main charries, though (Quick question, though: Was the word "fart" used in medieval times? It probably was, but I just would never have thought that it was, so it was a little jarring. But anyway.)If anybody is interested in the story or has specific questions, lemm
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This book was very average for me. I am disappointed because I was expecting to love this story but I think this story was nothing special. I was expecting fast paced plot, magic and dragons. I didn't get fast paced plot or magic. I think this book's synopsis is really misleading and the synopsis doesn't match with the story. This story is set in medieval England and there is no magic at all. There is one dragon which the author gives couple scenes and that's it. I also have to mention that ther...
A boy in medieval England is the only survivor when a dragon eats his village. He joins a traveling freak and acrobat show. There he meets a Chinese girl who came to England with her wealthy family, lost them, and has ended up kept in a cage and advertised as a demon by the freak show owners. The two of them eventually meet another isolated Chinese woman who draws them into a plan to kill the dragon with technology brought from her country. The story pretty much follows the typical young male he...
Jude, the main character, lives in a land that had been riddled by dragons. After extensive hunting the people thought they were near wiped out, until one started burning towns again. Jude loses his home and family to the dragon's fire, and ends up on a mission to try and slay the last dragon. On his way he meets a Chinese lady, Jing-Wei, who's kept captive in a circus. Together they share the burden of the mission.I realised quite early on that the book was more teen than YA, which in itself wa...
My fantasy friends!! Put this as your next read!!!! Freaking fantastic!
Such a great and underrated book
In 1356, an orphaned English youth and the Chinese maiden he freed from a travelling carnival must kill the dragon that destroyed his village.
I did not like this book. I didn't like how it was written in first person as it was "being told" to the scribe. I didn't like the descriptions and attitudes towards Jing-Wei. I didn't like the main character Jude, I found him lacklustre and wishy-washy. I didn't like how long it took for the "hunting" to take place.
If you have never read this book, I highly recommend that you do. At first I wasnt really excited to read this book once you pick it up at times you can’t put it down. I rated it four stars because it was kind of really slow at the beginning. The one thing that I really liked about this book is the way each chapter started and ended. The way she wrote them sounds like a day that they start and end. Jude’s life changed the day he walked home from the fair, his hometown (village) had been burn to
Jude was the son of a swine herder, whose ambitions extended only as far as buying a new bow and perhaps finding a bit of excitement in his life. Then the dragon came and burned his village to ash. Sunk in grief, he falls in with a traveling group of entertainers, and gradually befriends the Chinese girl they have on exhibit. But destiny will pit him once again against the dragon that destroyed his home.I made it over halfway before I just got too bored with this. The dragon is a faceless menace...
When I initially picked up this book I thought the description on the back of the book was very well put together, and it made me interested in reading the book. The description revealed nothing about the plot, but rather described the beauty and fear of the dragon. However, when I got to the inside cover description, I was initially drawn away because it seemed like the novel was going to have typical story line. However, as I begin to read I was instantly draw back by the first sentence which
"Remember, Jude, the worst dragons are the ones in your mind."-an awesome quote from this book!!Jude is not a hero, he's afraid of the dark, of nightmares, and certainly horrified by the news that a dragon has been terrorising villages, leaving nothing but scorched land in its wake. When his entire village is wiped out by the dragon, being the only one alive, Jude is scared as ever. Persuaded by an wise old woman to embark on a possibly-fatal journey to hunt the very last dragon of its kind, and...
This book looked interesting and the way it read was certainly a different way all together that made me smile. The way the story was portrayed was certainly different. But in the end it was a very bland and predictable story, especially since in the beginning you are told right away that everyone lives and is just fine. In the end you don't have the suspense, the worry the hint of danger that you'd get with any other book. It's sort of like I flipped to the last page and read it, then read the
The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl JordanFantastic NZ author Sherryl Jordan does it again. Jude is no hero, but when his family falls victim to the dragon, he sets out to destroy it.He rescues a strange beautiful young Asian girl who was sold to a carnival and caged as a freak because of her language and bound, crippled feet.The story starts with the tale being told to a Monk who writes down everything Jude tells him of his strange, and heroic journey. Another BRILLIANT book by this autho...
Jude wants to be a man, destined for greater things than watchign the four plagues (his little sisters) and the swine his family raises to survive. He sets off to buy a new bow - he's saved for years - and returns to his village that night, tired from the ten mile walk to town. His village is gone. Fire and ash still burn and drift where once there were homes and people Everyone is dead. Everyone. His family, the kids who made fun of his big size and clumsy ways.A stirring of air - the noise of
I am a huge fan of Sherryl Jordan books. I resisted picking this one up and it was different from other things she had written .... Younger kids and dragons was really not what I wanted to read about. HOWEVER ... I got desperate for something of hers to read and thought this was better than nothing .... I am so glad I did. The writing is great again! This is like the kids view of epic stories. What did I love about it? The care he took of his new companion, the very grown up life he had to take
i've enjoyed other jordan books, but this was just flat on the page and never got better. boring characters, boring plot, boring storytelling devices. there's no drama, since the frame story tells you in sentence one that everyone survives to tell the tale. the story plods through every cliche imaginable - damsel in distress, reluctant and possibly unsuitable hero, helpful crone, arrogant male foil, beautiful but dumb dragon, ingenuity and teamwork saving the day. i can't imagine this book would...
If you're like me, a good ol' fashion tale of dragons is fascinating, magical, and often has the capability to leave you in awestruck wonder. This book, I am afraid, did not. It felt drawn out and dull at times, and the personality of the characters felt underdeveloped, even cookie cutter. It is, however a coming of age type story with elements of exploration of cultural differences, which could be looked at as opportunity to be used as teachable moments, if that is something you are looking for...
After Jude becomes the sole survivor from his village after a dragon attack, he finds himself becoming friends and unlikely allies with Jing-Wei, the "freak" in a sideshow in a quest that could kill them both. A great mix of fantasy and historical fiction that could lead fans of one genre to the other.
Set in medieval England, a rustic young man and a Chinese girl (escaped from a freak exhibit) take on and slay a dragon. The whole thing about the way the Chinese people abused their daughters by breaking and binding their feet grosses me out, but it is a historical fact. Other than that, it is a very good plot about two courageous young people. Recommended for young people.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's also been forever since I have read it but I would most definitely read it again. I would recommend this to friends granted I would think they would like it given what kind of books they read. (Sorry I do not have much on this review but I should have another review once I read the book again since it has been a great deal of time)
A Quickie ReviewThough the story of this book was decent, the style was awkward, and I really didn't care for the way that God's name was misused throughout. Fans of dragon lore should stick to the writings of Anne McCaffrey, Donita K. Paul, and/or Bryan Davis instead of reading this mess.Score: 1.75/5
This book is kinda boring for the first couple chapters. The middle is where it really got me. If you are a person that loves adventure I think this is a good book for you. I love how Tybalt gives up being a lone ranger to take care of his new friend.Spoil alert my favorite part is when Tybalt stood up to the king and said "I'd rather go with her and die then live and be without her".
A very realistic human boy, Jude, must end of the reign of terror that a lone dragon is causing. With his family and village burned, he wanders around until fate brings him to Jing-wei and the strength to conquer his inner dragon.
Good and nice! But the boy is such a dimwit, How could he not see the girl like him?! I was a bit frustrated because of it. But the ending satisfy me so I guess I will forget his foolsihness. The deaths are sad even the dragon's.
I read this book when I was younger and I loved it then. For the past few years I have been trying to think of the title again (the main reason why I like to buy the books I read). I'm planning on buying it so I can read it again.
Unexpectedly lovely, this book is as much about culture clash, romance, and self-discovery as it is about a dragon. Sherryl Jordan has a deft hand in crafting believably-flawed and endearing characters, even when they don't speak.