Monday, June 01, 2009

The Dragon of Trelian (MG)


Knudsen, Michelle
. 2009. The Dragon of Trelian. Candlewick. 407 pages.

Meg has a secret. And it's a big one. Who is Meg? A princess. A princess seemingly lost in the shuffle. You see, her oldest sister, Maerlie is getting married. She's marrying the prince, Prince Ryant, a foreign prince. The two countries have been at war a hundred years. Will this future marriage bring peace? That's the big question. But this book isn't about the big question--not really. (Okay, the last hundred pages, it jumps to the big question.)

It's about the players in the background. The little sister, Meg, who is almost more interested in having adventures and having a BIG secret than she is in love, romance, and finding a "prince charming" of her own. It's also about Meg's new best friend, a young boy named Calen. He's an apprentice to the royal magician. These two inhabit two different worlds. Socially speaking, Meg shouldn't even be talking to Calen, let alone becoming his best friend. But when the two meet, something clicks. She feels compelled to share. To share her secret.

What's the big secret? As you might can guess, it has something to do with a dragon. A dragon named Jakl. She found him; he was just a baby dragon. But now it's been months, and he's getting bigger and bigger. He's outgrowing his cave of a home. Meg loves her dragon of course, and she's concerned for him. If others see him, then his life could be in danger.

Calen and Meg make for a good team. He's researching dragons just to help her out, to make her feel at ease. And she is making his life easier too. Giving him a purpose and new-found motivation to live life. Calen's life as an apprentice isn't all fun and games. His teacher, Serek, isn't all that inspired a teacher. At least not as first...

Meg and Calen's developing friendship acts as a catalyst for many things. Together they might just make a difference.

What did I like about this one? I liked the adventure of it. It took me a few chapters to get involved in the characters--this is a whole new world we're entering after all, and it takes a while to get your footing and figure out what's what and who's who--but once Meg does the big reveal. Once she shares with Calen the fact that she's got a pet dragon, then things really start moving. Soon there is danger, action, mystery, and plenty of thrills.

What didn't I like about this one? Well, to be honest, I was a little confused by all the M's. It seems that most if not all of the royal women have names that begin with the letter M. And it was confusing--at least to me--to try to figure who was who. Which sister was which. Who was oldest. Who was youngest. What their exact ages were. Perhaps if I'd retraced my steps and made notes, I would have gotten it all down. As it was, I went through the book a bit fuzzy with a few of the characters. And that was really about it on the dislikes. I liked everything else.

A Christian Worldview of Fiction, Abby the Librarian, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Cafe of Dreams, Dolce Bellezza, Homeschool Book Buzz, KidzBookBuzz.com, Novel Teen, Reading is My Superpower, Reading to Know, Small World Reads, The 160 Acrewoods, Through a Child’s Eyes, Through the Looking Glass Reviews

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

5 comments:

April 11:35 AM  

Great post and review, Becky! I enjoyed this story as well. I really like the characters of Meg and Calen!

SmallWorld at Home 8:23 PM  

Funny--the "M" names were one of my daughter's favorite parts!
(Oh, and I didn't know your last name was Laney. My best friend's daughter is also Rebecca Laney. That kind of took me aback!)

Anonymous,  2:06 AM  

Great website and a very nice review. I'm not much of a Fantasy fan, but this sounds pretty intriguing!

novelteen 10:51 AM  

Good point about all the "m" names, Becky. I thought that too. It's wise for authors to avoid having two main characters whose names start with the same letter. But to have so many, it made me less interested in the sisters because it frustrated me to have to go back and remember which was which. The dialogue usualy made it clear, but the reader shouldn't have to figure those types of things out. Thankfully I liked the main characters enough to ignore the sister issue. :-)
Jill Williamson

Zibilee 11:45 AM  

My daughter loves all things dragon, so I think this book would go perfectly on her summer reading list. Thanks for the great review!

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

Pageloads Counter

Search Book Blogs Search Engine

The background is based on a background I found here...with some small adjustments on my part so it would work with the template.
Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP