Funke, Cornelia. 2004. Dragon Rider.
Firedrake, Ben, and their furry friend, Sorrel, are in search of the mythical place where dragons can live in peace forever. Together they embark on a journey that takes them to magical lands where they meet marvelous creatures--and one ruthless villain. Along the way, they will discover allies in odd places, courage they didn’t know they had, and a hidden destiny that changes everything.
Dragon Rider is an enjoyable read cover to cover. A fantasy novel that I found I simply couldn’t put down. 523 pages of pure magic. I loved everything about this book almost. The characters. The action. It was just magical through and through. It is a book about a dragon, a brownie, a human boy, a homunculus, with a few rats now and then who team up to find a forgotten “hidden” valley where dragons can live in peace free from human dangers and pursuits. The journey is dangerous, and there are enemies and spies running about, but friendship, trust, love, and loyalty all come into play in this great novel full of adventure.