The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon

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Master storyteller Jane Yolen (Owl Moon, Sword of the Rightful King) and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay (Swamp Thing, Magic: The Gathering) weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way. Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anewwith only a healer's daughter and a kiteflying wouldbe hero standing in its way. * A compelling coming of age fantasy with exquisite fully painted art! "Romantic artwork, rich and elegant in color, powerful in design and line, gives vivid life to this tale of a young village couple outwitting a dragon." Ursula K. LeGuin "When one of the world's great fabulists teams with a charming artist to create a graphic album, you expect something special, and you get it. Sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying, sometimes adventurous--this is what fantasy is supposed to be." Will Shetterly
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 204 x 285 x 15.24mm | 756g
  • Milwaukie, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1595827986
  • 9781595827982
  • 594,225

About Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children's literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Owl Moon, Winner of the 1988 Caldecott MedalJane Yolen's books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. The author lives in Hartfield, MA..
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1,086 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 21% (227)
4 39% (420)
3 31% (339)
2 8% (85)
1 1% (15)

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Reason for Reading: Jane Yolen is a favourite author. A beautiful fantasy and original fairy tale of a couple, the man is the local healer, and their three daughters. The youngest daughter takes after the father and will one day follow in his footsteps to take over as village healer. As they are out one day they discover some herbs, dragonsbane, never found in these parts before. The father explains the legend that it means a dragon is near by but of course he dismisses it as old superstition. When the father disappears shortly afterwards, then followed by horses, sheep, cattle and finally an unattended babe in arms, the discovery of a dragon is not surprising to the villagers. Three boys are sent off to find a hero, a dragonslayer, to rid them of their nightmare but looks can be deceiving and wits are often much more effective. A fantastic story that kept me spellbound throughout my one sitting read. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. The story is somewhat predictable in that it follows expected plotlines with no unexpected twists, but it is also a lovely romance and just a perfect tale to make one's heart sigh. A gorgeous specimen of masculinity, and a beautiful and intelligent woman fighting and risking their lives; one for her village, the other for his love. The artwork is truly gorgeous. My only complaint is that I was reading from an egalley and the art is just too large and overpowering to enjoy to its fullest in this format (and I was reading from my computer screen); one must surely have the actually pages in front of one to experience their pure glory. A must read for fans of fairy more
by Nicola Mansfield
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