Book by Cornelia Funke
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"Marvelous stuff for dreaming adventurers of any age."--Clive Barker
"A warm-hearted dream of a book."--The Guardian UK
"A good, old-fashioned ensemble cast quest."--Booklist
"Engaging and suspenseful." --VOYA
"Exciting adventures abound...This book delivers."--The Horn Book
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A People Magazine Top 10 Pick
Voice of Youth Advocates
(October 1, 2004
This latest adventure story of a boy, a dragon, and a quest will thoroughly satisfy Funke's North American fans. After hiding in rural Scotland for years, a community of dragons finds itself threatened by the incursion of man. Warned of their impending doom but frightened, the dragons refuse to act. Only one, Firedrake, and Sorrel, his Brownie companion, strike out in search of the Rim of Heaven, a haven for dragons remembered only vaguely by the oldest among them. The pair soon finds an unlikely but helpful companion in Ben, a homeless boy. Threatened by ancient predators and assisted by sympathetic scholars and other mythical creatures, the trio triumphantly locates a new haven for the dragons and discover Ben's destiny as the Dragon Rider. The plot is rich, but characters sometimes lack development. The dragon Firedrake is sympathetically drawn, but Sorrel's and Ben's characters are less complete. Sorrel's dialogue is often choppy, and readers learn nothing of Ben's past despite his lack of family or home. Still the novel is engaging and suspenseful and will be read and enjoyed by fans of Funke and fantasy.-Anita Beaman.
School Library Journal
(October 1, 2004;
Gr 4-6-Young Firedrake is the only dragon to heed a warning from his colony's senior resident: return to the hidden city at the Rim of Heaven, or suffer imminent discovery and destruction by humans. Accompanied by a feisty Scottish brownie, an orphaned boy who becomes his dragon rider, and a large group of other supporters, Firedrake fulfills an ancient prophecy and safely returns to his ancestral home. Occasional black-and-white illustrations show many of the book's more exotic characters, a plus for young readers who may not know the folklore from which the creatures are drawn. The omniscient point of view follows each member of this ensemble at length, providing the tale with humor and action but also preventing the main characters from fully developing. The company survives encounters with a basilisk, a djinni, a roc, and a sea serpent, as well as an ongoing threat from Nettlebrand, a malevolent being intent on destroying them. Although each of these confrontations is interesting, the sheer number of episodes, the lack of strong central characters, and Nettlebrand's blustering inability to actually hurt anyone make for a story with much less dramatic tension than Funke's outstanding novels, The Thief Lord (2002) and Inkheart (2003, both Scholastic). A well-known author will assure the book's popularity, but the overlong plot is forgettable.-Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Horn Book Magazine
(September 1, 2004
(Intermediate) A book with a blue-and-gray cover image of a flying dragon, the plot device of an orphan granted entry to a magical world, and enough heft to serve double-duty as a doorstop -- Eragon? The next Harry Potter? No, it's Funke's Dragon Rider, newly arrived from Germany to jostle for space in the crowded fantasy market. Ben, a homeless orphan, joins dragon Firedrake and furry, bad-tempered brownie Sorrel both in their quest to find the dragon home at the Rim of Heaven and in their mortal combat with Nettlebrand, a golden dragon-machine who wants to exterminate dragonkind. Exciting adventures abound, albeit counterbalanced with some implausible motivations, a few plot holes, and a dollop of syrupy s
Published before THE THIEF LORD in Germany, DRAGON RIDER established Cornelia Funke as a bestselling and critically acclaimed author. Now, this fantastical epic has come to America!
Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven --- which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, the boy & dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other.
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Description du livre Chicken House, U.S.A., 2004. Hardcover. État : New. mint cond gft qualty. N° de réf. du libraire 003339
Description du livre Chicken House, 2004. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: From the author of "The Thief Lord" and "Inkheart" comes a magical story about a boy named Ben and a silver-skinned dragon named Firedrake. Funke casts an enchanting spell, creating an ultimately triumphant tale about the power of belief and the true meaning of home. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0439456959
Description du livre Chicken House, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. New book. May have light shelf wear. N° de réf. du libraire BK0144670
Description du livre Chicken House. Hardcover. État : New. 0439456959 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire CV6-35Z4-B550
Description du livre Chicken House, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. Deluxe. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0439456959
Description du livre Chicken House, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0439456959
Description du livre Chicken House, UK, 2004. Illustrated Boards. État : New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 523 pages plus extra NEW edition featuring Sorrels Story a brand new chapter. Many B&W illustrations by author. maps on end pages. Illustrated hardboard covers with gold glitter lettering and moon - NEW. Dragon Rider is about a brave young dragon called Firedrake who embarks upon a dangerous journey to the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas--a magical place where silver dragons can rest easy, free from the threat of destruction by mankind and their only hope of sanctuary. The key to its location is a map rendered by a rat who is a master cartographer. Firedrake is joined on his quest by Ben, an orphaned boy, and Sorrell--a wise-cracking Brownie that is an odd, but ingenious, grumpy kind of fairy. Their journey is not a straightforward one by any means. Created by an alchemist called Petrosius Henbane in 1424, Nettlebrand (a malevolent creature covered in impenetrable gold plates) is their biggest threat--he is intent on destroying them. Nettlebrand is aided by Twigleg, a homunculus who has stowed away in Ben's bag and who is feeding reports on their progress back to his master. Their exciting encounters are many. It is easy to forgive the narrative's excessive length when readers are gorging on such a wonderfully inventive and readable story from an author who has her readers in the palm of her hand on every page. N° de réf. du libraire 018271
Description du livre Chicken House, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110439456959
Description du livre Chicken House New York, 2004. Soft cover. État : New. 1st Edition... ADVANCE READER'S EDITION!!! A perfect unread collectable. New condition. A beautiful example of this fine American Proof Copy. Included with the proof is a map, the property of Gilbert Greytail no less. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. N° de réf. du libraire ABE-1115669095