Dragon and Thief (The Dragonback Series, Book 1)
By: Timothy Zahn
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 12 and up
Are you telling me there’s a ScyFy book written by the king of Star Wars novels about an orphan with his own AI-controlled spaceship AND who has a symbiont relationship with a dragon warrior-poet who lives on his back as a giant golden tatoo?
Yes. Yes I am.
Obviously I bought the entire series after I read that premise. I mean–how could I not? It’s basically a mix of everything awesome!
Slightly unfortunately, I found book one, Dragon and Thief, to be well written for the demographic it’s targeted for–upper middle grade–but not so well written for my grown-up expectations. I found the writing and plot to be more simplistic than I expected and had hoped. BUT, as I usually find with great middle-grade books, once I realigned expectations, I sat back, kicked-off my shoes, and enjoyed the story. By the end of book one, I was sold and ready to jump into book 2.
There was much more fiction than science in book one. Luckily, the 13-year-old nerd in me was too happy to be reading about warrior dragon’s in space to care.
Do you have a 13-year-old nerd somewhere inside of you? Or maybe you are a 13-year-old nerd! Either way, I bet you’re going to enjoy this fun space romp. I did!
No content issues at all.
Best for 12 and up.