Get your dragon on! A review of Fledgling by Nicole Conway

Fledgeling by Nicole Conway (Ebook) This is a fantasy adventure about a hybrid boy elf/human who kinda-accidentally binds himself to a wild dragon that no one else can tame.

While this book is middle grade, it did not suffer from all the juvenile mannerisms that would annoy the adult reader. Nope, no whining and sticking out their tongues in this one (thank goodness)

Our Half-Elf is in an interesting situation. As a dragonrider, he must train to be a flying soldier in an army bent on destroying the elves. That’s kind of a pickle, but this conflict isn’t touched on in book one. I hope they delve into it further in future books.

Anyway, this book deals with the prejudice that this boy faces in the world of men for being half elf, and you also see a hint that the elves don’t care for half breeds, either. Poor kid! The only ones who seem to like him are his roommate, his trainer, and his trainer’s daughter. (Yep, dangerous ground there, and the beginnings of what might be a love interest when these characters age-up a bit)

This book deals with the struggle of a middle grade boy who just wants to fit in, while he sets off on a pretty impressive (and almost believable) adventure to save one of the few people who’d ever shown him kindness. Throw in a couple of dragons, and this reader is totally sold. I wish I’d picked this book up sooner!


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One response to “Get your dragon on! A review of Fledgling by Nicole Conway

  1. I hope you’re having fun meeting and signing books with the author of this one.
    I have to say I didn’t buy the story line when I read this a few years ago. While prejudice is a real issue, I like to see the conflict be about more than that (because I feel that’s been overdone) so this felt very middle grade to me (although I agree the characters were more mature but I chalked that up to the society they lived in).
    If you read the next book, I’d love to hear what you think. Because I’m always up for a good dragon tale (which is why I picked this up on a 99 cent special so long ago).