This is the first book in a new series from Michelle Knudsen, who is best known for her picture books like The library lion. As soon as I finished it I was online trying to find out when the next book in the series is due to be published. The world of Trelian is well thought out and contains all the elements you want in a good fantasy, without the cliches that normally choke a novel like this. Calen is not a terribly enthusiastic student, yet he develops his skills and abilities in a logical way. Meg is a feisty princess who is not afraid to do what she wants, but she also balances that with the needs of her family and the rest of Trelian. Her dragon friend is also well thought out, with the fact that he is still a baby realised fully, and he too has to grow into his skills.
If you enjoy a good solid fantasy series that feels like it could be real world somewhere then try The dragon of Trelian. It is a fantastic debut novel, and with high quality writing, and a thoroughly enjoyable world filled with likeable heroes, I can only hope that Michelle Knudsen keeps writing in this genre for many years to come.
If you like this book then try:
- Wolf brother by Michelle Paver
- Warriors: Into the wild by Erin Hunter
- Alanna the first adventure by Tamora Pierce
- Into the land of the unicorn by Bruce Coville
Reviewed by Brilla