This new dragon series has a twist to it: the lead character is half-human and half-elf. As a result, he is disliked but nearly all humans and elves.<..Show More »br/> The story gets off to a slightly slow start, but the action and drama later on is worth the somewhat slow start. The slow beginning is necessary to set the foundation for the lead character's home life and background as well as his entry into the elite dragon riders' academy. His chief instructor and his best friend turn out to be his sole support, along with his unique dragon. There are two female characters who lend potential love interests as well.
Overall, this is a strong start for this young adult series. I am also a big fan or Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Brisngr, Eldest, & Inheritance). This series is a bit lighter weight, without the added complexity of dwarves, extensive use of exotic languages or such a wide cast of characters and subplots. Nonetheless, Fledgling is worthwhile in its own way and on its own unique strengths. I've already purchased the second audiobook in this series, Avion, and can't wait to listen to it next.
Finally, the narration is first rate throughout. All characters are given appropriate voices, and the general narration is pleasant to listen to. He is a good choice for this series.