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Join Dragon School. Learn to fly. 

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else - with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders. But Amel has a crippled leg, and Dragon School training is grueling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate, or will her dreams dash on the rocks below?

©2017 Sarah K. L. Wilson (P)2018 Sarah K. L. Wilson

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Down to earth!

Who would have thought a dragon book could be down to earth? But this one is. Very genuine! The entire series is true to form. No duds.

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  • CAP
  • Alabama
  • 06-26-18

Dragon + Crippled Girl = Dragon Rider

This was a great introductory story to this series. This series is done as serials, and while I wish each episode contained more, everything that was there was great. I listened to the audio books and the narrator did a fantastic job. Well, she was a bit slow, but once I increased the speed to Fast on my mp3 player, it was perfect.

I love dragons, and having a crippled woman who can't walk without crutch become a dragon rider was a nice touch. Being a shorter work of fiction, the pacing was fast and the book passed by in no time. I look forward to continuing this series!

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Dragon School

Very interesting read about #perseverance #strength and #friendship it's the start of an adventure #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Get a new narrator

I’m sure the rest of the story might probably maybe be good. But the narrator......beuller? Beuller?

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How riders and Dragons are chosen and trained.

Young girl with a crippled leg has trouble believing she can be a rider. She is ridiculed by the other young training riders. Her Dragon has more faith in her

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Great

I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I loved this story from beginning to end. This is a story of courage in the face of all odds. Spider as her dragon names her was injured in childhood but still determined to be a dragon rider. The author's world building and story development took you on a ride and never let go. The narrator carried the story to its conclusion. I can't wait to read the next book. This is a fantasy story but is told so well that I could not stop listening to it. I stayed up until 3 am in order to get to the end.

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Narrator ruined the experience

First, let me say the story is decent in spite of being so short.

Now, let me focus on the narrator for a moment.

Her voice is fine, each character had a distinct tone and although her cadence feels overly slow, it works for the story.

However, she drew me out of the story many times.

There are a lot (A LOT!) of breathing and lip smacking sounds as well as unneeded (and distracting) pauses, all of which could easily have been edited out.

She has very little emotional inflection in her narration, even in dialogue.

But worst of all are her pronunciations. I have to wonder if anyone even edited her audio?
My key annoyance is dais behind said as "dace" but there are several others.


Now, the story.

The story isn't bad. It starts a little slow and has a strong Harry Potter/Sorting Hat feel but moves forward reasonably well.

In a WONDERFUL departure from the usual in YA, the main character is very likable and generous with a strong selfless streak.

The ending is very abrupt and feels like we're cutting off at the tail of the opening rather than the end of a book, but I suspect that's rather intentional to encourage reading the next book.


In closing, the narrator killed the experience for what would otherwise have been a decent way to spend 3 hours.

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Great!

Intriguing story and characters. Great narrator too! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Becoming a dragon rider...

Attending Dragon School, choosing a dragon, getting to take that first flight... there is danger every step of the way. Can Amel make it and continue on her path to becoming a dragon rider?

I really enjoyed the storyline that Sarah K. L. Wilson has set up. I can’t wait to see where we’re taken in the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 03-19-18

A good start but with some audio issues

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The first thing I wanted to point out is that the audio quality of this book (as of today) is very inconsistent. In some places it was very clear and crisp, and others it is muffled and awful. This really made it difficult to get through the book. At only a couple of hours long, this is a big issue to me. That being said, when the narration is clear, she is a good narrator.

As for the story itself, I like the premise. The story line is good, but the main character is a bit weak, in my opinion. She seems to have courage to overcome her disability, but is kind of a whiner.

It has a bit of a cliffhanger, though, so be warned. The rest of the series is not yet available on Audible. I'd be open to checking the series out, if only to see where the story ends up. I just hope they fix the audio issues going forward.