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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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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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  • TU
  • 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.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 03-13-18

Amel finds more in her dragon than expected

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

This story is Amel fighting against the odds to be what she wants to be. She has no support in school from the other students. In fact, they all doubt her. But Raolcan, her dragon, feels to have as strong a determination as Amel. Amel has to decide if she really wants to do this when she learns it means her dragon will be a slave, magically bound.

Jigisha Patel is a new voice for me. The introduction by Audible and title page sound clear but the first chapter sounds muffled which jumps out at me within seconds. There were a few moments I thought it was clearing up, but it got muffled again. The muffle clears up at the end of first chapter and the remainder of the book is clear as a bell. As Jigisha narrates, I could hear her breath. I know everyone breaths, but some narrators are easier to hear than others. Knowing this helped me not focus on it and listen to the story. Jigisha voiced Amel with character and determination, which fits Amel as she is determined.

Amel has a handicap, her leg. She's determined to not be judged or stopped by it. This is awesome. We see, with Amel, a lot of people think she won't make it through the difficult lessons with her dragon, but Amel's strength shows through. She's more and can do more, than people want to give her credit for. People see a handicap and stop there. Amel's determined to show them she's more. And she is. I love the dragon that picks her though. Raolcan doesn't see a handicap. He sees a strong young woman who is like him in views.

Amel and Raolcan don't trust others, but they'll have to trust each other to survive the first flight. Yet, the seem to be fast friends. They find something in the other they aren't given by other people, a support and strength to keep going. Sometimes having that one person (or dragon) can help.

This story is very much a good story for young readers. Amel doesn't bulk under the negative vibe of others. She's strong and willing to keep going for what she wants. AND, she's a kind person. She'll help anyone. She's sincere in her worries for Raolcan as well. This is a clean story in language and affections.

This is a dragon school. We learn little details of the dragons and their positions and jobs based on their color. We even learn how dragons come to the school and why. There is a interesting connection with the dragons, and I'm glad Amel sees the truth in it.

The way the story ends with the dragon school leaves us to think there is possibly trouble somewhere. There is going to be more to come and I'm kind of curious about what Amel and Raolcan will come across.

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Narration issues takes away from pretty good story

Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah Wilson is a decent first entry into the series. Quite a few reviewers stated that Amel was way too whiny, and I agree, but with this basically being a novella and a first entry, I would guess that this attitude will quickly change in the next book as she gains confidence and reputation with her dragon. The story was pretty good and consistently kept moving along at a good pace. I didn't really feel much of a connection to any of the characters at this point, but I'm interested in seeing how the bond between Amel and her dragon progresses. This DOES have a cliffhanger ending, so to speak, so if you aren't looking to commit to the series, this may bother you.

Jigisha Patel's narration wasn't bad-I likely would have given it 4 stars, but the recording was inconsistent, jumping from crystal clear to sharp to sounding muffled, at least in the first few chapters. It took away from the listening experience and was pretty annoying. In addition, there were times where you could tell she was reading something that would have benefited from reading with a bit of emotion, but it just wasn't there. It wasn't a difficult listen though, per se, and I wouldn't let this stop you from listening, but it just wasn't up to the quality of narration that I typically hear on Audible, even for lesser known authors and narrators. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.