It’s not every day you wake up and find you’re a dragon slayer…
Simon St. George meets his long lost father after supposing him dead, only to be informed that he is a descendant of St George the Dragon Slayer and it is his duty to inherit this role himself. For there are dragons in today's society and the world should be rid of their evil once and for all! Trouble is, they are disguised as humans in positions of power….
Exciting fantasy adventure with generous lashings of snarky humour.
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Hightmanís debut novel for children is an ambitious fantasy adventure that is always pacy, never dull, and consistently interesting. Imagine waking up one day to find that you are descended from an ancient line of dragonhunters? Thatís exactly what happens to Simon St. George in The Saint of Dragons and how he goes about adjusting to his new existence is the stuff of great entertainment.
Simonís life at the Lighthouse School for Boys, an elite and expensive academy for children whose parents want them to have the best education--at the greatest possible distance away--is humdrum and always has been. He is therefore shocked and amazed, and a little bit peeved, when a scruffy man turns up one night claiming to be the father he has never seen and kidnaps him. Aldric St George is a descendant of St George the Dragon Slayer and his family have been eliminating the vestiges of dragonkind, now cunningly disguised amongst the human population of earth, for generations.
Simon is sceptical--but his first encounter with a dragon soon brings the reality of his new life into sharp relief. Father and son venture to many different lands, Italy, France, Russia and China, to try and thwart a great gathering of dragons intent on executing an unthinkable disastrous experiment. Itís comic book stuff, but it is all nevertheless page-turningly addictive. There are some great action sequences and lots of heart-stopping drama.
Hightmanís book is typical of a whole canon of magical fantasy adventures that are around today and competing with the Harry Potter generation of young readers. What it lacks in literary prowess, it more than makes for in the wholehearted gusto and energy of its story and in its telling. A thoroughly engaging first novel, with a sequel already in the pipeline. (Age 10 and over) --John McLayReview:
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“An ambitious fantasy adventure that is always pacy, never dull, and consistently interesting … A thoroughly engaging first novel.” Amazon
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Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007197713