Title: Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books, London
Publication Date: 2005
Illustrator: Riddell, Chris
Book Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
1st ptg., 12mo, pictorial boards, illustrated in line by Chris Riddell. Signed by Stewart and Riddle on the title page. Fine, no dj as issued. Signed by author and artist. Bookseller Inventory # 20847
Synopsis: It's a routine job for a freelance knight: a wealthy merchant needs protection on the journey back to his remote home town laden with goods. But, on the last night, he is woken by the terrified merchant insisting that a dragon said to guard a fabulous hoard in the region has attacked and killed his favourite horse. Free Lance finds the remains of the horse and decides wolves are responsible - dragons aren't real, are they? On entering town, the merchant immediately tells everyone of the attack, and as evening falls, Free Lance witnesses a strange procession of townsfolk taking a beautiful but frightened girl dressed up as a princess out into the wilderness. He follows and realises that they are offering the girl as a sacrifice to appease the 'dragon'. Determined to rescue the damsel, little does Free Lance realise the danger he will face in this cracking, wonderfully-illustrated story.
About the Author: Paul Stewart is the author of many books for children and with Chris Riddell is the creator of the hugely successful EDGE CHRONICLES series. He lives in Brighton with his wife and two children. CHRIS RIDDELL is the Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator of a broad range of highly successful books for children. With author Paul Stewart he is the creator of the best-selling fantasy series THE EDGE CHRONICLES. He has been the political cartoonist for THE OBSERVER newspaper since 1995. With his wife and two children he lives in Brighton.
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