Thursday, March 2, 2017


It had been sitting on our shelves for years. Barely looked at save in idle curiosity, all but entirely forgotten. A hidden gem forgotten not just by us, but by the world at large. We have NEVER read a more criminally UNDERRATED book.

My Father and I just finished Dragonworld by Byron Preiss and Michael Reaves (illustrated by Joseph Zucker).

A book filled with the quiet grace and power of antiquity coupled with passionate emotions and devious court intrigue, Dragonworld ranks alongside the works of Patricia A. McKillip, Diana Wynne Jones, J.K. Rowling, and even J.R.R. Tolkien. Do not let the unimaginative title fool you. It is a book that tells of how precious our children are, how easily people are misled to war and the value of talking first. It tells of Dragons.

Fondest farewells to Amsel the inventor, Dayon, Elders Jondalrun, Tamark, Pennel, Tenniel, and Lagow of Fandora. And to Monarch Hawkwind, Lady Ceria, Monarch-Emeritus Ephrion, Willen, General Vora, Baron and Baroness Tolchin and Alora, and Prince Kiorte of Simbala. And to the coldrakes and the Last Dragon.

May peace and a future for the Dragons find you well.

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