Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Haskell, Merrie

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers
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Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.

Published: New York : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062008161
9780062008169
Branch Call Number: J HAS
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,22 cm.

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Dec 24, 2014
  • ilovepiggy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was really interesting. At first you may not even be sure it is fantasy, but a little later in reading, you'll be like "what?! how did I not notice this is fantasy!" there are dragons, magical horses, and so much more. I enjoyed this read, the character is really believable, she is not one of those perfect princesses, and she not one of those super brave adventurer princesses who wants to be a boy. I think she is perfectly right in the middle.
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Sep 04, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a coming-of-age story, this one deals with the usual themes of rebellion, acceptance, love, honor, duty and pleasure, along with a dragon or two thrown into the mix. A lot of the familiar elements from fantasy are here—damsels in distress, dangerous dragons, , magical spells, menacing fey folk—but this princess is a lady of a different sort, yearning for a life far away from home…only to learn that running away from home can cause more problems than it solves.

At first, I found myself both impatient with and sorry for Princess Mathilda. She was born with a splayed foot and pigeon toes. But that’s really the least of her troubles, although it takes her a while to see it. However, I grew more and more admiring of her as she fearlessly sought her destiny and applauded her for dealing with the various vicissitudes along the way. Her companion Judith is no less winning. (Lord Parzifal, however, suffers from being a little too obsessed with ancient battles and weapons; he narrowly avoids becoming a big fat bore.)

Mathilda learns to adapt to her situations, sometimes with honesty, sometimes with guile, always with determination. She’s truly a heroine to admire.

Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

Dec 29, 2013

"Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them. " Kids' Books December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=716254

Dec 25, 2013

A very good book. I like that the characters set out to kill dragons, but ended up being friends with them. Definitely worth reading if you haven't read it, and re-reading if you have!

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Dec 24, 2014
  • ilovepiggy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

ilovepiggy thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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