Dragonborn (Flaxfield Quartet #1)
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Dragonborn (The Flaxfield Quartet #1)

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When Flaxfield the great wizard dies, his apprentice Sam is left without a master. Sam has great power-but he doesn't know it yet. All he knows is that he needs a new master if he wants to finish his education in magic.

With his dragon Starback at his side, Sam sets out alone on his quest. But there are those who want Sam's power for themselves, dangerous forces who are wai
Paperback, 463 pages
Published 2011 by Walker Books Ltd
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my rating 2.8 stars

i will start off with an explanation of my rating. This book is aimed at junior primary children. I’m in senior school and the book confused the shiz out of me so much that... well... I got confused. The age rating on this book was stupid and so was the layout of events. That’s why it only got 2.8 stars.

get really comfy because after a while this book get quite interesting. unfortunatly my revew isn't lol

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I promised Megan I would write more wordy reviews! Anyway.

This book was sort of confusing. The way it was written, the flow - it all felt a bit more like a fanfic than an actual book, although there were parts that interested me. It was sort of disjointed throughout, and didn't really explore the characters as much as it could have. The plot twists were pretty predictable - and that kind of added to the "fanfic" feel, and I really am not sure how else to describe that - and people's conversation...more
This is a tough one to review. For at least the 1st half of the book I was confused. Characters asked questions, but other characters evaded answering or gave cryptic replies. The whole plot felt like that, too. Cryptic, confusing. . .I found it annoying for a while, but something compelled me to keep reading rather than give up. At some point, I realized that this was likely intentional. The world/culture created here seems to need people to seek and choose for themselves, and even though the m...more
Dragonborn takes patience. I still haven't decided whether it's an immature author's writing, attempting to mimc the artsy style so popular right now, or if it's pure genius. The first half of the book easily kept me frustrated and uninterested, however, though still frustrated, the further I got into the book-the more enticing this magical fantasy world became.

Disregard the title of the book as well, if you're counting on dragons throughout.

Forward has built an incredible fantasy world, but...more
First I was very exited about the book because: Dragons! but, it didn't hold up. Way too little about the dragon, too confusing (time jumps and changes of POVs without warning, talking about things that haven't been explained before and so on), too difficult to follow and so on. :(
I'm not saying the book was bad, I'm really not. It just was not for me. I couldn't get past page 120. Truly, I didn't want to give up on the book; I even tried twice to read it. But I just couldn't get invested in the character.
Firstly, I have to say that the strong point of that book is the way the author is describing the Magic. It is really endearing. I liked Sam's magical notebook where you could learn about his studies of magic, his point of view and the worl around him. Sam is a nice character.

Though, I really wasn't convinced by his journey. It just didn't work for me. At the end, I just felt like "This is it?!" Because, for me, nothing happened that mattered.
The author's style didn't convince me either.

Dragonborn begins with these words: Flaxfield died on a Friday… Flaxfield had been teaching Sam to become a wizard. Sam is halfway through his apprenticeship – he knows some magic but not enough. He is completely alone but for his dragon and best friend, Starback. Everything that is familiar disappears in an instant. Flaxfield’s past apprentices come back to the cottage to honor their master as the rules dictate – while there they question Sam and don’t believe he is an actual apprentice. They b...more
From May 2012 SLJ:
Gr 4�6�Sam is a wizard's apprentice whose master dies halfway through his education. When former students of the great man quickly arrive on the scene with their own agendas, they are not impressed with the 12-year-old's abilities, and he cannot imagine becoming an apprentice to one of them. His closest companion has been Starback, a small dragon that has followed him loyally, but when he makes his escape from Flaxfield's little home and the wizards who now occupy it, even Star...more
K.M. Carroll
I'm still trying to decide what I thought of this book. It's written in that sparse, minimalist style that's so popular right now, and there's no backstory given, EVER. It's like Valve storytelling in Half-life--you're just left to figure stuff out on your own.

The story itself is like if Lyra from The Dark Materials trilogy and Conn of the Magic Thief trilogy somehow got mixed into a crossover and had an adventure together. Complete with Lyra's magic church-school thingy. Those aspects of it wer...more
12-year-old Sam is halfway through his apprenticeship with the wizard Flaxfield when Flaxfield dies, leaving Sam adrift. Flaxfield’s previous apprentices distrust Sam and his claims, so Sam takes off with his dragon Starbuck, hoping to finish his apprenticeship with someone else. His travels lead him into a treacherous world, where some are trying to lead him astray or even kill him and take over his special power (of which he is unaware) for their own dark purposes. Seemingly abandoned by Starb...more
Sam is the apprentice to an elderly wizard whose unexpected death is followed by the descent of all his former apprentices on the cottage. Finding that the wizards are skeptical of his claim to be Fairfield's last apprentice, Sam runs away with his dragon to avoid being set to work in the mines. He meets strange creatures, stays at a wizard's academy, tangles with a witch who tries to kill him, and begins to find out that he is chosen for some purpose he does not yet understand.

This book was bi...more
Tesa Fiona
This book is confusing, more like frustrating somehow (SOME WISDOM: thou who art impatient, thou shall not read this book). But the good thing is, in some parts, I found delicate flowing narration; simple and subtle. As for me, the apprentice notes are my favorite; they are effortless yet mind-tickling.

I like how the author explored the emotion of a 12 years old boy. It feels so.. so 12 years old. However, it's bizarre that a 12 years old boy could make such a long journey (on foot) for a couple...more
Mar 12, 2012 Jen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
“Everyone knows that dragons bring luck; the trouble is, you never know whether it is going to be bad luck or good luck. And, the worst thing is, dragons have a way of bring people the luck they deserve” (pg 9).
Unfortunately for 12-year-old Sam, it seems like his luck from his dragon Starback is all bad. After all, the wizard he was apprenticing, Flaxfield, has died after only mentoring Sam for six years, leaving Sam half-trained. Now all the other wizards that apprenticed Flaxfield have come b...more
Sara Bennett
I picked up this book because I love dragon stories and all that, so this book looked interesting because it has a dragon on the cover. Judging a book by it's cover, I know, I know. However I was sadly disappointed as dragons weren't a major part at all! There was one dragon in the book and he wasn't in it a lot. And while a lot of the plot involved a dragon it barely showed the dragon and went into dragon-y stuff. Made me sad :( Also the writing was confusing, the author would tell or show us s...more
For a really simple summary, this book is about a 12 year old boy- an apprentice to a wizard that is already dead at the beginning of the book.
--My Opinion--
To be honest, this book seems more like a fictional chronology instead of the fantasy novel it's supposed to be.
The characters all have the same flat personality. I find the dialogue oddly flat and it rarely helps in anything descriptive.
The first time the antagonists (not even sure about that) were introduced, I had no clue who or what they...more
Sam is an apprentice to a wizard who dies. He is only 1/2 way through his training and feels lost. When a wizard pass away, his former students usually come to his funeral service. Sam is bombarded with strangers who he has never seen before and immediately dislikes them. They try to determine his fate and don't believe that Sam is an apprentice.

Sam runs away with his dragon, Starback. Everyone seems to be after Sam because the feel he has the great power of the wizard who passed away. Starbac...more
Reader Noir
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, since high fantasy isn't really my thing.
I notice many people complained about the vagueness of the book, but it didn't really bother me. I actually liked that there was a little mystery to what was going on. The writing here is really the biggest draw: simple and beautiful with a lot of subtle wisdom.
Paul Chon
The book Dragonborn by Toby Forward had pages where they explained things that would come in the book and those pages pulled me into the book. The explanations of what a thing was just let me understand more about everything in the book. For example,"SOME WELL KNOWN FACTS ABOUT MEMMONTS. Memmonts are of course, very tidy,or why would we say,"as tidy as a memmont"?
It's also very hard to hold onto a memmont.They only get here by accident, and are always trying to get back home, although they are...more
Andrew Marr
The first two parts are engaging but the last two parts fall off & are anti-climactic. The second part, at the wizard school has the most interesting characters along with the protagonist, but then they drop out of the book. Although nothing about the book suggests this is the first of a series, the book makes little sense & has little independent worth except to set up a series. I really don't like it when a publisher makes a book look like a standalone when it isn't. Maybe the series a...more
The book was some what hard to follow especially at the end. I love dragons and magic. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy younger audiences books and to people who like magic. I will try to read the second now because I hope it will be better.
Mohamed Doucore
I like the book Dragonborn because its has a lot of good action and some things that won't happen in our world.For example, on page 312, a Blue and Green dragon came out of Sam's mouth.Also,they have this place under ground call the Mines which messes up magic on page 34 and 35.One challenge is that there are differnt charecters and they really on one charecter and it confuses me about who's the main charecter Sam or Flaxfield or Starback.One charecter that intersted me is Starback.He intersting...more
Strange, secretive, and shimmering with mystery. Little is explained, nothing is certain - told more in hints, implications, guesses than action. Compelling and a little frustrating.
Children's fiction. Fun story about a young wizard. Well written, aimed at late elementary school age. A little confusing with the POV switching between sections.
This book just isn't doing it for me. I'm 3/4 of the way through and can't do it anymore. The storyline meanders and the reader is kept in the dark about so many things that at times it is hard to follow. This is the first book in a planned quartet, maybe the next books will improve. The book received good reviews and comparisons to Lloyd Alexander, but in my opinion it falls short.

Summary: The great wizard Flaxfield's death leaves his twelve-year-old apprentice Sam half-trained, but when other...more
A story obviously intended for children but well written to appeal to all ages. At some point we all have to find our purpose in life and the hero of this story is no different though he seems quite unaware of how vital he is to the world he inhabits.
I am kind of scratching my head on this one. It has a good cover and a good quest tale. However, it is at times almost a little esoteric. I couldn’t help but wonder if it might be a little too out there or slow to keep kids attention. In the end it is a good story, classic fantasy themes of good and evil, power corrupts, orphan turned hero etc. Good for strong fantasy readers 4-6th grade. Note the evil forces are really evil, AND pretty scary AND sometimes gruesome. They made my skin crawl which...more
I give the story line a 4 star, but the writing a 2 star. I have to agree with others that the book throughout was confusing and found myself back tracking, re-reading and still not always following what was happening. There are conversations that take place that are difficult to follow. I understand leaving mystery for the reader, but this failed and just caused confusion. I'm hoping the next book is edited better. Even with the confusion, I am very excited and still want to read the series.
This story is great for kids too young for Eragon, but who love fantasy. I love how the wizard teaches the boy about magic in an unstructured, un-school-ing way. I love how the boy and the dragon have a very close friendship. The boy was an very active, curious, likable hero, and the karma-like magic was intriging.

But the middle was slow and the end anti-climatic, just there to lead up to a sequel. I wish the wizards who are searching for the boy were more integrated into the story. So i guess,...more
This is another book that I loved the concept, but the telling of it was lacking. For the majority of this book I was confused and I never actually found the clarity I was seeking. There were parts of this book that were well written and I really enjoyed them. But the majority of the book made me think, "What is going on and why?" I wish that this book was written more clearly because I would love to keep on reading the series, but as it stands I don't know if I can endure being confused during...more
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“Flaxfield died on a Friday which was a shame, because he always ate a trout for dinner on Friday, and it was his favourite.” 1 likes
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