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Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew--with only a healer's daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Dark Horse Books
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Heidi The Hippie Librarian
Beautiful panels illustrate a middling fantasy tale about the last dragon, a healer's daughter, and a hero who is not a hero. I wanted to like The Last Dragon more than I did because the art is so beautiful, but the story is very simplistic.

The best part of this graphic novel is the opening sequence. Here's a pretty bit about the dragon: His color was a dull red. Not the red of hollyberry or the red of the flowering trillium, but the red of a man's life-blood spilled out upon the sand. His eyes
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Tatiana
May 23, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it
An offering from Netgalley (a little hard to appreciate a graphic novel on a laptop, even worse on an e-reader).

The Last Dragon is a brief, only about 150 pages, beautifully illustrated fantasy story.

Dragons have been considered extinct for centuries in the land of May. Suddenly, a dragon appears near a seaside village and starts preying on its cattle and people. Only the village's strange healer maiden and a "hero" who is better at running his mouth than being a hero can defeat the dangerous c
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Chris
Dec 15, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
This isn’t your daddy’s dragon slayer story.

Just so you know. I think it is best to be up front about these things, don’t you?

Yolen’s tale concerns a town in fantasy England that finds itself under siege from a dragon, after all the dragons are supposed to be dead and gone.

Nasty things, hidden eggs. Sometimes they go bad and stink up the house; other times out pops a dragon.

The dragon slayer in this story meets all the criteria of a hero, but he isn’t the only one. The focus of the story is
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Jamie
Mar 18, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fairy tale-esque. This is something you expect to start with Once Upon a Time. It has the same feel. But it isn't that story.

This story takes place years after mankind thought dragons to be extinct. Surprise! There is one left and is reeking havoc and death on a local village. After losing her father (the towns healer) to the dragon, young Tansy feels responsible and will do her best to stop the beast but cannot do it alone. The village has a short period of time to find a hero before the d
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Kellee
Jul 01, 2011 Kellee rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kellee by: Provided by NetGalley for review
Jane Yolen weaves a beautiful retelling of the hero's journey where the hero is a liar and his mentor is *gasp* a girl. Yolen's story is accompanied by amazing artwork that at times is so delicate that it resembles traditional Japanese painting.

There a couple things that I specifically liked about this graphic novel-
1st, I loved the personification that Yolen used to describe the dragon and its surroundings at the beginning of the book: "dragons slept by the ocean's edge, in the green shade of
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K
Mar 21, 2013 K rated it liked it
There's nothing precisely wrong with The Last Dragon, there's just not anything astonishing about it either.

Yolen's writing is fairytale-esque, which works well with the tone and narrative structure of the book. However, said style of writing tends towards dryness, and I think the story would've been better served as a storybook with illustrations rather than a graphic novel (on a similar note, Guay's art tends to be static, and the paneling was clunky and awkward in places). The story itself w
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Kathryn
If I were rating Yolen's story alone, I would be comfortable with 3 stars. Yet Rebecca Guay's art is breathtaking, some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen regardless of the medium or the fact that I read this on my laptop. I could not help but stare at each page and become lost in the flow and beauty, the faces of the people, the lush landscapes, the minute details, or any of the fantasy elements that would have made this my favorite book when I was a young girl. The story was good, ...more
First Second Books
Rebecca Guay brings life and magic to this graphic novel about a feudal village whose belief that all the dragons are gone turns out not to be 100% accurate. Also there is a magically-beautiful young man who turns out not to be evil, but noble and self-sacrificing, which more magically-beautiful young men should be as a rule.
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Mar 03, 2016 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it really liked it
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The Last Dragon is a beautifully presented treatment of a self-contained story by Jane Yolen. The art is quite lovely and much more full color art than illustrative quality. The lush visuals work well with intriguing storytelling to create a memorable read.

Story: After generations of peace in a small village, a dragon has reappeared and is stealing people for food. Healer and youngest daughter in her family, Tansy loses
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Jessica
Jul 26, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
The Last Dragon could have been drawn from the pages of Grimm's Fairy Tales. To focus first on the illustrations, Rebecca Guay has earned her rightful place in my hall of amazing fantasy artists. Her illustrations are delicate, intricate, and flowing. It is impossible not to notice them as you read. I loved how they seemed to move and writhe on the page, and I can't deny that I fell in love from the very first panel. If I had to choose my favorite part of this graphic novel, it would absolutely ...more
Bill Tillman
The Last Dragon is a graphic novel from Dark Horse. It is a tale of an island village near to the birthplace hundreds and hundreds of years after a dragon has been seen. The village healer is an herbalist with three daughters. Rosemary, Sage and Tansy each has a different talent or asset, Tansy is a healer like her father and when she discovers'Dragons Bane' things begin to get interesting.

The Healer disappears, but we know that the dragon has used him for a snack. Not until a village fisherman
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Auggie
Mar 23, 2016 Auggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I got a lovely ARC copy from Edelweiss, with pictures only. Absolutely no text after the introduction by Mr. Gaiman.

I thought this was how it was meant to be so I read through and made up my own story based on the pictures (thinking that this is exactly what the reader was meant to do). It was actually a really fantastic story in my mind and I was impressed because I'd never read a wordless graphic novel before.

It seems, though, that my particular copy was just glitchy because after reading se
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Melanti
Mar 10, 2017 Melanti rated it liked it
About a quarter of the way through, I realized that this is based off of a short story I've read - "Dragonfield". I generally prefer the prose versions in cases like this, but the artwork is lovely and at least I wasn't constantly re-writing it in my head to turn it into prose. Not sure if that's a comment on the quality of this version or of Yolen's typical writing style, or just a comment on how quickly I flew through the original story when I read it a few years ago.

You know what we need more
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Indigo Hannon-Moonstone
Aug 23, 2014 Indigo Hannon-Moonstone rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents with kids between 5-12, People who like Rebecca Guay's art, People with Eyes
OVERALL:
Story: 5/10
Art: 10/10
Pacing: 4.5/10
Characters: 5/10

So I see some previews on the interwebs a while back about a comic...Sorry "Graphic novel" about dragons written by Jane Yolen. So of course being to person i am i get super excited, anyone who hears that and doesn't clearly doesn't have a soul (Or hates dragons, but that's a different issue). To which my first question ends up being "Whose the artist", So I look it up, And much to my almost fainting it's Rebecca Guay. The same Rebecca G
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Kathleen
Jul 30, 2011 Kathleen rated it liked it
I've been a big fan of Rebecca Guay's talent ever since I devoured her artwork in Goddesses many years ago. The illustrations in this graphic novel do not disappoint. Lush, imaginative, beautifully-rendered faces and bodies, and a dragon that is terrifying and yet graceful in the air. I was able to view this ARC on my wide-screen computer monitor and loved all the intricate details.

Jane Yolen's story is a fairy-tale flavored one: a dragon hatches and begins to terrorize a small village, carryin
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Andrea
The Last Dragon was breathtaking in its illustrations. I loved the soft and flowing illustrations that were vibrant and beautiful. There were several pages that (if I had a hard copy rather than electronic copy) I would love to hang and frame on the wall. (I also would love to try to make a costume like the one worn by Tansy - the main character - throughout most of the story.) It was the illustrations that kept me captivated in this story - rather than the story itself. The plot was simple; the ...more
Sara
I picked up this graphic novel the other day and started idly thumbing through it. The art was so gorgeous that was totally spellbound, and ended up having to sit down and read the whole thing that day! It's that beautiful.

This is in some ways, a very classic story. A dragon awakens (centuries after the last dragon was thought to be dead) and begins threatening a medieval island community. The village healer realizes what's going on before anyone else, and she becomes the heroine of the story.
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Last Dragon is really short, which is good on some levels, but also unfortunate, because I feel like this could have been a really awesome story in novel format or in a longer graphic novel. There really just are not enough pages to establish character or even do justice to the overall plot. Still, the art is beautiful and I enjoyed some of the elements of this tale.

For example, I really like Tansy. She's smart and unique, and, while she needs a hero, she only needs his aid not a whole rescu
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Jennifer
Dec 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I actually bought this book as a potential gift and read it, to avoid the temptation of keeping it for myself. The illustrations are moving and beyond beautifully rendered. Having never read a graphic novel before, I didn't know what to expect beyond a slightly advanced comic. I was more than satisfied by Yolen's storytelling. The lines and color pull you in and make you feel as though you can smell the salty seas, taste dragon ash on the air and fly with the unexpected hero. A worthy addition t ...more
Tina
Jun 08, 2016 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A weak 3? The art is astounding, I'd love to get prints of every other page and hang them on the wall. That is how beautiful the art is, well you can hear a "but" coming can't you? BUT it's a very classic "you know exactly how this is going to end"-story of a hero, pretty girl, dragon and romance. Seeing the good ratings this graphic novel had I was totally expecting a fresh spin on the classic dragon-killing tale. But nope. So 2 stars for the story and 5 for the art, guess 3 is a good middle gr ...more
Mary
Nov 08, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
What a perfect little (very little!) book - realistic and compelling characters, a simple but unconventional tale, and exquisitely beautiful artwork. If you're looking for complexity as an adult you won't find that, but if you're looking for a feel good story that just fits together seamlessly then this is a fantasy lovers treat!
Adi Elkin
Nov 25, 2016 Adi Elkin rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I encountered it at the library and had to take it with me though I never heard of it before.
It's a fairy tale, nothing more, nothing less. The art is full of atmosphere, but quality varies: some panels are outstanding while others look as they were done in a haste. All in all, it's a good surprise and I will keep the artist's name in mind.
Mith
The small town of Meddlesome finds itself under attack by a dragon. It's up to the daughter of a healer and a kite-flier trying to pass off as a hero, to save the day. A simple, charming tale accompanied by some spectacular illustrations.
Miss Clark
2.5 stars

Decent story, art was all over the place and wildly inconsistent.

Kara
Jan 05, 2017 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-fiction
Preface to my review: I LOVE any story involving dragons! So, my review may be skewed because of this obsession!
I enjoyed this story. It is something akin to a medieval fairytale (if there is such a thing!) mashup, but it's simple and straightforward with beautiful artwork.
The dragon is evil and greedy and wants to kill. The townspeople of Meddlesome are quiet, simple folk unused to disturbance or interruption from daily routines, very much like the townspeople in Beauty and the Beast (the fil
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Jo
I gave this one a try because I do tend to like Jane Yolen, but my overall impression is just "Meh." Don't get me wrong, the artwork was beautiful. I just didn't really feel squishy about any of the characters, and I was rather disappointed with the ending. (view spoiler) Perhaps I would appreciate this ...more
Becky B
Everyone thought dragons were extinct, but an ancient tree held one last egg. When the dragon hatches, no one knows of it's existence for quite a while. First an herbalist goes missing, then a baby, then some animals, and finally a man of the town spots the dreadful creature. The island town starts to take measures to protect themselves but realizes what they really need is a dragon slayer. They send three tween lads to the mainland to find them a hero. Meanwhile, the herbalist's youngest daught ...more
An Odd1
Mar 21, 2017 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fan
Medieval-type swirly dresses on girls plus spooky scary dragon equals wonderful art. Original story nearly missing only little bits. Youngest girl Tansy loses neck crescent moon tattoo like healer dad, a while in middle of tale. Seems sudden how she and hero-exterior Lancot fall in love whilemaking kite (view spoiler).
Leslie
The dragon may be the last of its kind, but The Last Dragon is not—however its kind might be classified. Is it a long comic? Is it a picture book? Illustrated tale? Curious. I expected The Last Dragon to be good, and it was—just not in the ways I thought it would be;* which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The Last Dragon is referred to as a graphic novel when picture book would be closer to the truth—even then, I’m not sure that is right. There are panels, small bursts of text framed out within pa
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Justin
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I can't write a review on this graphic novel until I exorcise my excitement over another anything titled The Last Dragon. This is because The Last Dragon (1985) is one of my favorite movies of all time bar none. In the film, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and an rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music producer. It's a
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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