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The Saint of Dragons
Jason Hightman
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The Saint of Dragons (Simon St George #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  884 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
You've been taught to believe they are dead. Figments of an ancient imagination. But one lonely schoolboy at the Lighthouse School for Boys, who has never known his family, and who has never known adventure, is about to have a rude awakening. Dragons are real. And they have ... evolved. Two descendants remain of the legendary St. George. One is just a teenager. And only th ...more
Published (first published September 1st 2004)
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Heather Ohana
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The story idea is excellent: Dragons are still among us but they've evolved and a secret group of knights is destined to rid the world of their evil. The writing really got in the way of my enjoyment though. There were some good moments between Aldric and Simon as they learn how to be family, and I could tell the author spent a lot of time on those. The rest felt largely unedited. Action sequences didn't flow. Transitions were weak. Alaythia's ch ...more
Shazza Maddog
Simon is a boy living in a boarding school, with no idea of who his parents are. He has lived at the school as long as he can remember, helping to take care of the lighthouse on the promontory, and living with the lighthouse keeper and his wife. He has few friends, and feels very much the outcast. His story begins with a trip to town during October, to choose a mask and outfit for the Halloween parade. He buys a mask representing a knight’s helmet, as well as a little tin figure of a knight on h ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, reviewed, own
Author: Jason Hightman
Pages: 364(Paperback)
Rating: 4/5

“Another dragon book,” you grumble. I nod and grin, “of course!”

Thursdays always catch me unawares so this book will again be aimed at a younger audience but I recommend it to everyone with a love of fantasy. Highly. What, you don’t believe in dragons? By the time you finish this book, trust me you will. And since I love the synopsis too much to make up my own, read on:

You’ve been taught to believe they are dead. Fi
Lauren RM
Not gonna lie, I have a particular soft spot for dragons. I thought this was going to take me most of a week, but the only reason it took me two days is that I started reading it too late at night and had to go to sleep under pain of not waking up on time in the morning. Simon (the main character) is hilariously thick-brained and frustratingly short-sighted, and his fellow characters are shallow yet human. The dragons are brilliantly described - just enough to get your imagination started, and l ...more
Anthony Bonventre
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my birthday from my cousin and he is one of the smartest people I know so when I got the book I was expecting it to be at least decent. It starts of introducing the main character Simon who's been orphaned and lives in a light house but soon his dragon hunting dad needs his help because his comrades died in the battle with the second last to dragon. Now Simon was not happy about this but his dad kidnapped him and set off for the dragon. Now right about here the book gets goo ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it, because I don't like being negative, but really, this book is one of the most poorly-written books I've ever read. A lot of the ideas in it were really interesting, but it was so disastrously executed that all those ideas went completely to waste. To say the characters were two-dimensional wouldn't do justice to how terrible they were. They weren't even flat--it was more like they didn't even exist at all. I can barely even describe them to you, because they were so utterly un- ...more
I'm always on the lookout for something different for my Chatterbooks group. I also love dragon stories. So when this was in the library book sale, I thought I'd check it out.
I won't be using it with my group. For a children's book, it is very dark and quite gruesome. Not for the faint hearted.
I normally prefer books where dragons are not the villains, but I know these are the exception rather than the rule, so I don't let my affinity for the cute ones colour my reading of the more standard tale
Lindsey Weightman
I really liked this book since I adore fantasy and dragons. This book is full of adventure and you can not stop reading. There is almost no point in the book where nothing is happening. There are many surprises in the book that was fascinating for me. But one surprise I found was not a good one. The surprise for the knights that was not good, lets just say the dragons had a queen that was banished into darkness a long time ago,they figured out how to revive her. Read this book to find out what ...more
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea that dragons have changed over the years and that people are still out there fighting them was an interesting idea. The story delivers some enjoyable twists and turns, but the writing was mediocre.
Brian O'Leary
father and son, the last two left who kill dragons, a good idea, but too plain
Adi Carlisle
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite books as a kid, I'm 22 now and I'd still read it.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very good book for young adults
Adam Gulledge
The lore was interesting, as was the premise, but the prose and characters let it down.
John Pristina801
In this book you are taken through the story of the St. George's. They are a group of undercover knights that protect the world from dragons. The main plot of this story is that over thousands of years dragons have evolved into dragon-people. They still have fire breath and magic but this book puts a whole new interesting twist to it. Dragons use their magic to disguise themselves as people. When they walk around, they wear long trench coats but to humans are only see as tall men or women. In t ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Simon St. George has been raised by his school, but learns he is the last of a long line of St. Georges, whose mission is to wipe Dragons from the face of the earth. He's not sure what to make of his father, a man completely dedicated to exterminating the beasts, or himself and his own role in this hunt. His father is not what he had expected, nor anything he had hoped. But the world is in danger, and Simon, his father, and a woman they rescue are the only ones standing between the Dragons and t ...more
Justin Bremer
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The grown-up, Tolkien-versed part of me wants to give this book a 3/5. Characters were a bit simple, and their relationships even more so. A lot of now-familiar tropes were used, though used quite well. Overall, a nice, quick little reading "snack." The story had a few nice little surprises, though I felt that some of them could have been played out longer for more tension.

The adventure-loving child part of me would totally not hesitate to give this a 5/5! An amazing bestiary, sinister villains,
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read about half of it. The peculiarities of this narrative were adequately explained (to my mind) by the author info on the back flap - Mr. Hightman "is a writer and film-maker." The book reads like a feature film.

This is not a good thing. Superficial (and frankly stereotypical) characterization works fine in feature films, but not in novels. Improbable coincidences and characters' lapses of judgment are easy to overlook in films, at least while it's actually playing. It's not uncommon or unli
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
The idea of dragon evolution shrinking them down to human height to better hide and live among us without most humans ever getting wise to it is a novel and appealing idea. The dragons in Jason Hichtman's book are evil, so naturally there are humans who did wise up. These are the dragon-hunters, most famous among them are the descendants of Saint George, which I thought was a nice touch. Only Aldrick Saint-George and his son Simon are left. Just when they think there job is finally complete they ...more
Ty Payne
Any reader which enjoys the fantasy genre could develop a soft spot for this particular work. It is everything that a fantasy work based in modern times could hope for. An intriguing plot with intriguing characters and intriguing dragons. But there is one critical error that causes the piece to stumble - the pacing.
There is nothing offered anew, but there also is something very original with the plot line. The modern day dragons working as vengeful protagonist no different than modern day thugs
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragons are real. They are evil. They can't be trusted.

That pretty much sums up the storyline, which proposes to be the continuance of an age-old saga, as the descendants of the legendary St George the Dragonslayer do battle with the relentless Wyrms of the air.

It was a great idea. The story syllabus introduced us to the boy Simon who has never known a family or his history, and is suddenly thrust into the maw of the dragon, so to speak. Unfortunately, the main adult character, Simon's father,
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really cool. It takes place in an alternate universe where dragons are real. What I liked most about this book is that it is realistic. It keeps all the traditional things dragons do but shows how they evolved (the dragons in this book are human size, shaped, ect. and use magic to make beleive they are humans) that way the book is more realistic. Another thing that makes it realistic is that it takes history and shows how all the bad parts (wars, famines, ect.) were actually caused ...more
Aug 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Alex
The blurb inside the cover offers an interesting premise: the descendants of St. George have continued to hunt dragons throughout the ages. Simon St. George thinks that he has been abandoned at boarding school until his father whisks him away in search of the last dragon, which has evolved to a smaller size in order to live among humans. There is much action and adventure, but unfortunately the characters of Simon, his father Alaric, and their human companion Alaythia never seem much like real p ...more
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this in my language arts class and I had my suspicions since the book is a fantasy, which is not my kind of genre. After reading this book though I do realize that there is such thing as a good fantasy! Jason Hightman had wonderful detail in this book and there wasn't a dull part in the story. I am definitely going to read the second book and I hope it is as wonderful as the first one. The reason why I loved this book is that each person (and dragon) actually had emotion which is w ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jason-hightman
Really good. Had a very good moral, was intense in some places (but not too much), easy couple hour read, and .... my favorite, it was clean of language and there was no immorality. I think it would be a fun book to read aloud to just about anyone. I started reading it to my mom, and now she is reading it aloud to my younger siblings. It is easy to relate to and is not extreme in the subjects presented(the magic is not dark or fanatical). I would highly recommend this book. Even though I am not ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
Simon St. George has never known his parents, living at a rich boarding school for boys. One Halloween night two men appear, one claiming to be his father. One is large and odd looking, the other looks homeless. The homeless one kidaps Simon, claiming to want to protect him. Simon is about to find out his heritage. His father is the last of an order of Knights dedicated to killing dragons. They are not the huge creatures of legend, although they are as evil as ever. Now Simon must join his fathe ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Oddly enough I remember more about this book than I do about books I actually rate higer. Even though it has been a couple of years. So there's good dragons and bad dragons. And our hero tries to help the good ones. I tend not to like books that don't have good characterization of the humans, and that was the case here, I think.
My school's mascot is the dragon, so I tend to buy books with dragons as characters. Well, they all can't be Eragon, I guess.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Over all the book was good, I liked the father son relationship, how the author explained how the dragons looked and what was different about each of the dragons, and the big twist in the end. But in some parts it takes a long time to get to the point, or for them to get to the next places they have too.
I haven't rated this because I couldn't get into it. The writing seemed very tell don't show, rather than the accepted reverse. The character of Simon was uninteresting and although I normally like reading YA books (even middle school books) this one felt like it was talking down to me and I felt too old to be bothered
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, 2014-june
I don't know why, but this book just didn't do it for me. I just couldn't connect to it, even though I thought that the dragons were brilliant and I did vaguely like the characters. But, Simon just was all thumbs for most of the book and I don't know, I just don't like the bumbling apprentice archetype.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing plot and vivid descriptions. I'll never forget the evil dragon whose laugh sounded like someone calling a cat "Ere, ticky ticky ticky..." I also loved the realistic difficulty Simon experienced as he learned to fire a crossbow in an up-close battle situation. The characters could be a little more developed, but overall a very enjoyable read.
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Jason Hightman also writes as J. P. Hightman

Jason Hightman lives in California with his wife, Kim, and young daughter, Hannah, who has the magical ability to make anyone laugh even on their dreariest days. After studying dragon hunting and alchemy at the University of Southern California, Hightman has spent the last few years doing battle with the serpents in Los Angeles, who use automobiles to cl
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“The Venetian seemed to have a thing for gems and trinkets. Simon wondered if these items had been taken from victims.
Aldric caught some of the gems as they fell, and pocketed them.
You're just going to take those?" asked Simon, incredulous.
How do you think i got you into that school of yours?" answered Aldric, catching another windfall. "Spoils of war.”
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