Dragon and Thief
Dragon and Thief blends dragons and space opera in an exciting middle grade science fictional adventure. The dragon in the title is Draycos, a warrior-poet of an alien species called the K’da, who are able to shift from a three-dimensional being to a two-dimensional tattoo that attaches to your skin, moving around your body at will. The K’da are also a symbiont species, requiring a host to attach themselves to at least every six hours, or they fa ...more
Dragon and Thief is a short, scifi story based upon a really cool idea (If you – like me – think sentient, symbiotic aliens who live on your skin as tattoos, talk to you, and can turn into warrior-poet dragons is cool.), and I can see middle grade readers (the intended audience) really enjoying it. I even believe others (who might only know Timothy Zahn from his Star Wars Expanded Universe novels) will find this straightforward tale an entertaining adventure w ...more
This novel (which became a series) features two main characters:
Jack – a barely teenage thief and con artist who has to get by on his wit and ability to “read” those ar ...more
Regardless, I enjoyed the book. It starts a little slow, but the typical good writing of Zahn prevails, plus this has a fast, satisfying, better than you're usual Zahn ending.
There were two problems/objectives and only one of them resolves. It is ...more
Entertaining science fiction for young readers that harks back to the early days of SF, before we got all cynical and crude. Not that our fourteen-year-old protagonist isn’t a cynic, but that’s part of the fun. Thinking smarter you know everything at that age is such a burden, and a delight to those around you.
“It is interesting, is it not, that people so often turn out to be different than we expect.” “Don’t fool yourself, kiddo.” ...more
The nitty-gritty: A fun and fast start to a series with spaceships, dragons and plenty of action.
I do love when publishers decide to re-release older books in order to make them available to a new audience, and when I heard about Dragon and Thief, a book originally published in 2003, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never read Timothy Zahn before, and this seemed like a great opportunity. Dragon and Thief is the first in the Dragonback series, and I’m assuming if this d...more
The writing is fast-paced and perfectly crafted. Difficult to put down once you've started reading.
Fantastic story and I loved loved the characters so much! Draycos is an especially fascinating character. Every word he says is ...more
While Dragon and Thief is a fluffy, simple, and short young adult book, it has that very same charm: the two main characters travel across space, and with every po ...more
As it turns out, it's not fantasy, but space opera, but it's still quite a good one. Jack Morgan was raised by his crooked Uncle, who was a safe cracker and thief, but who died and left Jack a legacy of being framed for a crime he didn't commit. Trying to go straight, Jack and the AI of his Uncle that runs his small freighter stumble upon a fire fight... it turns out the K'da, a symb ...more
The story takes place in outer space with adventures, intrigue, suspense and space wars! Jack Morgan is the young orphan who has to use all the wits and experience he has gained in his young life to survive an interstellar frame-up. He witnesses a space fight and in the wreckage, he finds no survivors, he thinks. But he becomes the host for the only survivor, Draycos, a K' da warrior. The ...more
The tale begins with a whole lot of destruction and desolation, which almost just put me off and set the book aside. Combine this with the 14 year old age of the protagonist, and I had a bit of a struggle getting into this story. But once it got moving, it really drew me in.
It seems silly in a book like this, but ther ...more
In my opinion, the book slowed down once Jack got captured and after his "magic" demonstration. It also seemed to stretch belief that Jack could, by then, find himself in a position of galaxial (is that a word?) importance.
Sometimes, an author comes up with a simple but attractive idea that's so ingenious in its design, that I wonder why I haven't seen this idea before in other things.
In this case, it's the idea of a draconian alien of human intelligence and the capacity for mild deadpan snark that can convert itself into a tattoo on a host body and therefore turn from a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional object. A portable companion th ...more
The Dragonback series was the most fabulous start to any streak I have ever had.
What's really good about the Dragon ...more
Draycos' character and how he needs Jack to survive and the way the symbiosis works between the two, was fascinating. I loved the plot, barely left me a minute to catch my breath, but the intrigue didn't go overboard, ...more
I followed Robert Heinlein’s rules on ‘juveniles’ when I wrote it: no sex scenes, and as Robert used to say, a juvenile has young protagonists and you can put in more science and explanations of what’s going ...more
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|Play Book Tag: (Poll Ballot Tally) Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn - 3 stars||1||7||Apr 17, 2020 10:42AM|
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