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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Everyone in the Tiadun Keep is dragon-blind, even the priestesses. Darna pretends she can't see the realm's guardian dragon either – she already gets teased enough for her limp. She flees to the legendary city of Anamat, where some still see the dragons, or so the minstrels say.

On her journey, she meets Myril, an older scrappling girl with an eerie sense of hearing and fr
Paperback, First Edition, 320 pages
Published November 24th 2014 by Split Rock Books
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This story reads like a 3rd or 4th draft. It's almost there, but not quite finished.

The basics of the characters have been developed, but they still felt rather shallow. Like cardboard cut outs instead of real people. I could see the potential, but it wasn't fully explored.

The concept of children begging and scrapping for junk felt like a good fit with the story, but I really couldn't move past Iola's annoying personality. I kept seeing something like this every time she was begging in the marke
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The problem with this story is that nothing really happens. At first it comes off as a sort of quest narrative, but after Darna and her new friends reach Anamat, the story meanders around seemingly with no point. It eventually goes somewhere, but I began to get irritated with its lack of progress towards any kind of a climax or resolution at about the halfway mark. It didn't help that I absolutely despised one of the characters, Iola. That would have been fine if she were one of the unsavory cha ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Scrapplings could pass as an average middle-grade fantasy (with a strangely sordid background about ritual prostitution), but I suspect that even as a kid, the story would have failed to grab me. The world of Anamat is poorly sketched out and the characters one-note cutouts. As soon as each character is introduced, we immediately get a flashback explaining their entire life history until that point. It robs them of any chance to reveal secrets to each other--or to the reader--and strips them of ...more
Marsha Graham
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mythology, fantasy
Really a 4.5 star.

This one of those freebie kindle downloads I picked up not too long ago. I'm never sure when I pick one of these up whether it is going to be a rare find or something less. When the book is a clear winner I always make certain to put readers on notice. This fell into the rare find and clear winner categories.

It is a coming of age story which apparently is going to have other books after to help wrap up what happens to our various troops of friends. In that regard it is differen
Pauline Ross
I had the privilege of reading 'Scrapplings' in beta format, and thoroughly enjoyed the unusual world setting, the array of very memorable characters and the vivid descriptions of the surroundings. I loved the idea that only some people can see the dragons, and even though there's a whole religion devoted to them, the priestesses are just as dragon-blind as most of the population. Being the first of five parts, the plot builds slowly, but things draw to a dramatic conclusion. A good read for tho ...more
The Mysterious Reader
I love fantasy when it’s done in a way that’s both innovative and enjoyable. That’s certainly the case with Amelia Smith’s Scrapplings: Children of the Dragons, the first book in her Anamat series. Read the publisher’s blurb for all you really need to know about this story (without anything being spoiled). All that I will add is that Darna is an absolutely superb leading character, that Myril, Iola, Thorat and the rest of the supporting cast are perfectly crafted, and that the plot is well writt ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new series that's about dragons and those who see them.
Darna may or may not be the daughter of a prince. But she runs away before they can find out. On her way to Anamat she meets up with Myril, both of them can see dragons and Myril can read other peoples thoughts.
Upon their arrival in Anamat they meet up with Iola and her protector Throat.
The story takes us with them through their summer trying to save enough money (different size balls) for their future.
Iola says she will become a priestes
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most can't see but some can, but what do they really see?

This book is very interesting. Characters are younger than I was thinking they were from the first couple of chapters but if you enjoy a story of young kids finding their way in the world then this is a good read.

There are believers and non-believers, those that can see and those that can't. There are myths and rumours.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story,a bit different than usual. Darna dislikes where she is except for the dragons that not everyone can see. Even when she runs away to a different place it’s the same story. Received a free copy and reviewed because I enjoyed it.
D. Morgenstern
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviews
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for a fair review.

Good job book you have done the near-impossible; made me interested in a series.

This is a very character driven book, not the sort of thing you often see in high fantasy. If you’re expecting sword fights and overly powerful wizards—look elsewhere. Honestly the book is mostly concerned about crafting characters for likely a long-standing series and only just tipping the toes into an over-arching storyline. The finale
What if your world included dragons, but few could see them as they flew overhead, keeping watch? What if the children were considered to be like cast offs, to fend on their own, begging for scraps of food, coins, whatever they could get? Referred to as scrapplings, their existence is bleak and dangerous and so the journey begins...

Set in a unique and vividly detailed fantasy world, Amelia Smith’s Scrapplings begins with the journey of four children in search of people with special gifts that th
John Purvis
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Scrappings” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by Amelia Smith ( Ms. Smith has published three novels, “Scrappings” being the first of the five part “Anamat” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘G’. The story is a Young Adult Fantasy set in another time and place, the city of Anamat. The primary character is Darna who has fled her home and made her way to the city. She join
Dixie Conley
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know how much of the story I can explain without this review becoming completely incomprehensible. The world that the story is set in has a city where all the stray children go. There they beg and steal until they have enough money to become apprentices or, if female, are old enough to become priestesses. (There's some implications that the priestesses are sacred whores.)

The troubling thing about the story is the
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I read this book and it’s sequel “Priestess of the Dragon Temple” and I have to say it makes a lot more sense in the context of at least the first two books. I’m sure that the book will have even more of its questions answered once the series is complete (planned 5 books). My complaint with the first book though, is that very little was explained. Even just a few explanations of what a scrapplings are and WHY they go to the city would have been huge. Instead, the readers has to figure this out o ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young outcasts from neighboring villages travel to Anamat with big dreams and empty pockets. Some of these children manage to earn their keep, but most of them resort to begging and thieving. In time, a number of these scrapplings actually fulfill their aspirations, such as becoming a temple priestess or guild apprentice. Those that do not find a constructive position within Anamat society must leave.

Four of the scrapplings begin their Anamat adventures together: Dharna, a gimpy orphan who desir

Sandi Faulconbridge
I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review. I was really looking forward to this book. I love fantasy books and especially ones with dragons. The concept is great, Unfortunately I found it very disjointed and a difficult read. I gave up about two thirds of the way through. Even though the main characters are young teenagers I believe this book is aimed at a more adult reader.

A very few people can see and communicate with dragons, whilst the majority of the population are 'd
Brendan  Muller
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I didn't really like this at first it was really slow and a bit boring. But near the 50% mark is when it started getting interesting and i could read the rest of the book quickly.
Scrapplings is about runaways and children going to Anamat to join guilds and get apprenticeships. Darna the main character flees to Anamat to be with the dragons and wit
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scrapplings features plenty of tropes that will feel familiar to fans of fantasy, but their usage feels comfortable, homey even, rather than tired. Part of the reason for this is that Smith doesn’t rely on them for either her characterization or for worldbuilding. The characters are where the text really shines. I’ve always considered it a mark of good writing when you find yourself getting upset with or otherwise personally invested in a fictional character, and there are plenty of instances wh ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book. A little slow to start, but in my experience, I find the best ones are. This certainly holds its own against other young adult fantasies!

Darna is the bastard child of a prince with the gift of dragon sight. Working in the palace kitchens, she could only dream of saving up the beads to get away, and when she learns of her heritage she runs away in fear of having her dragon didn't stripped of her. In Anamat she had options for her future, though still limited by her lack
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I have always loved the fantasy genre (Tolkien/Eddings/Brooks etc) especially the creation of a new fantasy world. I loved the premise of the books: children otherwise known as scrapplings leaving behind the past and moving on to a new city where they can find their futures. I wish I had known more about the dragons that can only be seen by certain people but am sure there will be an answer in book two onwards. It is the kind of book (for me) that I need to sit down when I have time to finish in ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragons do not make themselves seen to everyone, but Darna can see them. When a priestess arrives and tells her she is the daughter of the Prince, she sets off for the city to avoid becoming a "prisoner" of the royal life. On the way she encounters others, some can see the dragons as well. Once in the city, Darna and her companions become scrapplings, young people who beg, trade and scrap to gain enough gold to purchase an apprenticeship in a guild or to become a priestess. This novel chronicles ...more
Kayla Tornello
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in a fantasy land protected by dragons. The main character, Darna, and her friends all set out from their homes to reach Anamat, the land's main city, in the hope of finding a new way of life. While there, they earn their way by begging or stealing. While trying to survive, they must determine what path their futures will take.

I enjoyed the setting of this story. Some of the story line feels a little rough around the edges and events can seem a bit disjointed or confusing. Howev
Manda Meow
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I found myself a bit confused as to the target audience for this book. The narrative is whimsical and youthful as one would expect from a young adult novel, but the subject matter bends more toward adult fantasy. The juxtaposition between the young age of the characters, the tone of the narrative, and the adult sexual matters was at times uncomfortable to read.

That being said, I did find myself somewhat engrossed in the storyline, if a bit confused by the moral compass of the world Smith has cr
Rita C
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Scrapplings . The writing was good and the story was interesting. The transitions to different characters' points of view were confusing sometimes, but it was pretty easy to get past that. Overall it was a good book, and I think most teenagers would probably like it. I'll be glad when the second one comes out.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

While I was interested enough to finish the book there were to many questions left unanswered. The temple life could have been a little more in-depth but all in all I was satisfied enough to recommend the story.
Clare Scanlan
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this. A totally different fantasy world. Love the dragonlets! Great writing, great story, great characters.
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“Darna squinted at it, then opened her eyes to the sky, hoping to glimpse the dragon.” 0 likes
“Tiada was all colors of the rainbow and of fire. She swooped low, churning the clouds in her wake, making a hard rain fall out over the bay. The dragon’s light warmed Darna, and though Tiada flew back behind the cloud cover, for a moment Darna felt that all was right with the world.” 0 likes
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