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She Dreamed of Dragons

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Trina is more likely to set the palace on fire with her powers than be a princess – could a dragon mage be the next ruler of the magical kingdom of Dorlith?

Trina is a fifteen-year-old dragon mage in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards – the same people who have brought dragons and other magical creatures near extinction. Trina can barely control her fire powers and is d
Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 17th 2015 by Mirror World Publishing (first published August 29th 2014)
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3.5 stars.

Originally posted on Once Upon A Dream Books

*Received a copy for an honest review.*

Upon receiving the request to read and review this book, I was immediately captured by the word 'Dragon.'

She Dreamed of Dragons followed Trina, a rare dragon mage, in a time where mages were distrusted and looked down upon. All she wanted was to find a master to teach her to control her magic, but her cousin had something else in mind. With the king under a magical curse, the queen decided to hold co
Philip Gosney
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book ever.

I love all things dragon, but this book had an amazing storyline, plot twist, and was written in an amazing way and was easy to understand.
Patrick Firth
A couple of grains of salt before carrying on with this review (also maybe an indirect Spoiler Warning):

-I do not often read YA fantasy novels, but have been known to
-My “three stars” rating for this book is meant to show that I think the author is on track, but has not blown me away (4 stars), or has ranked up with my favourite books (5 stars)
-My review is of course subjective, but also comes from years of book-nerdiness and some training on fiction writing
-I am not a book critic! But I can be
Amanda Miller /A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction
For the most part, it was exactly what I expected. Although it is classified as YA (I'm assuming because the age of the characters) it reads more like a middle grade fantasy. It is clean--no foul language and aside from a couple of kisses and the singular use of the term 'make out', I feel it is appropriate for a younger audience--I'd let my 10 year-old read it where most YA books would have to wait until she's older. I'd say this one is a great way to introduce kids to fantasy books and would r ...more
Marlene Moss
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
She Dreamed of Dragons is a fun fantasy that fans of Harry Potter would enjoy. Although billed as YA, I think this fits better as MG and my rating is based on an MG classification, otherwise would have been a bit lower. In Ms. Walker’s beautifully imagined world, mages and witches don’t get along. The witches harbor the secrets to their magic carefully and blame mages for turning their king into a spider. Mages, along with fairies, pixies, and other creatures are pretty sure witches eat puppies ...more
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My Thoughts

She Dreamed of Dragons is a young adult book, although I think it would be better in the middle grade market, that creates a lovely new world of witches and mages. I liked the tension between the wiches and the mags because it added to the history behind them. Because they were in a constant feud, we actually learned a lot more about each of the races. There are all different kinds of mages, and one of the rarest o
Tonja Drecker
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I know this is marked as a young adult book, but in my opinion, it's a solid middle grade novel, and I'm going to review it as such.

This reminded me a bit of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani. Trina is a dragon mage, something which is very rare, and she's a powerful one at that. But as a dragon mage, she doesn't fit in at the school of mages. But then the school of mages itself is an outcast in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards. Not much time was spent on the School o
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throne of Glass meets Harry Potter.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was impressed by what the author managed to accomplish in this book—to take the best elements of both the “competition for a title” and “school of magic” subgenres of fantasy, and forge them into a very good story. Trina, the protagonist, is a reluctant hero—she only enters the competition to become heir to the throne so that she can find a mage to become apprenticed to, in order to develop her own magic
Emily Andrus
3.5 stars

Walker did a great job with this book in that she captured the dislike between two disgruntled races (wizards and mages), created an altruistic and brave heroine, added a touch of romance, and created an exciting plot. I enjoyed it. However, it did feel a bit lacking in some areas. In terms of character development, I felt that Trina was a little bit too altruistic and innocent, in that it came off a tad unbelievable. Especially for her age Also, I never really felt that the villain in
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While the cover is a bit misleading, the guts of this book there is no match for! The old saying dont judge a book by its cover must have been for this book! I normally do not read YA Books, but this one is written so that it just drags you in kicking and screaming. Then keeps you hooked as the mail young lady breaks all the rules.

This book takes you on a soul searching ride for one young lady that is so amazing! You start your scheduled book stop with this author and you will not regret it! Th
Giulietta Spudich
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun read, full of inventive ideas and humour. The story begins with Trina, a down-to-earth girl who happens to be a dragon mage in a world where dragon mages are rare. Lacking a teacher, she enters a competition in hopes to find one. The competition involves princess-training, something Trina hadn't exactly bargained for. Part of this reminded me of The Princess Diaries, and parts Harry Potter. A light-hearted and enjoyable read.
Cashew Nut
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
She dreamed of dragons is a well written and well developped YA fantasy book. I loved the world, the characters, their personalities and the witty dialogue. The story had a couple good twists that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed reading this one. My only complaint is that I want to know what happened in the mountains!
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Elizabeth J. M. Walker has always loved books and writing. She is the author of the Young Adult books She Dreamed of Dragons, This Night Sucks, Slip Jig Summer, and The Boy Who Owned the Forest.