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The Summer Dragon

(The Evertide #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,136 ratings  ·  339 reviews
The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator—a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.

Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by DAW
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Sarah Louise One of the things I loved most about this book is that the romance was so minimal. Ultimately, being a story about a teenage girl, the thought crosses…moreOne of the things I loved most about this book is that the romance was so minimal. Ultimately, being a story about a teenage girl, the thought crosses her mind but is never at the forefront of her thoughts or decision making. It's more a discovery of 'self' for her.(less)

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Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This exciting and emotionally riveting story was such a pleasure to read. The characterizations are excellent and the writing has a lovely cinematic feel. The fabulous interior artwork is just an added bonus.

I was expecting a standard epic fantasy, but this had a more personal feel, exploring themes of identity within the complex matrix of family dynamics. In this respect, The Summer Dragon is somewhat reminiscent of books like The Scorpio Races and Updraft. The main character's "journey" takes
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Summer Dragon.
Really? You need more than the title?
*subtracts 1 point from your fantasy street cred.

Dragons are auto-reads. Pfft. Everyone knows that.

I do find it hard to believe that you did not see that cover illustration.


Tough crowd….Fine.

Maia wants a dragon qit badly. She has wanted one ever since she could remember. She has high hopes for one as well, seeing as her family are of the few who own an aerie where dragons are raised for a living. They don’t really own the aerie though. I
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Todd Lockwood is one talented guy. Not only is he a professional illustrator and a painter of beautiful dragons, with his art gracing a number of science fiction and fantasy covers, apparently he’s one hell of an author too. For years I’ve been an admirer of his work as an artist, so when it was announced that DAW was going to be publishing his debut novel my interest was immediately piqued, especially when I found out tha
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maia is the young daughter of a dragon-breeding family in an aerie far from the capitol of the Empire that her family provides dragons to. The Empire uses the dragons that this and other aeries produce in their war effort against a powerful supernatural invading force that uses undead Horrors as shock troops.

Maia's future falls under a shadow when she and her brother witness a powerful omen in the form of an appearance of Getig, the Summer Dragon. This once-in-a-generation sighting puts her at t
Scott  Hitchcock
A good simple straight forward fantasy story. I will definitely let my tween daughter read this one. The most interesting part of the story for me was the description of flying the dragons since I've got a lot of experience skydiving and also have hang gliding and pilot hours. The rush of tucking and driving or the grace of gently gliding, catching thermals and other sensations were enjoyably written.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Illustrator Todd Lockwood has decided to jump into the story-telling business with this debut novel featuring the one thing he’ll never fail to draw magnificently: dragons. Known for his artistic talent and his artwork in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series, The Summer Dragon is his first venture in the fantasy world. This novel is marketed as a a high fantasy novel with dragons and deadly politics but I’d rectify that and say it felt a lot more li
You know, I have serious issues with the way many authors handle teenage characters and their relationships with the adults surrounding them. I find it especially bad with teen girl protagonists, so when I saw this had a teen girl as a protagonist, then I found out it was first person narrative... lets just say I wasn't too excited.
It seems I had a good reason for it.

Maia's family lives out in the mountains in their little village, being the local dragon breeder clan, providing animals for the
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader: Review:

The Summer Dragon is a wonderful tale full of dragons and mystery. The author, Todd Lockwood, is an established illustrator, and it shows with all of the wonderful illustrations included through out the book. Not to mention the absolutely gorgeous cover. I was immediately quite taken with the protagonist, Maia. She is a determined young woman, set on getting a dragon of her own. Her family runs a dragonry, so she has b
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
A wonderful coming of age fantasy, with dragons.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Odustajem nakon 2/3 knjige. Jednostavno mi nije jasno što je pisac želio da se događa u ovoj knjizi. Ok, zmajevi su tu, veliki i mali, pa zatim oni legendarni poput iz naslova 'Summer dragon' koji, kao nagovješćuje velike promjene u svijetu, cikluse uništenja civilizacija, tu su stare ruševine s prikazima elemenata drevnih religija, i sve to divno zvuči ali kao da pisac ne zna 'zapapriti' stvar i zapanjiti čitatelja s nekim 'Suprise, bitch!' iznanađenjem.
David Stewart
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, owned
Why do I love dragons? Is it their impossibility? Even with hollow bones, something that large carousing through the air with nothing but muscle power is pretty unbelievable. Is it their ferocity? I do also love bears and sharks (at a distance). Is it their mythical nature? I tend to be drawn towards those creatures too strange to exist in our world: the phoenix, flying whales, giant wolves who swing swords around in their mouths. You know - that nonsense. 

But dragons are special even among the
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Pretty sure this is meant as young adult fare; and if not, it should be marketed as such. A promising start with a fantasy world full of genuine history and a truly striking plot corrodes into a torpid and honestly, quite boring, meandering affair. Seriously, how can you fuck up such a great premise?

I love your artwork, Mr. Lockwood, being a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan from the 80's, but I will be avoiding your novels from now on.
Jessica Strider
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Pros: great characters, interesting plot, immersive storytelling


Maia’s always wanted her own bonded dragon to raise, and this year’s larger than usual clutches have given her hope that her time has come. But a northern aerie has been decimated by the Harodh and their unnatural horrors, its qits killed or taken, and the Dragonry’s needs for new dragons to fight the menace trump a young woman’s.

The appearance of the fabled Summer Dragon, witnessed by Maia and her brother, puts them at the c
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*These are mainly my own notes so that I don't forget about things unlike the last time I read this book a year ago but is most definitely a review too*

4.5 stars and rounded up because I thought it deserved it.
Maia is a headstrong main character whom I enjoyed journeying with in my second time of reading this book. Sometimes you get annoyed with her, but in the long run, you will always end up rooting for her.
I absolutely LOVE her baby, Keirr, who I wanted to hug through
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
When I read that this book involved dragons, I knew I needed to read it ASAP. I am so glad that I picked up this book, because it was just as epic as I was hoping it would be.

From the first page, I thought this book was addicting. I really enjoyed Lockwood's writing style. I thought the dialogue and action flowed well. There were a some moments where I thought the book was a little slow, but the book was well paced overall. There was a lot of world development in this book, and I think Lockwood
Das Buch hat mir wirklich unglaublich viel Freude bereitet. Zu Beginn wurde ich etwas mit Namen zugeworfen, aber das gab sich; hier hätte sich ein Glossar angeboten, denke ich. Darüber hinaus ist das Buch aber pure Freude. Maia ist ein ganz wunderbarer Charakter mit ihren Ecken und Kanten und wirklich tollen Seiten. Sie hat einen nicht leichten Packen zu tragen, der ihr zudem von höheren Mächten noch schwerer gemacht wird. Sie beißt sich aber trotz aller Schwierigkeiten durch und ist hilfsbereit ...more
Tim Martin
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed, dragons
This was an enjoyable debut novel and there was a lot to like about it. The main character – Maia – is interesting and showed some real character growth. The world building is interesting without overwhelming the reader with vast amounts of information too fast. I loved the way dragons were portrayed in the novel and this is one of the first novels that really used dragons to such a degree (they are in the book a lot) that I have read in a very long time. When aerial traveling and combat – peopl ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks
This book starts off a bit too slow, but once things start to ramp up it's a lot more interesting of a read. It might best be described as Eragon, if Eragon were original, where a young woman finds a wild dragon and raises it, with plenty of creeping forces outside of their remote area starting to come into play.

There's very bad bad guys, which is a bit fine, but their motivations could use some work. There's much more interesting things going on politically, where it seems like almost no one c
Lou Anders
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Todd Lockwood is one of the top illustrators in our field and a tremendous guy. I was fortunate enough to be able to read The Summer Dragon in manuscript form, and I am happy to say that he is also a tremendous writer. This is a great book, richly conceived, beautifully executed, and copiously illustrated by Lockwood himself. Not to be missed.
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)

Not a big fan of this one. The biggest problem for me - everything happens is a very defined place that almost never changes throughout the book. I think part of high and adventure fantasy is constant movement, change of places, adventures, new characters, new everything. Now it's almost the same characters in almost the same places in almost the same situations. It's not cardboard, but sometimes in depth (and I mean Adele "Rolling In The Deep" kind of depths) description kills all the fun.

Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous read with...dragons!! Maia is an engaging protagonist who is the youngest in a dragon-rearing family. Her life is peaceful and nothing would compete it more than to have her own dragon, needless to say life takes a turn for the worse.

As an added bonus to the superb writing, Lockwood includes many works of art that are scattered throughout. What a talented dude!
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy

I had first met Todd Lockwood through his cover art illustrations from R.A. Salvatore’s books and since then I couldn’t help but love him for his, truly, magnificent painting talent. So, as I got my hands on his debut novel I must say that I started it with a bit more enthusiasm than usually to discover if has yet another great talent.
Fortunately, Lockwood proves in this book that he, indeed, poses that talent too as he takes us in a wonderful magical world full with dragons like only a fe
Dear Todd,

Cut it out, will you? You're already an incredible artist (award winning, in fact), and your art contains the very images that already populate the brains of fantasy readers when someone says "picture a dragon." Do you know how hard it is to walk into a bookstore and not see a cover by Todd Lockwood? Give us a break.

And then, if that's not enough, you're a nice guy. You actually talk to people at conventions, make friends, interact, and even get out there on the dance floor. Talk about
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"Curse or blessing, we contend with it. Neither arrives without the other close behind. It's all part of the Evertide "

I was excited to read this book. As I read the first few pages I thought this would just be like other books with dragons and a female lead in it, but there's more to it. Aside the from the usual, where the strong female lead slowly uncovers who she really is, and rising the from the challenges that're thrown at her, the story also deals wit
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wieder mal ein Buch, das mich sehr zwiegespalten zurück lässt.

Die Darstellung der Drachen fand ich wunderbar. Wie Menschen mit ihren Drachen verbunden werden; Die Beschreibung der Aerys, der Drachenzuchtstationen, in denen es unglaublich familiär zu geht. Wirklich toll.

Was mir leider nicht gefallen hat, waren zum einen die "bösen" Charaktere. Es wurde für mein Empfinden einfach nicht klar genug heraus gearbeitet warum Bellua sich verhält wie er sich verhält (Irgendwas mit Religion?) oder was nun
Amanda Kratz
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this book, which kind of surprised me. I'm not normally one that goes for books with lots of fictional religions or politics, but I didn't seem to mind much.

I really enjoyed the theme of the book as well about a family that trains dragons for the warriors of the empire. It's very different from anything I've read and I enjoyed the change of pace.

The book does start fairly slow. Most of that is simply learning names and places. Not only do the people have names but every
Jan farnworth
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An ARC was provided to me from the author — Thanks again, Todd Lockwood, for sharing your amazing story with me.

The opening line to the first chapter, “A dragon handler with her head in the clouds is cursed.” was the first tweet I shared with the author on Twitter as I was reading the book. The central theme to the story is of Maia as she struggles with her mother’s death and the possibility that she has been cursed. A wide range of events happen throughout the story that are in turn attempted t
Preston Smith
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
World of deep mystery and long history. The characters are well rounded and believable. I daresay many of the characters are loveable and hateable (at least one was both at the same time!). Action hits right away and stays for the duration - gaps in the action fill the book with details to create a world of depth and colour and incredible beauty. My mind's eye saw colours brightly and with great detail and I anticipate even more clarity of this mysterious world and their militant religion in the ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall a really fun dragon adventure. There are parts that seemed too similar to Pern and therefore cheap, but the characters are great and the dragons interesting. I'm excited to find out more in the coming books. Also the illustrations are gorgeous and compliment the text perfectly since the author drew them ;).
Kj Lyman
May 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Just so you know, i base my ratings on how much enjoyed reading a book.
Reading this was quite frustrating. A lot of the time the pace was just too fast and i had no idea what was happening, and another thing i didn't really enjoy was the characters; I didn't care for pretty much any of them (Except Jhem of course)
This book just wasn't for me.
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Todd Wills Lockwood, (born July 9, 1957 in Boulder, Colorado), is an American artist specializing in fantasy and science fiction illustration. He is best known for his work on the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and for his covers for the books of R.A. Salvatore. His art has also appeared in books from Tor Books, DAW Books, and on magazine covers, including Satellite Orbit magazine in 19 ...more
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