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The Dragon Tamer

(Alveria Dragon Academy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  527 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In Alveria, humans and dragons have existed side by side for centuries, but old tensions have grown and the kingdom is now divided between human nobles and the dragons that fear for the survival of their species. For the humans who serve the dragons, the future looks bleak: human Tamers outnumber the dragons and no viable eggs have been laid in over two decades.

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Published October 31st 2018
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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dragon Tamer is the first installment of the Alveria Dragon Academy series. In it, you will Kaelan. She is living in pretty crappy conditions with her mother and grandmother. It also doesn't help that her mother is very sick and they have found no cure to fix her ailment. So they send her off to the Dragon Academy while also spilling that her dad isn't the most popular dragon.

Along the journey to the school, she happen
Kayla Krantz
I have to say I absolutely adored Kaelan—she was everything you could hope for in a strong YA protagonist. She never backed down and stood her ground even when all hope seemed to be lost. I especially loved her relationship with the Prince after they were bonded.

While Kaelan did have some unlikeable moments, I thought she was a well-rounded character throughout. She never forgot the purpose of her struggles, and even doubted herself when the truth came out about her father. That made her seem ve
I love dragon academy books, and dragon riders, and just generally dragons, so when I stumbled across this in my Amazon recommendations, I was pretty excited. And for the most part, the book delivered. It was generally exciting, and the plot and world building were decent.

I do feel like the book, which was around 450 pages, could have lost a hundred pages and been fine, as it did move slowly in parts.

I also didn't really feel a very deep connection with the main characters. They just felt kind
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaelan, an outsider who's love for her mother runs so deep that she's willing to risk it all to heal her dying soul.
Let me start off by saying that I'm completely in love with dragons, I love everything about them but it's rare that I find a book that I like that capture dragons in such captivating light and on top of that being a shapeshifter book but, Ava certainly accomplished this. This book is so descriptive and because of that it paints a picture from the words splashed on the page, I coul
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was such a sassy story; I loved it!

I don't know what it is about a good dragon book, but I can never find myself putting it down. I devoured this one in one night, and I'm glad to say that it's worth it.

The world building and background information was enticing and left me wanting to explore it further. There's dragons and magic and kingdoms galore!

When the characters clash, I was left on the edge of my seat (or really, my bed). The writing tells a great story that you can't help but place
Yousra El-gaafarawy
Okay so, reading this blurb, looking at the cover and seeing the word dragons, I WAS THRILLED! I was so excited and really hopeful.

So this is how the book starts, it starts you know kinda good, not very slow and quickly gets to the part where she goes to the academy. For about let’s say from Chapters 11 to 21 things were one word: boring. Nothing happened. And by that I mean NOTHINT HAPPENED. She arrived at the academy but wasn’t training and so legit nothing happened. And on top of that, she b
Christi M
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, teen-ya
"In Alveria, humans and dragons have existed side by side for centuries, but old tensions have grown and the kingdom is now divided..."

In The Dragon Tamer, Kaelan discovers she has a dragon heritage which allows her to enter the Alveria Akademy - a school for humans and dragons to learn their skills and be paired together. Kaelan is a peasant and this opportunity is one she must take for herself and her mother who is ill and needs a dragon's special healing to make her well again. Kaelan travels
Rosie Rizk
Lots of magic and an intriguing plot. I enjoyed reading about the MC discovering her magical abilities, fighting the nobles for her rightful place, and the plot. The prince's pov was also nice to read - a prince who has to fight his fears in order to earn a position he wants.

It was very much a YA book. The type where girl meets boy and awkwardly flirt, love, then breakup, repeat. Annoyingly, it took up a major portion of the book, and I skimmed though most of those parts. I would have loved the
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the main characters is a seventeen year old girl called Kaelan Younger, who lives on the outskirts of their village with her mother and grandmother, in the Alveria area. They have constantly had to move throughout her short life and she has never known who her father was. Her mother is a healer and caught an illness whilst treating others. She has been ill for over a year and could reach the end stage of coma and weeks later, death, unless Kaelan can get an unexpected person to come and h ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
This book surprised me! That's a pretty big deal, especially in a YA novel. Stories with dragons really seem to go one of two ways, but not this book. This book went it's own way.
1. Loved our heroine. She's determined, she's brave, and she's smart. There was a part in the middle of the book where she got kind of stuck doing nothing, which was frustrating, but she made up for it in the end. The dialogue was good, even though the story was lacking in side characters. The story felt a little too to
Bingeworthy Book Blog
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Dragon Tamer: Alveria Dragon Akademy is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy by Ava Richardson, author of The First Dragon Rider trilogy, The Sea Dragons trilogy, Upon Dragon's Breath trilogy and Return of the Darkening Trilogy.

The Dragon Tamer is the first book that I have read by author Ava Richardson but it is definitely not going to be the last. The Dragon Sickness, book 2 in the Alveria Dragon Academy trilogy releases 26 December 2018 with the third book in the trilogy, The Dragon Thr
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you!
This novel was an amazing read! I could not put it down! It contains dragons, magic, romance, betrayal, and adventure all together. Kaelan Younger is a stubborn young woman, who helps to heal others, like her mother, is loyal to the crown, and can suddenly roar? Kaelan learns the truth of her heritage as her mother is dying from sickness and the only way she can be healed is by a dragon. With a letter given to her by her mother,
Kirstian Semprevivo
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Dragons, dragons, dragons!

It is not surprising that this is what caught my attention when I was given the opportunity to review this book. I love a good fantasy and throwing in some dragons never hurts. I mean, I guess it would if you didn’t implement them in the right way but that was not the case here.

I really enjoyed Kaelan’s outspoken and stubborn nature. Watching how she adjusts from training as a healer to dragon tamer made m
The Mysterious Reader
Ava Richardson’s The Dragon Tamer (Alveria Dragon Akademy Book 1) is s phenomenally excellent book and the start of what I suspect will be a phenomenally strong series. The author clearly put a huge amount of effort and imagination in the world-building of Alveria as it’s a complex and fascinating place - and the perfect setting for the tale. Add in a great lead in Kaelan Younger, who starts out a strong character and my book’s end is well on the path towards being a wonderful one, and strong su ...more
Kaelyn is an outsider. They have moved so many times and the people look down on her. It makes selling her meager items for coin difficult. Her mother, a kind healer, is ill and dying after saving the town from the dying sickness. After roaring in town, she now finds out more about her father and is sent to the Akademy to train and become a dragon trainer. Her peasant status shouldn't matter but they send her to the kitchens to work instead of learning...

Prince Lasaro is the youngest of the Roy
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dragon Tamer is the first book by Ava Richardson I've read and so happy I did. I will be looking for more books by this author. She has created a world where dragons roam free with a strong female character (Kaelin) who is fierce, courageous, determined and who loves dragons. I was drawn into the story from page one and needed to continue turning pages until the end. I found it very difficult to put down but life has a way of interfering. I love anything involving dragons. Am anxiously looki ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fun story, little echos of Harry Potter and Eragon among other dragon-fantasy (definitely some Dragonriders of Pern in there as well...). Richardson has done some excellent world-building, and her magic system seems very consistent and well-thought-out (poorly executed magic systems really irritate me, this one worked excellent for the story itself, which is always a sign of good writing in my mind).

Definitely YA oriented, and I would think it would be fine for teens and even pre-teens to read.
Fungi From Yuggoth
Review of THE DRAGON TAMER by Ava Richardson
(Alveria Dragon Akademy Book 1)

Wow, this author can write! I was immediately engrossed in this epic fantasy of Dragons, Dragon-Blooded, Dragon Tamers, and oh yes—mere humans. Kaelan is a young woman in training with her mother and grandmother to be a healer, as they are. Always fascinated with Dragons, she knows she will never be closer to one than to seeing one fly overhead. Moving from cottage to cottage in various locales, Kaelan and her mother and
Ashley Reyes
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaelan is a poor peasant who finds out at age 16, that her father is a notorious dragon, in a country ruled by dragons. War is threatening from their neighbors, and the prince goes to school to try and gain the future throne.

This is a fast paced, emotional story that is smart and fun to read. This is not a terribly long book, and for that I am grateful. The author doesn’t try to fit too much into the story and bog it down, but gives us enough to give a good story and crave the next in the serie
Eylene Kissane
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is epic fantasy at it's best. An impoverished young girl on a quest to become a dragon tamer and ultimately to save her mother from a fatal disease during the dragon's magic. Beautifully written and impeccably edited, this book was an absolute joy to read. It has a nice steady pace and yet it grips you from the start. The story is such that it's impossible to put down and will reward any fantasy reader with immense satisfaction. A brilliant effort from an aspiring writer who is both. Gifted ...more
Ola Adamska
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2018
I thought I knew YA novels with Dragons to The Core but here I am left speechless by The Dragon Tamer by Ms. Ava Richards!
The story starts in usual was There is a girl that is an outcast in Her own village and things are getting worse for Her and Her family There. That sucks right? And some long hidden Secret is revealed and this thing set off all future events.
Looks like your usual YA read? Yep, but...
The author knows how to describe The World and events so readers will be devouring The book li
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed the beginning of THE DRAGON TAMER and had no problem getting into the story, the middle was a bit slow and I found myself drifting, but it did pick up again towards the end.

The plot was very intriguing, the characters were interesting, but the romance was too YA for me and took up more of the book than I would have prefered.

I probably won't read more, but I enjoyed THE DRAGON TAMER.

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Books In Brogan
This is a new author to me but I really loved the world building and characters so often first books are a little slow pacing especially fantasy books but this one didn't have a slow moment the story kept moving along with plenty of action.  I can't wait for the next one at the end of the year.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
Mike Keller
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific dragon saga from one of my favorite storytellers!

The characters really drive this tale about a peasant girl with questionable lineage and a prince with a burning need to save his kingdom from a danger only he can see. They meet at the Academy where the dragon-blooded train to become dragons or trained to partner with a dragon and 'tame' the wild urges stirred by the Dragon blood.

I really enjoyed this delightful mix of young love, dragons and danger. A worthy read. Can't wait for
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviews
This was a really good read. I went into The Dragon Tamer with low expectations, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The world-building was so descriptive, and the plot was unique. I've never come across a book on shape-shifting dragons and have human tamers as well. I thought some parts were cliche and it was low-key insta-love since they were kind of enamored by each other from the start, but other than those, it was a fun and quick read! Can't wait for the second book this Decemb ...more
Bonita B Ash
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read in a while

I loved Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books of Pern. Ava Richardson has managed to grab my attention in the same way. I can't wait to read more of her books. It was well written,fast paced,exciting, with the beginnings of a tortured romance and a war. What could be better? A must read for anyone who loves dragons, or anyone that appreciates a well written story.
Lisa Elizabeth
An engaging and fast-paced book about magic, heritage, love and prejudice set against the backdrop of a dragon-ruled kingdom that is threatened from without and within. Book two couldn’t come soon enough!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, I had trouble putting it down. The plot and execution is extremely good. I loved the people in the story. There is so much unrest in the Kingdom and the Dragons add to it. I can't wait until the next story comes out. I received a complimentary review copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving a honest review.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

First book by this author that I have read. Very fascinating world and characters that author Ava Richardson has created! I am downloading next book in series and I am definitely going to look at previous books by this author as some are completed series, which is sometimes preferable to read thru with no interruption.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started to read this, I didn't think I was going to like it. I was lost in the story but he characters kept me reading, then the author brings it all together making you understand and you start loving the story and characters. Then you are at the end wanting more. Great writing and characters will keep you turning the pages. Great Reading Everyone!
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Ava Richardson writes epic page-turning Young Adult Fantasy books. She creates lovable characters and drops them into intricate worlds that are barely contained within your eReader. Her current work is the ‘Return of the Darkening Series’, which features Seb, Thea and their shared dragon, Kalax.

She grew up on a steady diet of fantasy and science fiction books handed down from her two big brothers

Other books in the series

Alveria Dragon Academy (3 books)
  • The Dragon Sickness (Alveria Dragon Academy #2)
  • The Dragon Throne (Alervia Dragon Akademy Book 3)