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Novice Dragoneer

(Dragoneer Academy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  107 reviews
In the first book in an exciting and charming new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won't be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.

Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Penguin Publishing Group
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E.E. Yes and no. 14 seemed like an appropriate age to kick off the protagonists's adventures as she learns about dragons and what it takes to become a…moreYes and no. 14 seemed like an appropriate age to kick off the protagonists's adventures as she learns about dragons and what it takes to become a dragoneer. Part of my motivation for writing it was as a story for my own kids about what it takes to succeed in an institutional setting. But it didn't go to a YA imprint or anything like that. Like most of my work, I'd like it to be enjoyable when you read it at 15 and be equally enjoyable for different reasons when you re-read it at 50. I love books like that.(less)
E.E. I haven't received mine yet. They were only just printed, I was told I'd get one August 12 or 13th.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Bloody hell, I loved this book!! I love Ileth so much and wish I was as strong as she is! I cried a bit too!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Chelsea Humphrey
This is a fun read that has a lot going for it, and I think I would have rated it higher if the dragons had been introduced into the plot earlier and if the pacing had been just a tinge faster. That said, there's an incredible world built here, and the inclusion of a main character with a stutter was done so well; it doesn't make the narrative difficult to read and isn't included constantly, but it is present enough that it wasn't inserted as an afterthought, or just to add random diversity to ...more
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Dragons always get me buzzing and I've read E.E. Knight in the past and remember enjoying his creativity when it came to dragons. I was excited this was for teen readers though because I was looking forward to a lighter writing style from him.

Love the title Novice Dragoneer! It brings to mind lances, war and dragons in flight! I like the cover art too. I love the dragon being the star and the lonely blue color. The girl and the mountain
wanderer (Para)
ARC provided by the publisher (Ace Books) in exchange for an honest review.

Back in the summer, I had a mighty need for something light and above all, nostalgia-inspiring. Something that would give off the same general vibe as the books that first got me into fantasy. Then I saw this. It seemed absolutely perfect - dragons, magic schools, plucky underdog orphan girls, fuck yes, give me all of it. And it delivered on that. If I read this book when I was a kid aroung the time I read Eragon, I'd be
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSantum

Novice Dragoneer feels like a book Ive read before, in one incarnation or another. And if youve read a lot of coming-of-age fantasy, books feature magic or warrior schools, or stories about dragon riders, then theres a good chance this is going to feel very familiar to you too. But thats certainly not a criticism. I for one love a good adventure that has a bit of everything, and even with its more derivative elements, I
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Thank you to Penguin Random House for the ARC!
This book has been an extremely great read. It
follows a fourteen-year-old orphaned girl with a stutter who dreams of becoming a dragoneer. I know some people would read that she has a stutter in the synopsis of the book and I'm begging ya'll don't let that get in the way of you reading this book. She doesn't have a constant stutter and its not even a big thing I think it's cute, to be honest. I feel like even if she did have a constant stutter it
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Very interesting and enjoyable read. I liked the main character a lot
Francesca ❆
Thank you so much Ace (Penguin Publishing Group) for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

Where are the dragons?

The main character, Ileth, starts as a rather naive young girl and although she matures quite a lot, she still retain some of that naïveté (which was both cute, because she saw the best in the people she met, and maddening, because when aforementioned niceness bit in the ass she didnt learn the lesson, at the same time).
It was difficult
I flat out loved Novice Dragoneer! Novice Dragoneer is an extraordinarily vivid fantasy with amazing characters, outstanding world building and the enthralling ability to sweep the reader straight into Knights fantastical tale.

The story follows a young orphan girl who dreams of becoming a Dragoneer. Penniless, Ileth, embarks on a journey that will change the lives of all around her, including the dragons.

When this novel ended, the book hangover immediately issued leaving me bereft that the words
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy, ya, dragons
True Grit!

One thing I can say about Ileth is that she has determination, almost to the point of foolishness. Ileth is a Cinderella figure in her village with the emphasis on Cinders. She knows little but had work and nothing about kindness. As an orphan without a known paternal name and a person with a stutter, she's not only the butte of jokes, she's labeled as the daughter of a whore due to her affliction.
Having idolized dragons by the actual meeting with a dragon as a seven year old child, at
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nook, fav-fantasy
There are stories, and then there are Stories. Tales full of action, adventure, heroes, and villains. Add in Dragons and you have yourself perfection in print. This is one of those fine and rare examples that will keep you up late into the night reading and dreaming of great dragon filled adventures.
Realms & Robots
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its safe to say that Im obsessed with Novice Dragoneer. The dragons talk, the world has an intensely developed history, and the central character is the kind of badass hero I wanted to root for. Check out my four favorite things about this wonderfully done novel!

First and foremost: TALKING DRAGONS!
I realize there are probably hundreds of books out there featuring dragons who talk to humans. For some reason, I havent read much dragon fiction and man, do I love it! This is a world that reveres
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story! I literally couldn't put this book down as I had to find out what happens to Ilith, the main character. Compelling story, great characters and dragons, what more could you want? I have to admit I was surprised that the author was male. He did an amazing job of writing a 14 year old girl. I loved Ilith, her courage and her perseverance in the face of obstacles. And what a great message, to keep going no matter what and you can overcome anything. My only small criticism is ...more
I really, really enjoyed this book!

This is the first book in what I dearly hope is a new series. Ileth lives in what amounts to an orphanage when we first meet her, although it is stated she is NOT actually an orphan.

At age seven, she meets a dragoneer and her dragon. At fourteen she runs away to apply to the Dragon Academy. She arrives on the correct day, unfortunately after the gates had closed for the night. The annual posted Academy call for recruits, regrettably, had not included the time
Do you need talking dragons? Dragon riders? DRAGONS?!

This is a book on dragons, with dragons, and has dragon riders. Despite there not being enough dragons in the first third of the book, the story moved quite quickly into the realm of dragons. Ileth, despite not having much development at first, does develop alongside the other dragons. The Lodger turned out to be one of my favorites and I wish there had been more time for his and Ileths relationship. If youre looking for dragons, look no
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for the next book to come out! A lot of questions were left answered, and I imagine those will be answered in the next book or two.
I was surprised how attached I got to the characters. One of the events that happened actually made me tear up, which is uncommon for me. There are only one or two characters that are completely bad, so when characters who were both good and bad did something bad, it hurt my heart.
My only problem with the book is that there was so much exposition and
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty incredible, and one of the few kinda dense fantasy books, though not in a traditional way, per say, but that there's 19 chapters and 500 pages. You do the math! Really great read, I can't wait to see where this series goes!
Thank you to netgalley for providing an ARC.

This was my first E.E knight book, and while there were things that I tremendously enjoyed, there were many more things that I had issue with.

The book started out so well. Dragons, a flawed female protagonist with something to prove, and daily school llife adventures what more could you ask for? As a YA novel, I loved that the characters were more or less angst-free and that there was an absence of love triangle drama. The world of the Vale and the
Angie Gaule
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book is so good! The characters are amazingly well-drawn, with characteristics both good and bad. The story line is interesting. Some of the plot lines are intricate and some are straightforward. The plot twists are limited and each furthers the story in a logical way. The world is fleshed out during travel, which is nice as you don't get a data dump. I thought the book was going to be a light read, which was silly since I ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this book when it came. But sadly it just wasn't for me. I know that this is the authors first try at young adult but for me this wasn't it. It still felt like an adult title but with young adult characters. The descriptions were very in depth and just a little to much. It bogged the story down and really just made it a pain to read. The writing in this one just made the story very not enjoyable. There was very weird and off the wall dialogue, etc. And I just had a hard ...more
Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
Fresh off of reading another dragon riding book called Fireborne, I was curious how Novice Dragoneer would compare.  I was pleasantly surprised! Novice Dragoneer made me cry on multiple occasions, as it presented with me a realistic and complex cast of characters, wonderful dragons with glittering personalities, layered world-building, but most of all, a truly lovable heroine named Ileth. Novice Dragoneer is the first novel Ive ever read where the main character suffered from a stutter and I ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is...AMAZING. If you have the chance I strongly suggest the audiobook. This book is very much a slice of life but the building blocks are there to create a 5 star series and I can't wait to see how E.E Knight progresses with the story.
If I had the next book or if the series were finished I would have binged it in one go.

Ileth is an extremely strong female character and not in the stereotypical 'I am a badass way' but in a quiet way that says 'I have endured, I have persevered, and I
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty hefty and clunky book to be honest-- the editing, like a lot of Knight's books, leaves something to be desired. *But* it's all worth it. (Although the glossary, at least in the e-book edition, is so badly formatted as to be almost unusable, unfortunately.) It's worth mentioning in particular that the editing is far, far better than Dragon Fate, which was rendered almost incomprehensible at points.

I think this one might go down as one of my favourite human-dragon relationships,
April S.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had issues with this book.... first it made me stay up so late (couldn't put it down), then it made me cry (so much emotion), then up late again, then more sad/happy tears at the end! It was full of relatable characters that you really care about, excitement and adventure. I loved it!! I can't wait for the next book in the series.
When can I get the next book in this series? When?!

Novice Dragoneer is my first read from this author, but likely won't be the last. I wasn't sure what I was in for, but figured that hey, dragons, can't go wrong with dragons. Well, technically, you can, if you choose to write plotless smut instead of an actual fantasy story with great plot. But this, this is the good stuff, this book is the latter. The real deal.
Also, I'm hyped, because this is a YA book with a sensible and steadfast heroine,
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons, fantasy
On the surface, it's Harry....Harriet Potter and the Dragon Riders of Pern. Sort of....

But the characters, setting, and maturity are more along the lines of Name of the Wind or His Majesty's Dragon, as the realism of the Serpentine (the dragon rider school / military academy) reminds me more of The University, or the Coverts of London, than of Hogwarts. And in that sense, it delivers what you'd expect. Orphan with four cents to her name joins a school for dragon riders, gets caught in a vendetta
I can't resist boarding schools when magic or paranormal stuff is involved. I barely read YA these days, but an academy where people learn to ride dragons seemed so intriguing! Ileth made for a sympathetic heroine with her stutter, her past as an orphan, and her determination. There were a lot of side characters, so I sometimes got a bit confused as to who was who, particularly Yael Duskirk and Hael Hun Duss. The plot got a bit confusing after a while. It switched from following a girl trying to ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Ileth has wanted to join the ranks of the dragon-riding warriors called the dragoneers since she was seven. The book chronicles her first year at the academy.

The story has little in the way of the martial conflict that is traditional for fantasy novels, and even the political and social conflicts are few, but following Ileth's successes and failures still makes for a compelling story. Her excitement and wonder toward dragons is contagious, as is her anger toward various injustices.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful high fantasy read! The author has done a fabulous job in creating this world. From the first page to the last, this story will capture and keep your attention! Dragons not only exist but are respected. Ileth is a charming and brave character. She has a stutter which makes people underestimate her. That is their mistake. The story and characters are very well written. Some feels scenes. One had me crying. Youll know when you get to it. The cover is pretty and eye catching. I do wish ...more
Evie Basically
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Half a weekend well spent

I like all of this guy's books. There's one or two sentence constructions that make me pause, but the story pace is nonstop and the characters are genuine. I just wish it hadn't been so long ago that I read the other dragon books, i might have caught more Easter eggs!
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