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Novice Dragoneer

(Dragoneer Academy #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  52 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 beythe
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Ace Books
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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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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 t ...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 make it seem like this is a moWriter...
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 singi
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Very interesting and enjoyable read. I liked the main character a lot
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆
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 didn’t learn the lesson, at the same time).
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Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons, netgalley, fantasy, ya
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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, nook
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.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 i ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 exposi
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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 th
Angie Gaule
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 h ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, a
Sarai Henderson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always loved E.E. Knight's writing style. It has a wonderful way of building a unique world for the reader to explore. I was rooting for the main character in this story. She came from nothing, but had a dream to fly a dragon. Her persistence helped her prove herself. She had many wonderful adventures along the way. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

I've always loved E.E. Knight's writing style. It has a wonderful way of building a unique world for the reader to explore. I was rooting for the main character in this story. She came from nothing, but had a dream to fly a dragon. Her persistence helped her prove herself. She had many wonderful adventures along the way. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
As a huge fan of the academy settings in fantasy books, I'm SO READY for this, and it's paired with dragons so that's like an icing on the cake.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book about a young girl aspiring to be a dragoneer (dragon rider) for her country. It is a long book at 489 pages, but I just kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen next.

I received it as an Advance Reading Copy and am very happy to give it a high rating. This book is probably aimed for the middle-school-age.
I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and absolutely loved it! Ileth, the protagonist, is interesting and likable. The interactions between the people and the dragons are delightfully complex. It feels as if Tolkien’s Smaug filled in for the dragons in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern series while still being delightfully unique. The story line moves quickly in some places and meanders comfortably in others. I will definitely be reading this series as the books come out.
Alexis Murray
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best written dragon stories I can find that sates my hunger for fantasy!
Realms & Robots
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s safe to say that I’m 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 haven’t read much dragon fiction and man, do I love it! This is a w
Little Bad Books
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2/5; DNF @ 54%

Ileth (14) is an orphan who has wished her entire life to ride dragons at the famous dragon-rider boarding school "The Serpentine." Dragoneers are esteemed dragon-riding warriors, and Ileth wishes to join their ranks. The odds are against her (and mostly everyone at the Serpentine), but nothing will stop her from becoming a part of the
Barb Lie
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight is the first book in his Dragoneer Academy series. We meet our young 14 year old orphaned heroine, Ileth at the start, as she travels to Serpentine to fulfill her dream of becoming a dragoneer. Years before, Ileth met an apprentice to Dragons, as well as meeting a Dragon; since then that is all she dreams about. But when she arrives at the gate, she is turned away as being late, but she persevered for days, before the ‘charge’ gives her a chance to become a novice ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I would classify Novice Dragoneer as YA: the protagonist is fourteen years old at the beginning of the book and sixteen by the end.

I would not compare it to Tamora Pierce's work; it is more like Rachel Hartmann's dragon series.

The dragons are depicted with as much realism as possible. They suffer from scale nits. Their breath stinks like rotten meat. Their excrement needs to be shoveled from their living space by unlucky dragoneer apprentices. They supplement their carnivorous die
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is easy for a 14-year-orphan, Ileth, who met a dragoneer and her dragon at the town well when she was seven years old. The dragoneer told her that when she reached her fourteenth birthday she should come to the Serpentine and ask for her and she’d get her into the dragoneer program. She runs away from her life on her fourteenth birthday and made her way to the Serpentine on foot and alone. She arrived there on the last day the new class would be open to new students, but she arrives afte ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very excited to win an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway! So thank you for that!!

This three star rating is very much a three which I will want to read the next book in the series when it comes out, but not something I would overly recommend to others.

The main character Ileth lacks agency other than her initial decision to travel to become a Dragoneer. She seems to just go where the plot takes her, never making any choices for herself. I would be ok with
Joanna Bennett
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was afraid to start this book because of how long it was. 514 pages is pretty small compared to some others but it still scared me especially in the case of maybe not liking it and then having to suffer through. Honestly, this book surprised me in such a good and glorious way! It had me feeling all sorts of ways.

At the start of the book, we are introduced to seven-year-old Ileth. She is an orphan and upon meeting a Dragoneer and a dragon, she decides that is who she wants to become
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book while fantastic reminded me a lot of the Eragon series hence why I continued reading and finished the book in one setting. I am also a fan of characters with unique names such as Ileth at first was a tongue twister but as I read on, I grew to love the name even more. The premise of this novel was very int
Jonathan Nelson
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC in the AceRoc Books giveaway.

A great protagonist is essential in holding my interest in a book. I received this surprise in the mail and jumped right in. I immediately fell in love with Ileth, the title character. She is well fleshed out by E.E. Knight and helped propel me through a quick reading. She is flawed in all the good ways, keeping her fully human and relatable. But, as with many characters from humble beginnings, too-often she is swept along by circumstances be
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
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

This was a long book. And the fact that there wasn't really a mystery to solve or a problem to overcome per se, it felt longer to me. I like reading books where I know what the purpose/quest is. This is Ileth's journey as a novice dragoneer - her efforts to even get her foot in the door, her hopes to stay, and the things she learns along the way.

Ileth made that lo
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