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The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
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Jun 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, fiction, friendship, magic, romance, strong-female-character, strong-male-character

This book is a romp--adventure, romance, and humor blended into a tale that will appeal to both boys and girls. Calen is a mage's apprentice who appears to be not the best student. Then one of his side trips on an errand takes him high into the castle where he meets Princess Meglynne who has come for the same reason as Calen--to watch the arrival of the prince coming to wed Meg's sister and unite two warring kingdoms. Because of this accidental meeting, Meg entrusts Calen with a secret she has shared with no one--she has hidden a dragon in a cave outside the castle walls.

The focus of chapters alternates between Meg and Calen as they build an alliance. She is brave and quick to make decisions and has no compulsion to follow the decorum expected of princesses; he has realized that meeting Meg's dragon has rekindled the spark within him to complete his education under Mage Serek and perfect his natural talents for magic.

Calen searches for information about dragons so he can help educate Meg, but he also begins to build his own powers through self-education. And they will need all their talents to combat a terrible plot that may bring war to the kingdom again. The two must work closely together to squelch a plot to murder Meg's older sister and inculpate her groom.

Several interesting counterpoints exist in the book: Calen and Meg; villainous Sen Edna and Mage Serek, advisor to the royal family; Wilem and Calen. Relationships, too, are important: friends, families, teacher and student, dragon and human.

The romance in the book and the relationship of a dragon to a heroine remind me of Dragon Slippers, another favorite, and the dark magic reminds me of the considerable dark forces in Harry Potter. I enjoyed the book enough to wish that Meg and Calen's teamwork would not end with this book and the conclusion certainly offers that opportunity.
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