• Novice Dragoneer

  • Dragoneer Academy, Book 1
  • By: E. E. Knight
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Novice Dragoneer

By: E. E. Knight
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
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In the first book in an exciting 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 beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she's dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.

While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She's then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands...

©2019 Eric Frisch (P)2019 Tantor

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She’s 14yrs old

I’m going to assume Mr. Knight forgot how old Ileth was, or that there’s a cultural barrier I cannot and will not break.

Ileth does battle against a sweaty fat guy in nothing but a shirt, described as titillating. She also becomes a sweat dancer for the dragons to sooth them. For those unfamiliar. Male dragons in “The Age of Fire” series like the smell of human woman, because of how similar it is to the smell of female dragons.

Ileth also has a love interest or two, one of which almost has sex with her against a barn wall. She’s 14. She is groped by the same fat guy she fought (attempted violation.) She was violated within the Lodge she was born in.

There’s plenty more wrong with the book, but this I believe is the most important of the books faults.


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Great narrator, lackluster book

The narrator is excellent, she does a good job with voices and is pleasant to listen to. The book itself presents as a fantasy novel about dragonriding but the dragons are a very small part of the story and most of it is just about a very mundane life of a 14 year old at a boarding school with school drama. The story picks up at the end but is otherwise dull and drags on with describing what's essentially day to day chores. The main character, a 14 year old girl mind you, is also weirdly sexualized and harassed constantly by what seems like at least half of the male characters in the book and it's just uncomfortable to listen to and rarely adds anything to the story. The Age of Fire series the author previously wrote is much better.

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awesome book

This book does a fantastic job of bringing us back to this world with a new story told from a different view point. I will be listening to this again.

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This story not a favorite

However, love Nicole Poole she is my favorite narrator and made this story tolerable and entertaining. Thank you Nicole.

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Slow to Get Rolling, but Flows Well

I generally don't believe in "wait until it gets good". I tried to read the eBook first and couldn't get past the Kindle sample, but my friends insisted Novice picks steam after the first third so I figured I'd drop a credit to grab this book for free.

The prose is smooth as silk throughout, but the opening is dry, meandering, and awkwardly dense in the wrong spots. I don't think the main character has enough drive or charisma to carry a tale, but once the excellent supporting cast starts to roll in the book gathers its legs and takes off.

Played at 120% speed, the story is easy enough to chew through. But there are other books that don't need 6 hours to grab you - Like Dragon Champion for example.

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amazing

honestly I really loved the book. I don't know how more people don't get into this series. E.E. knight is amazing and his work is great

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Enjoyed greatly.

Really enjoyed this audio book. Immediately bought the next one. It was a nice change of pace within dragon based novels.

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I loved it!!!

I admit that out of bordom and a want to read or listen to another book made me want to and I'm glad I did. I think it's a beautiful story and I can't wait for the next book. Beautiful book ending and well, I cried, I cried happy and sad tears. Wonderful sad and happy tears.

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Dragged but still a solid read

TW: Misogyny, Suicidal Thoughts, Stutter not accurately portrayed*

*I feel that the stutter was handled well and portrayed accurately, but I do know that some people do not think that it accurately represents an individual with a stutter.

I am so excited to be finally done with this book. It took me 15 days to finally finish this book, and I will admit that at times, I thought of DNFing it merely because it tended to drag on at moments. Though the book dragged at times, I did enjoy it. I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley, but when I realized that I had no time to read it, I bought the audiobook of it, and I'm glad that I did.

The narrator did an excellent job of making the characters come to life and did a fantastic job at Ileth's stutter. One of the incredible individuals I talk to on twitter did state that they thought the stutter was not an accurate portrayal, which is why I included this in the TW section of this post. I will say that I thought it was correct. One of my close friends has a stutter, and from my experience with him, I felt that it was portrayed well and accurately. The reaction to the stutter was also accurate, which made me want to throw the book at multiple times.

The shining star of the book was the narrator. Nicole Poole truly made this book enjoyable. The plot was fascinating though I have to admit if I might have DNF'd the book if I was solely reading it. At times, this book dragged. Heck, this book took me 15 days to finish, which is unheard of for me. I think what caused me to take so long in reading it is the fact that there was little to no plot. The book's sole purpose was to show the life Ileth lived. It was fascinating to read about her from the age of 14 to 16, but I would have liked a plot instead of following her on her journey.

Though It dragged, I still am giving it a solid 4 Caffeinated Star reading. Watching Ileth grow and move up in the world was a fascinating time. This would be an excellent novel for people who enjoy a good biography. This book felt like I was reading a biography that happened to have dragons in it. All in all, if you're looking for a fast-paced book with dragons, I would skip this book. If you want a book that reads like a biography with dragons sparkled in, the Novice Dragoneer would be a great addition to your library.