Tuesday, August 31, 2010
No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve
Reeve, Philip. No Such Thing as Dragons, 192 pgs. Scholastic, 2010. $16.99. Sexual Content-PG; Language-G; Violence-G. Ansel is the perfect servant for someone who has a secret. Ansel is mute. He hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death. His father sold him to Brock the dragon slayer. Brock and Ansel travel north to go dragon hunting. Brock confides to Ansel that there are no such things as dragons. Townspeople that are afraid of a dragon pay Brock handsomely to get rid of it. Brock carries with him a crocodile skull which he uses to convince the townspeople that the dragon is dead. Their travels lead them to Drachenberg, where they discover that there are dragons. Can the pretender and his servant escape? A well plotted and serviceable adventure, but lacks the excitement and world-creating imagination of author Philip Reeve’s Larklight series. EL – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.