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Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven --- which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, the boy & dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other.
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It's a fantasy, it's long, and it's got dragons in it. Dragon Rider is bound to be another hit book from Cornelia Funke! Ever since the popularity of bestselling fantasies The Thief Lord and Inkheart went global a few years ago, legions of fans have demanded more books from the German author than she can reasonably hope to write each year. So, re-discovering this hefty, earlier novel from 1997 was a logical development--and her keenest readers will devour it as before.
Aimed at slightly younger readers than her previous novels, despite its massive five hundred pages, Dragon Rider is about a brave young dragon called Firedrake who embarks upon a dangerous journey to the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas--a magical place where silver dragons can rest easy, free from the threat of destruction by mankind and their only hope of sanctuary. The key to its location is a map rendered by a rat who is a master cartographer.
Firedrake is joined on his quest by Ben, an orphaned boy, and Sorrell--a wise-cracking Brownie that is an odd, but ingenious, grumpy kind of fairy. Their journey is not a straightforward one by any means. Created by an alchemist called Petrosius Henbane in 1424, Nettlebrand (a malevolent creature covered in impenetrable gold plates) is their biggest threat--he is intent on destroying them. Nettlebrand is aided by Twigleg, a homunculus who has stowed away in Ben's bag and who is feeding reports on their progress back to his master.
Their exciting encounters are many... It is easy to forgive the narrative's excessive length when readers are gorging on such a wonderfully inventive and readable story from an author who has her readers in the palm of her hand on every page. (Age 9 and over) --John McLayAbout the Author:
Cornelia Funke is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English language market with the release of The Thief Lord, the enchanting New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed novel Inkheart and the picture book The Princess Knight. Ms. Funke lives in Hamburg, Germany, with her family.
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Book Description Chicken House, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition.... London: Chicken House . First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. 0.0. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # december5
Book Description Scholastic, New York,USA, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Anthea Bell (illustrator). 1st Edition. As New unread copy of the US limited edition, limited to 300 copies bound in blue cloth with a gold gilt dragon on the front cover. In a matching pictorial slipcase and Signed on a special limitation page by Cornelia Funke this being #96 of that 300. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001632
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