Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

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Like Gail Carson Levine's books, Merrie Haskell's middle grade fantasy adventure Handbook for Dragon Slayers mixes magic, mythical creatures, thrilling action, and a wonderful cast of characters.

Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book. But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at fire-breathing dragons. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers is a deeply satisfying coming-of-age tale wrapped in a magical adventure story.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062008169
Branch Call Number: J HAS
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,22 cm


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ArapahoeBridget Jan 10, 2018

This is a fun read, with plenty of action and a feisty heroine. Aside from the dragons, I particularly loved the horses, and I think it's a great choice if you're a horse fan too.

Aug 05, 2017

I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK!! Handbook for Dragon Slayers was just what I was looking for in a fantasy story. For me, it is harder to find fantasy story for teens, but this was the one. It was a more challenging book but was just what I needed to satisfy my book cravings for the weekend.

Yvette_HML Jul 05, 2017

I cannot recommend this book enough! Such an enjoyable read. Its ending catches you a bit by surprise, but it is more realistic, which is what I remember I liked most about this story. Aside from all of the fantasy and mythical creatures of course.

Jun 25, 2017

This is an exciting, action-packed book that has me sitting on the edge of my seat. Matilda is super inspiring.

May 30, 2016

This is a great choice for kids who love fantasy, and it's also a really interesting read -- all of the familiar fanastic elements are there, but they're handled slightly differently than I'm used to. I particularly loved that the heroine manages to be a very strong character with lots of desires and dreams, without falling neatly into the stereotypical "girl who wants to be a knight" trope that plagues so much kids' fantasy. Very well done.

Dec 24, 2014

This book was really interesting. At first you may not even be sure it is fantasy, but a little later in reading, you'll be like "what?! how did I not notice this is fantasy!" there are dragons, magical horses, and so much more. I enjoyed this read, the character is really believable, she is not one of those perfect princesses, and she not one of those super brave adventurer princesses who wants to be a boy. I think she is perfectly right in the middle.

FindingJane Sep 04, 2014

As a coming-of-age story, this one deals with the usual themes of rebellion, acceptance, love, honor, duty and pleasure, along with a dragon or two thrown into the mix. A lot of the familiar elements from fantasy are here—damsels in distress, dangerous dragons, , magical spells, menacing fey folk—but this princess is a lady of a different sort, yearning for a life far away from home…only to learn that running away from home can cause more problems than it solves.

At first, I found myself both impatient with and sorry for Princess Mathilda. She was born with a splayed foot and pigeon toes. But that’s really the least of her troubles, although it takes her a while to see it. However, I grew more and more admiring of her as she fearlessly sought her destiny and applauded her for dealing with the various vicissitudes along the way. Her companion Judith is no less winning. (Lord Parzifal, however, suffers from being a little too obsessed with ancient battles and weapons; he narrowly avoids becoming a big fat bore.)

Mathilda learns to adapt to her situations, sometimes with honesty, sometimes with guile, always with determination. She’s truly a heroine to admire.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tilda never imagined herself as the adventuring type. But when an ambitious cousin tries to imprison her, she escapes with her friends on a quest that will prove that this reluctant princess is capable of dealing with any challenge.

ChristchurchLib Dec 29, 2013

"Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them. " Kids' Books December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=716254

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Dec 24, 2014

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