Hogwarts meets dragons in Dragon School.
Dragon School is an epic fantasy series with a difference…
Dragon School is a fantastic new read from Sarah KL Wilson that rejuvenates traditional epic fantasy! This 20 part episodic series is quick to consume on an episode-by-episode basis, which is incredibly useful in a fast-paced life. These make perfect bedtime or commuting reads.
In First Flight, meet sixteen-year-old Amel, who arrives at Dragon School excited at the prospect of becoming a dragon rider. Despite being a commoner and having a crippled leg, she is determined to overcome Dragon School’s grueling training, but before she can join the esteemed ranks of the Dragon School riders, she must take the ultimate test: the First Flight.
The First Flight will earn Amel a place at the school… or kill her.
Meg’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Dragon school follows Amel, a disabled commoner who is desperate to join the prestigious Dragon School – but she faces huge challenges due to her background and physical ailment that will be almost impossible to overcome. This alone provides a really fresh take on the usual protagonist of the generic “nobody-boy/girl”.
The first novella in the series follows Amel as she tries to gain entry into Dragon School by choosing a dragon, and taking the First Flight, a death-defying test that will see her ascend to the rank of Initiate, or quite literally fall to her death.
I really liked this fresh take on a fantasy academy – with high stakes for the protagonist – and a dragon rider. The main character is very believably flawed in an original protagonist. Sarah writes Amel’s disability really well – though the focus on it can be quite heavy at times, it doesn’t feel gratuitous and is a convincing account of how someone genuinely would struggle with Amel’s disability. I really like that Amel is determined that nothing will hold her back in Dragon School.
The dragons are fantastic – it’s so wonderful to see again, a fresh take on the special talents of the dragons, sorted by their colour and abilities. I love purple dragons the best, of course! The dragons have great characters and spirit.
The whole world is very nicely built, despite the shortness of the tales. There’s a thread running throughout the text that shows just how deeply the world is fleshed out, from titles and social hierarchy, to neighbouring countries, to the format of Dragon School itself.
If this is a taste of the rest of the series, I cannot wait to read what’s next. I rate this installment a well-earned 4.5 out of 5. Bravo, Sarah.