I am still hoping to somehow finish the Young Adult Reading Challenge I started last year. Towards that effort, I decided to try out Dragon Rider from Cornelia Funke.
The book is a fantastical tale about a dragon whose environment is threatened due to human development on its land. So, the dragon (Firedrake), his friend Sorrel – the brownie, and a little boy embark on a journey to a legendary place called Rim of Heaven ( a sort of Shangri-la) where silver dragons can live in peace for ever. With only a curious map and the whispered memories of an old dragon to guide them, they fly across moonlit lands and seas to reach the highest mountains in the world. Along the way, they must also defeat the villainous Golden One who is determined to kill all dragons.
My thoughts on this book
I don’t know if I am reading too much into the book, and whether a child reading this book would get the message…but I loved the concept of environment conservation that Cornelia Funke subtly conveys. About how man’s encroachment on forested lands is destroying the local habitats. The story in general is nice, although it could have been made a bit shorter without losing much of its charm. I also like that it is not a typical Dragon Rider kind of story. There seem to be so many these days (every Fantasy book seeme to have them) that the concept has become rather tired, but I liked the freshness of this one.
This is typical Cornelia Funke reading, and I think most lovers of the Inkworld novels will also like this one. In some ways, Dragon Rider is more simplistic. But, in this case, I think simple is good!