I recently finished an excellent fantasy story called, The Dragon and the Apprentice by Sully Tarnish, which is sure to delight readers of all ages. It’s the first book in the Chronicles of Sir John the Worm Series. It’s a whimsical tale with robust characters and a plot full of shenanigans. The story takes place in the English countryside, in the time of knights and kings, of course, which lends a magical backdrop to the tale. The characters are highly likable, and you can’t help but giggle at their constant need for to be proper, even when scheduling duels. The story follows the rocky friendship of Sir John the dragon and Palomides and their never-ending desire to best each other during their annual contest. The result of one such battle leads them to make a most unusual wager. The rest of the story follows them on their quest to find the perfect apprentices, though not without difficulties.
While the plot is entertaining, it’s the characters that drew me into the story. Sir John the dragon, with the help of his trusted companion Squire Shallow, cause plenty of chaos all over the countryside, with finesse, good manners, and a plethora of high-brow vocabulary. No matter what the dragons’ may be up to, Squire Shallow ensures that the proper rules of conduct are adhered to, as they are sensible dragons. Palomides is the most unusual wizard I have ever encountered, being fashionable, over-confident, and resourceful. He has a knack of using unorthodox methods of accomplishing his goals, which can sometimes get him into trouble. All of the characters, both major and minor, added to the whimsy and snarky touch that makes this story so delightful.
I will confess, I’ve left out much about this story so that I don’t spoil it for anyone but trust me you will love it! If you’re into proper dragons, eccentric wizards and a basketful of hare-brained ideas, then grab a copy of The Dragon and the Apprentice. However, be forewarned, the book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I am happily waiting for the next installment.
Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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