THE ERTH DRAGONS: THE WEARLE
released OUT NOW! 321 pages | Hardback/ Ebook
Author Chris D’Lacey
Publisher Orchard Books
Children’s author Chris D’Lacey is known for his Last Dragon Chronicles and Dragons Of Wayward Crescent books. With The Wearle, he begins a new series looking at the early arrivals of dragons to a planet they call Erth.
Tragedy befalls the dragon settlement when a new mother is killed, along with her two newborn wearlings. As they argue over who’s to blame, a nearby tribe, the Hom, ponders whether to seek revenge for their best hunter, recently killed by the dragons. Meanwhile a young Hom boy, Ren, sneaks over the scorch line that divides the races and becomes part of the conflict in a very literal way.
This is a book of hits and misses: the political intrigues of both societies drive the story, which has a compelling mystery at its heart, and the final climax and reveals are played well. But none of the characters, dragon or human, ever really grip the reader – there are just too many players on the dragon side for any to be fully developed, and neither Ren nor his father Ned make enough of an impression to keep you interested in their fates. Rhian Drinkwater
D’Lacey says Welsh is “the nearest human tongue” to dragontongue, hence the use of words like “plentyn” ( child).