THE ERTH DRAGONS: THE WEARLE

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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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).

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