Fledgling : Dragonrider Chronicles

  • by Nicole Conway
  • Narrated by Jesse Einstein
  • Series: Dragonrider Chronicles
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war?
Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless - until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy, a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal.
But Jaevid's case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid's future. While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king's private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders is willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor. Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.


What the Critics Say

"Not just another dragon story; this memorable escapade is fast-paced and packed with action. It will leave readers on the edge of their seats." (D. J. MacHale, author, The SYLO Chronicles and Pendragon)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A fun new dragon series with a twist.

This new dragon series has a twist to it: the lead character is half-human and half-elf. As a result, he is disliked but nearly all humans and elves.

The story gets off to a slightly slow start, but the action and drama later on is worth the somewhat slow start. The slow beginning is necessary to set the foundation for the lead character's home life and background as well as his entry into the elite dragon riders' academy. His chief instructor and his best friend turn out to be his sole support, along with his unique dragon. There are two female characters who lend potential love interests as well.

Overall, this is a strong start for this young adult series. I am also a big fan or Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Brisngr, Eldest, & Inheritance). This series is a bit lighter weight, without the added complexity of dwarves, extensive use of exotic languages or such a wide cast of characters and subplots. Nonetheless, Fledgling is worthwhile in its own way and on its own unique strengths. I've already purchased the second audiobook in this series, Avion, and can't wait to listen to it next.

Finally, the narration is first rate throughout. All characters are given appropriate voices, and the general narration is pleasant to listen to. He is a good choice for this series.
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- Thomas Le Min

Starts with artificial, exaggerated reading but......

I've always liked the legends of dragon riders and their dragons and we always seem to start with the young dragon picking a youthful, untalented, inappropriate male but they become a single unit to conquer their enemies, usually highly placed corrupt individuals or royalty. Sometimes both. Fledging is not far from being a cookie cutter work but with some different characters, some new twists, and a "wild" dragon doing the selecting and having a rather droll sense of humor, this listen is well worth the credit and time. But At the third chapter I was despairing of having a narrator who was using an exaggerated, artificial voice that was ruining a good book with his too enthusiastic, artifical reading. Thank goodness by the fifth chapter he had relaxed and began a natural cadence read. I haven't looked but I'm sure he does the next book. Hope he starts relaxed and doesn't waste any story.
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- dee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios