Stolen from her jungle home and sold to a zookeeper, Pip knows only a world behind bars, a world in which a Pygmy warrior and her giant ape friends are a zoo attraction. She dreams of being human. She dreams of escaping to the world outside her cage.
Then, the dragon Zardon kidnaps her into a new life. Pip rides dragonback across the Island-World to her new school - a school inside a volcano. A school where humans learn to be Dragon Riders. But this is only a foretaste of her magical destiny, for the Dragon Assassins are coming. They have floated an island across the Rift and their aim is nothing less than the massacre of all dragons.
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.
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Such a wonderful and mesmerising tale.
This was such an amazing book!! Everything about it captivated and enchanted me.
The story follows a Pygmy warrior girl called Pip, who is kidnapped from her island home and brought to a zoo. She is thrown into a cage with an ape mother and her baby. After a bad start, Pip befriends the apes and tries to survive in this strange place where big people come to stare. She spends years in the zoo thinking she is less than human but eventually gets rescues by a mighty dragon, who spirits her away to a special school. Here Pip learns who she really is and that great things can come in small packages.
Pip was one of the best and most amazing characters I've read in a long time. My heart broke for her so many times because of the way she was treated, but she continually manages to be herself no matter what. She may be small but she has a humongous heart, is selfless and extremely brave. She faces so many trials and dangers but faces them she does!
There are quite a few different characters in this, from the human, to the dragons and an ape as well, and each of them are so very well written and developed that it's hard to find fault with any of them.
The plot, at the start, may not have been very fast paced, but it was richly woven and detailed and immerses you into the fantastic world that the author has created. It also picks up a lot in the second half, and we see more dragons, which is also a big plus!!
In all, this was a fantastic and unique dragon book and one I can highly recommend. I fell in love with the world and the characters and can not wait for more!
Ryan Prizio was absolutely fantastic with the sheer variety of tones and voices he did, but I had a problem with the quality of production. I think it was either chapter 8 or 9 of the audio book, the narrator stumbles, clears his throat, messes up a few times and restarts sentences. It was quite distracting and annoying but I couldn't take a star off from the narrator because he was amazing, and it wasn't his fault that an editor missed a few of the mistakes. But anyway, even with the odd mistake, it's well worth the listen!!
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife