The Story of Owen
"Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. There have always been dragons.... show more
"Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition. But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected. Such was Trondheim's fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds—armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard. Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!"
Publish date: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Pages no: 312
Edition language: English
Series: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (#1)
This is my favourite of E.K. Johnston's books so far. Read her fairytale retellings Spindle and Ten Thousand Nights or Tales or something (I think? It was Arabian Nights-based, anyways), but the tone and storytelling mode in this felt much less remote, more relatable... which, of course, being a mod...
3 Stars, don’t bother So I’m giving this a rating even though I’ve abandoned it at about 56% in. I feel like if you’ve read that much of it you can give it a fair rating. I picked this out because my son’s name is Owen and I usually love stuff with dragons in it. But honestly, I was bored to tear...
I found this a very comfortable and relaxing read. It's not that there isn't any action or something -- after all, this novel is set in our world with an alternate history that includes a dragon menace. Basically, dragons have always existed and not only breathe fire, but are unhealthily (for bot...
I really enjoyed this one; it’s best for the kind of reader who likes books that take their time, with plenty of attention to details of world and character. It’s fresh, unexpectedly funny, and a bit heart-wrenching. I very much liked how Johnston resists the easy and cliched in favor of a more inte...
Loved this book. Was reading on a plane and saw the pages dwindling and tried to slow down. Didn't work. While this is a about a dragon slayer and there are dragons, it is more about a cast of characters which you will fall in love with.