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As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel. Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement bec As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel. Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after a she's attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy. Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.


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As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel. Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement bec As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel. Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after a she's attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy. Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.

30 review for Daughter of the Serpentine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    This is the sequel to the wonderful Novice Dragonneer and continues to follow the young Illeth journey to become a Dragoneer. Illeth has come a long way from the first novel where she escaped the captain's lodge (an orphanage basically) to head to the Serpentine to become a Dragoneer. She arrives too late and spends almost two weeks on the doorstep refusing to leave. Now she on her way to becoming an apprentice. Once she becomes one she needs to provide herself with a sash. She tries so hard to This is the sequel to the wonderful Novice Dragonneer and continues to follow the young Illeth journey to become a Dragoneer. Illeth has come a long way from the first novel where she escaped the captain's lodge (an orphanage basically) to head to the Serpentine to become a Dragoneer. She arrives too late and spends almost two weeks on the doorstep refusing to leave. Now she on her way to becoming an apprentice. Once she becomes one she needs to provide herself with a sash. She tries so hard to make one and is humiliated time and again when she cannot have the funds to buy the material. She ends up having to get very creative in providing one that is accepted. She ends up in the horse troop which almost to me looks like slave labor but it does make her stronger in her resolve. She is then basically kidnapped by a governor for a time and then in unusual circumstances amid a very intense battle. The novel shows the grit of our wonderful Illeth. She embodies the idea that if you want something in life you have to work for it, no one is gonna just hand you your dreams. She is an inspiration and I can not wait to read more about her journey to becoming a Dragonneer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nia Dragin

    Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop Daughter of the Serpentine is the second novel in the Dragoneer Academy, continuing Ileth’s journey as an apprentice dragoneer. Character-Driven Story Much like with Novice Dragoneer, Daughter of the Serpentine is a character-driven story. This means that while not a fast-paced story, it is still made engaging by the characters. The story continues to follow Ileth as she continues her dragoneer apprenticeship. It is a good story that focuses on the characters an Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop Daughter of the Serpentine is the second novel in the Dragoneer Academy, continuing Ileth’s journey as an apprentice dragoneer. Character-Driven Story Much like with Novice Dragoneer, Daughter of the Serpentine is a character-driven story. This means that while not a fast-paced story, it is still made engaging by the characters. The story continues to follow Ileth as she continues her dragoneer apprenticeship. It is a good story that focuses on the characters and their dynamics. Daughter of the Serpentine is not a fast-paced novel, but it is also not a slow-paced novel either. Much like with Novice Dragoneer, reading Daughter of the Serpentine is like taking a leisurely jog. There are moments where the pace quickens near the end of the novel, making those scenes some of the more engaging scenes. However, what continues to give this novel substance is the characterization. It is very engaging to see Ileth continue to shine throughout this story. Knight strives to make the characterization engaging, and he succeeds because of how Ileth shines and grows. Ileth still has a stutter, which can sometimes be debilitating for her, but what is remarkable is how she continues to prove herself to her comrades how clever and resilient she is. So this makes the story incredibly engaging as far as the narrative goes. Knight showcases the respect she has earned, how the opinions of others change around her. What is more, is how Knight highlights the equality she gains from the Dragons. The fact that the Dragons give Ileth’s more consideration than they do other humans shows that they respect her more than they do other humans. It creates a strong connection between Ileth and the Dragons, foreshadowing how highly she will rise through the ranks of the series. Ileth honors these Dragons; she treats them as equals and with reverence. This also highlights how different she is from her comrades. Most of her fellow apprentices joined for a title and nothing more, and the Dragons know that. For Ileth, it was her love of Dragons, her admiration of them and Dragoneer’s that drove her forward. It gives Ileth more depth and connects her to the reader, seeing how loyal, kind, intelligent, and thoughtful she is. Storytelling As well as the storytelling goes, it is very intricate. Daughter of the Serpentine is a coming-of-age story that focuses on the coming of age aspect of Ileth’s journey as a dragoneer. However, once again, it is rather long. There is nothing wrong with a story being almost 500 pages; the only issue here is that the chapters run long. Given the politics going into the novel, the long chapters do not give the reader a moment to breathe and absorb the information given to them. The story’s pacing is not an issue, but it would have benefited the story much more if the author had decided to break up these chapters to give the reader a moment to breathe in and absorb all the information. Because there is much information going on in the story, there are many intricacies regarding politics and social upheaval. Knight is still building up the world for the reader, which is not a bad thing but with a character-driven story that is not fast-paced, it does run the risk of becoming tedious just because the reader isn’t having a moment to breathe. Final Thoughts Daughter of the Serpentine is not a fast-paced story, but it is still very engaging. It has a strong voice and enough strong characterization to keep the reader engaged. Just be warned that this is not some action-packed story with Dragons and battles. There is a battle near the end of the story, but the story focuses on growing Ileth, growing into her role, and proving to everyone that she can be a strong dragon apprentice. See more reviews at Cyn's Workshop and follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Spotify Podcast | YouTube | BookBub | Goodreads+ | LinkedIn

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate (BloggingwithDragons)

    I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars Daughter of the Serpentine is the follow-up to The Novice Dragoneer , one of my favorite books of this year. There is something uniquely comforting about this series—it wraps you in its magical atmosphere like a warm blanket. Even though I didn’t quite love Daughter of the Serpentine as much as its predecessor, I real I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars Daughter of the Serpentine is the follow-up to The Novice Dragoneer , one of my favorite books of this year. There is something uniquely comforting about this series—it wraps you in its magical atmosphere like a warm blanket. Even though I didn’t quite love Daughter of the Serpentine as much as its predecessor, I really love this series and ardently adore main character Ileth, her fight to overcome her station and stutter, and her journey to becoming a fully fledged Dragoneer.  My favorite parts of Daughter of the Serpentine are the parts where Ileth trains as an apprentice at the Serpentine. I love her relationship with her fellow trainees, and even those ranked above her. Something about her life in the Serpentine feels magical, akin to when I was a young girl reading The Song of the Lioness series. Author E.E. Knight makes it feel like anyone could train alongside Ileth, and with hard work, could also become a Dragoneer.  “There are two basic sorts of people. Those who try to change their situation for the better, and those who look around and seek out villains to explain life’s many, many disappointments and spend the rest of their life crying on the proverbial stump assigning blame. I believe very strongly you are the first type, rare in your sex and rarer still at your age.”* Especially interesting to me is that author E.E. Knight uses Ileth’s upbringing in a Lodge (basically a working orphanage) and her stutter to highlight the difference class, sex, and great Names make in actually achieving one’s goals. Ileth is discouraged by practically everyone with a mouth from her goal of becoming a Dragoneer due to her lack of a great Name, sex, and poor upbringing. She is encouraged to remain among the dragon dancers and to give up on her dreams. But she never lets this deter her, which I love. Poor Ileth doesn’t even have the money to buy herself an apprentice sash, and no one is going to give it to her. When her position as an apprentice dragoneer is threatened as a result, Ileth finds another—less legal—solution, and immediately owns up to it. This situation demonstrates everything I love about Ileth—she unabashedly makes the most out of what she has and makes no apologies for it—and her fierceness in a nutshell. Ileth doesn’t shy away from working as dragon dancer and simultaneously training as an apprentice. She’s physically exhausted from the demands of this lifestyle, but works harder than all of her counterparts combined. I love when she got paired up with the most notorious teacher of the Serpentine, dubbed The Horse. This teacher really puts her and all of the trainees through the paces, but also comes to recognize Ileth’s unique strengths. Every time Ileth brings someone around to recognize her determination and character strength, my heart sings right along with hers.  To Ileth’s dismay and my own, she spends a good portion of Daughter of the Serpentine away from the Serpentine, which is probably the main reason I didn’t like this novel quite as much. As much as I love Ileth, I love her relationship and interactions with the dragons, fellow trainees, and instructors the most. Despite this lack of dragon time, Ileth’s time away further highlights the class disparities in a pretty hilarious way, reveals more about Ileth’s mysterious past, and even finds Ileth receiving the deserving attention of a young man.  It is entertaining to see Ileth in such a different situation and gives me a bit of Jane Austen vibes. Plus, Santeel Dun Toot, Ileth’s high class friend with a great Name, gets involved and that girl is a veritable riot. To top it off, this sidequest, for lack of a better word, all leads up to an epic dragon battle with pirates, so I really can’t complain.  “'From the Serpentine’s perspective, it could hardly have gone better,' Dun Huss said. ‘Not a single dragon lost or crippled.' Ileth didn’t know if it was usually to speak only in terms of the dragons. She’d seen, now, the Academy’s method ensuring that a lost dragoneer could be replaced quickly.”* This battle with the pirates is Ileth’s first experience of war. Author E.E. Knight does a great job of depicting the harsh realities of battle without being overly gruesome or gory. Instead, the grim reality of death and destruction is dealt with in matter-of-fact way that is authentic. Daughter of the Serpentine skillfully and easily demonstrates how each person, and dragon, is affected by the war in different ways. Even unwavering Ileth is given pause by the the actual fight and the business-like approach to death and destruction, but of course, finds her mettle. "You'll understand, some day. You're the future of the Serpentine. I'd like to leave it, as we all must, in the right hands. With the right ideals."* In the midst of this battle with pirates, particularly thrilling to me is Ileth’s relationship with Aurue. Aurue, a young scaleless dragon, is like Ileth, a bit of an oddball. I love their kindred spirits and I can't help but to hope that will one day be Ileth’s dragon. It is hard not to be impatient for Ileth to become a fully-fledged Dragoneer because I feel she deserves it so much, but I am enjoying every bit of her journey to her lifelong dream becoming true. Even more so, I love this adventure of Ileth overcoming all obstacles through sheer force of will and watching the people around her come to realize and to appreciate her strength of character and greatness.  If you enjoyed  The Novice Dragoneer , love strong heroines or dragon riding stories, do not hesitate to pick up Daughter of the Serpentine. I can't wait to read future entries in the series. *All quotes are taken from an ARC and are subject to change. Bloggingwithdragons.com My Book Review Policy Connect with Me: |instagram||tumblr||twitter||pinterest||facebook||email|

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    I loved this book just like the first book, a lot happened, we learned more, and it was a really great read! Can't wait to read more! I loved this book just like the first book, a lot happened, we learned more, and it was a really great read! Can't wait to read more!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Wilkins

    It was wonderful. I laughed often. I couldn't put it down. I'm already aching for the next one. I love these characters, I love this world, and many of my grievances from the first are resolved (namely, Ileth now has female friends and is less catty in general). I would have given it five stars were it not for the fact that I can't quite decide if I'm being queerbaited or not. Santeel and Ileth continue to dance on the hairs breadth between best friends and romantic interests. I don't know if I'm It was wonderful. I laughed often. I couldn't put it down. I'm already aching for the next one. I love these characters, I love this world, and many of my grievances from the first are resolved (namely, Ileth now has female friends and is less catty in general). I would have given it five stars were it not for the fact that I can't quite decide if I'm being queerbaited or not. Santeel and Ileth continue to dance on the hairs breadth between best friends and romantic interests. I don't know if I'm reading too much into the relationship, and if I'm not, I don't know if there's any chance of this ship sailing given the lack of other queer characters and regularity of gender essentialism. If one day, they fall in love I will ammend my score. (Though if one day I decide I am being baited, I will reflect that also.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren loves llamas

    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ableism (MC has a stutter and is mocked or thought to be stupid because of it), violence (including gory deaths), misogyny (including shaming of sex workers), drug addiction, hazing (hide spoiler)] These books have absolutely gorgeous covers, and I love this one even more than Novice Dragoneer. I very much enjoyed the first book, so I was unbelievably excited to read an advanced copy of this one. And, wow, it was not a disappointment – it’s even better than the fi Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ableism (MC has a stutter and is mocked or thought to be stupid because of it), violence (including gory deaths), misogyny (including shaming of sex workers), drug addiction, hazing (hide spoiler)] These books have absolutely gorgeous covers, and I love this one even more than Novice Dragoneer. I very much enjoyed the first book, so I was unbelievably excited to read an advanced copy of this one. And, wow, it was not a disappointment – it’s even better than the first. As this is the second in a series, I would not recommend this as a standalone. “Through endless toil, people kept the dragons alive and the dragons kept the Republic alive.” Now sixteen, Ileth is an apprentice dragoneer, and the last member of her class of novices to advance. That’s not entirely her fault (courtesy of her stay as a war prisoner in the Galantine Empire, among other things) but it’s certainly making her life harder, from trying to find an apprentice sash to convincing the new Master of Apprentices that she wants to be in the Guards. Things go even more off-plan when a reconnaissance trip to the north with everyone’s favorite trio of dragoneers leads to startling revelations about Ileth’s past – revelations that may take her away from the Academy just when she’s needed the most. “There are two basic sorts of people. Those who try to change their situation for the better, and those who look around and seek out villains to explain life’s many, many disappointments and spend the rest of their life crying on the proverbial stump assigning blame.” This book roughly covers a year in Ileth’s life. Ileth at sixteen is a bit more world-wise than the girl who ran away to the Academy, and she does a lot more growing in this book due to both positive and negative events. Ileth still has a core of honor that drives all her decisions, but she’s also learning how to look critically at the world around her, including evaluating how the realities of the Republic don’t necessarily live up to its ideals. Everyone around her tells her to settle for being a dragon dancer until she can’t dance anymore, but Ileth’s dream is to be a dragoneer, even if her poor education, lack of a family name, and gender make it harder for her. Because of this, she’s also more skilled at getting those around her to live up to her idea of honor. I loved how Ileth never took the easy path instead of the right path. It’s so much fun to root for the underdog. “She dreamed of doing something that would be written about in a book someday, be talked about after she was dead, even if her part in it was forgotten with her name.” Unlike the previous book, where the core of the plot was Ileth finding her place at the Academy through various trials, this one has more of an overarching external plot line – someone at the Academy means Ileth harm. It still meanders in and out with a lot of the mundane workings of the Academy that I loved, including a long section where Ileth is trying to find a piece of white cloth to make an apprentice sash. Being the last of her class means that the usual ways to scrounge one up have all been used, so she ends up solving the problem in true Ileth fashion, 25% creative thinking and 75% sheer chutzpah. On top of the daily life of an apprentice bits, there’s a lot more action in this book, including several scenes of fighting on dragonback. Aurue, the scaleless dragon introduced in the first book, has a larger part in this book, though we also get to see other characters like Santeel Dun Troot (who is absolutely hilarious in a few scenes) and Dun Huss, Dath Amrits and the Borderlander. Some of the secrets around Ileth’s parentage are revealed, but those answers also bring up even more questions. I can’t wait to see what happens next! Overall, I thought this entry lived up to the first book, and I’m very much looking forward to reading Ileth’s next adventure! I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Daughter of the Serpentine is the second Dragoneer Academy novel by E.E. Knight. Released 17th Nov 2020 by Penguin Random House on their Berkley Ace imprint, it's 512 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. I've always loved epic character drive Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Daughter of the Serpentine is the second Dragoneer Academy novel by E.E. Knight. Released 17th Nov 2020 by Penguin Random House on their Berkley Ace imprint, it's 512 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. I've always loved epic character driven fantasy. This is an excellent and very well written addition to the genre. Despite being the second in a series, it worked very well as a standalone novel. The author is adept at providing the necessary backstory without info dumping or spoon feeding his audience. Protagonist Ileth is loyal, intelligent, and brave and despite being patronless, previously uneducated, and from a poor background, she shows she's willing to work for advancement without sacrificing her moral code to achieve her goals. Although ostensibly written mostly for the YA/NA audience, I found the narrative enjoyable and very readable and engaging (despite being neither young nor new myself). The technical detail of the writing itself is well controlled and exactingly constructed - the plot moves along at a very good pace and the plot never dragged or lost my interest. The author is clearly adept at his craft. This is a wide ranging novel with a large cast of characters. The author has included a list of dramatis personae at the end of the book (though I didn't find myself needing to consult it). I read this in the middle of a pandemic. As a healthcare worker, I have faced many long and unpleasant days trying to perform a challenging job under trying circumstances. Reading has been a sanity saver for me (and many of my colleagues). Epic fantasy in my particular case has been a lifeline and a relaxation from a very demanding daily routine. I devoured this book. It could partially be "right book at the right time" but I truly enjoyed this one and fully intend to go back and read the first book in the series as soon as possible. Five stars. This would make a superlative selection for lovers of fantasy, dragons, strong female character driven coming-of-age fiction, etc. Looking forward to more from this very accomplished author. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight is the second book in his fantasy Dragoneer Academy series. Daughter of the Serpentine picks up shortly after the last book left off, and continues to follow our heroine, Ileth’s, journey into this magical world of dragons. Ileth’s earned the respect of her peers in the last book, and is now an apprentice to a dragoneer, which has some pitfalls; she also continues to help with her dancing group. Ileth finds herself meeting new friends, as well as keeping Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight is the second book in his fantasy Dragoneer Academy series. Daughter of the Serpentine picks up shortly after the last book left off, and continues to follow our heroine, Ileth’s, journey into this magical world of dragons. Ileth’s earned the respect of her peers in the last book, and is now an apprentice to a dragoneer, which has some pitfalls; she also continues to help with her dancing group. Ileth finds herself meeting new friends, as well as keeping her old ones. When a request comes from a Lord claiming to be her father, she is forced to leave the academy and spend time with her powerful and wealthy father and his wife, which changes things for her (having grown up poor). But in time, her friend Santeel will visit, and together they work on the father to allow Ileth to return to her training to become a dragoneer. Ileth continues to be a wonderful heroine, who is smart, savvy, loyal and always willing to go beyond. I loved how she made friends with Aurue, a young Dragon, who befriended her. I hope in future books, perhaps in time she will become his dragoneer. But it was great to follow her journey, meeting new friends and dragons, as well as riding one of the dragons back home. With a war on the horizon, Ileth will have to step up to help, proving how good she has become, even at the age of 17. Daughter of the Serpentine was an excellent story line, with a wonderful heroine, very good secondary characters, dragons, exciting and action packed. As I had said in my previous review, I thought there was a bit too much details that slowed down the story a bit. I did enjoy the book and look forward to finding out where EE Knight is going to take us in the next book. If you enjoy fantasy, dragons, training, and a wonderful young heroine, I suggest you read this series. Barb The Reading Cafe

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own. I kept putting this book off until the last minute because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it ended up not being as great as the first book. Although I enjoyed the characters, I just wasn’t feeling the plot as much. It didn’t live up to the first book but I still liked it for the most part. Ileth is back and is just as determined to become a dragoneer. In this book her role changes a lot since she is no lo Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own. I kept putting this book off until the last minute because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it ended up not being as great as the first book. Although I enjoyed the characters, I just wasn’t feeling the plot as much. It didn’t live up to the first book but I still liked it for the most part. Ileth is back and is just as determined to become a dragoneer. In this book her role changes a lot since she is no longer a novice. She also doesn’t do as much dancing for the dragons for either. It was nice to see her do other tasks and socialize with more people. We also get to see her more humorous side! Old and new characters make there way into the plot. The dragons are still there but I also felt they kind of were on the backburner for this book. I missed reading about Ileth and the dragons together. There are still some moments but they are few and far between. The plot for this book involves a new threat. From the prologue we get a glimpse and it definitely piqued my interest. The thing is, the pacing is on the slower side and it takes awhile for it to pick up. I’m glad I at least enjoyed the characters because otherwise it would have been a bit hard to get through this one. The ending felt a bit rushed and I didn’t like how most of the newer characters were just there for plot twists. I never grew a connection with them so I didn’t care what happened to them. 🤷‍♀️ Overall, I liked it but it was still a bit of a letdown. I will still continue on with this series because I would like to see where it goes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Adventurous. Fantastical. Daughter of the Serpentine is book two in the Dragoneer Academy series. Ileth is now an apprentice. She still is proving herself to everyone there. She isn’t afraid to work hard. Her dream is to be a dragoneer with her own dragon. A lot of obstacles are thrown her way, along with political matters. Ileth must make choices and hope she is doing the right thing. I was excited to read more about Ileth! She is a survivor and I wanted to know what adventures she would find her Adventurous. Fantastical. Daughter of the Serpentine is book two in the Dragoneer Academy series. Ileth is now an apprentice. She still is proving herself to everyone there. She isn’t afraid to work hard. Her dream is to be a dragoneer with her own dragon. A lot of obstacles are thrown her way, along with political matters. Ileth must make choices and hope she is doing the right thing. I was excited to read more about Ileth! She is a survivor and I wanted to know what adventures she would find herself on in book two. The pacing of the story is slow. I had to start and stop numerous times. I struggled through most of the beginning of the book. I felt a lot of the scenes and information were more filler than actually advancing the plot and could have been left out. The story picks up around 60% and I am there for it! There is action and dragons! A bit of romance and of course, some sort of betrayal. I find it interesting how Ileth always seems to find herself in certain situations and always ready for adventure. A brave one she is! As a whole, this book is entertaining and a wonderful follow up to the first book. The book is well written and I love the world building along with the characters. Oh and DRAGONS!! I can’t wait for the next adventure Ileth will have! I give this 4 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Before we get started, in case you are interested, I also reviewed the first book in this series, Novice Dragoneer. We start this new book where the last one left off. Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, which pretty much means having to do a LOT more work. But since her true love is dragons, she is more than willing to lose sleep and expend vast amounts of energy for their benefit. She really does have an admirable work ethic. I’m worn out just reading about it. She is a great character, hard w Before we get started, in case you are interested, I also reviewed the first book in this series, Novice Dragoneer. We start this new book where the last one left off. Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, which pretty much means having to do a LOT more work. But since her true love is dragons, she is more than willing to lose sleep and expend vast amounts of energy for their benefit. She really does have an admirable work ethic. I’m worn out just reading about it. She is a great character, hard working, principled and sincere. She makes mistakes, but it’s easy to see why she has begun to really attract notice and respect from dragoneers and teachers alike. She’s not afraid … ok scratch that … she does have a healthy amount of fear, especially when thrust into battle, but she is ultimately valorous. There is also a certain young dragon who I REALLY hope ends up paired with her in the end. I really love him. This book has all the same things I loved about the first one. Adventure, dragons with distinct personality, found family, a good cast of characters and enough intrigue to keep the plot moving forward in new and interesting ways. I am looking forward to the next book. I think this is a trilogy?? Maybe more? I’ll be reading that’s for sure. Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    E.E. Knight continues the very enjoyable tale of Ileth, Daughter of the Serpentine (ebook from ACE) a very poor girl at the Serpentine Academy who is now an apprentice and unable to afford the sash for her uniform. This is a world of intelligent dragons who are considered citizens of the Republic. While I didn’t read the first tale in this series, I was soon caught up in Ileth’s problems and friends, including some of the dragons. The Republic’s trade has been destroyed by pirates. She discovers E.E. Knight continues the very enjoyable tale of Ileth, Daughter of the Serpentine (ebook from ACE) a very poor girl at the Serpentine Academy who is now an apprentice and unable to afford the sash for her uniform. This is a world of intelligent dragons who are considered citizens of the Republic. While I didn’t read the first tale in this series, I was soon caught up in Ileth’s problems and friends, including some of the dragons. The Republic’s trade has been destroyed by pirates. She discovers this when Master Trasker assigns her a report on the local problems, and she finds filed battle plans to deal with the problem. Later Governor Raal of the North Provence has her pulled from her duties because he claims her as his daughter. The raid eventually happens and she loses some friends in the skirmish. I’m going to buy the first book and wait eagerly for the next tale.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press

  13. 4 out of 5

    NiteHaze

    4.25 I genuinely loved coming back to this world with these amazing characters but I must acknowledge that the slow pace slice of life aspects of the book was jarring to go back to especially after the heist at the end of book 1. But I also feel like the 5 stars (it was amazing) is earned because at the end of the book I took a mental step back and I have to admit that I am interested in how E.E Knight is maneuvering his characters and I will listen to the next book of the series as soon as it c 4.25 I genuinely loved coming back to this world with these amazing characters but I must acknowledge that the slow pace slice of life aspects of the book was jarring to go back to especially after the heist at the end of book 1. But I also feel like the 5 stars (it was amazing) is earned because at the end of the book I took a mental step back and I have to admit that I am interested in how E.E Knight is maneuvering his characters and I will listen to the next book of the series as soon as it comes out. Knight is extremely talented in crafting out a world that fleshes out not only Ileth but also the many characters (including the dragons) around her but I must admit that I craved more action. Personally I think that there is also no way that this series is going to be a trilogy. E.E Knight is playing a slow pace strategic game (I can't even compare it to chess or the in world game of Kew because those games see more action lol) which I think can go up to 6 books and I am actually excited to see of Ileth and the world around her evolves. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Apprentice Dragoneer Ileth is back! After spending the last year or so imprisoned in Gallantine lands, Ileth is the last novice in her class (known as drafts) to make apprentice. She's a dragon dancer but still has her heart set on someday becoming a full dragoneer (dragon rider). In the first book we get to see what is south of the Serpentine, namely the Gallantine lands. In this second book we get to see more of the north, where Ileth was raised in the charity lodge (orphanage). Can't wait for Apprentice Dragoneer Ileth is back! After spending the last year or so imprisoned in Gallantine lands, Ileth is the last novice in her class (known as drafts) to make apprentice. She's a dragon dancer but still has her heart set on someday becoming a full dragoneer (dragon rider). In the first book we get to see what is south of the Serpentine, namely the Gallantine lands. In this second book we get to see more of the north, where Ileth was raised in the charity lodge (orphanage). Can't wait for book three! Highly recommended for coming-of-age fantasy dragon school fans and series fans!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I loved this! I had high hopes for this second installment and wow did it deliver. What I love about the worlds Knight creates are the people and their stories. He doesn't spend endless pages on battle, gore, and action which has it's place but many authors tend to do way too much blow by blow coverage that goes on endlessly. Knight gives you the highlights and moves on and I appreciate that. I want to get lost in the story and his style of writing achieves that superbly. I know this is hot off I loved this! I had high hopes for this second installment and wow did it deliver. What I love about the worlds Knight creates are the people and their stories. He doesn't spend endless pages on battle, gore, and action which has it's place but many authors tend to do way too much blow by blow coverage that goes on endlessly. Knight gives you the highlights and moves on and I appreciate that. I want to get lost in the story and his style of writing achieves that superbly. I know this is hot off the presses so I have to wait patiently for the next chapter in Ileth's life but I already can't wait and look with eager anticipation to the next book's release date.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Candice Ryan

    I found this tale adventurous and exciting. The story is unique, and I found myself swept away into a land of pirates, dragons, and peril. I definitely would recommend this book to young and old readers alike. A very engaging story that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    3.5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarai Henderson

    Ah, back with Ileth. She is one bad ass woman. I really enjoyed this story. It was choked full of dragons and pirates, and of course an adventure or two. We finally have some back story to our character and the world is built around us even more. A wonderful world that I can picture in my head. If you love dragon lore, then this would be the book for you. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Sara | Book Confessions of an ExBallerina Ah, back with Ileth. She is one bad ass woman. I really enjoyed this story. It was choked full of dragons and pirates, and of course an adventure or two. We finally have some back story to our character and the world is built around us even more. A wonderful world that I can picture in my head. If you love dragon lore, then this would be the book for you. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Sara | Book Confessions of an ExBallerina

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  21. 4 out of 5

    Babar Bashir

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raechel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tineke

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adriaensen_michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ron Judenberg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marcio

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Morris

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