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The Saint of Dragons

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The Saint of Dragons

"… Dragons can be found in business, in politics; most are in charge of organized crime at the top levels. They can be found in every country on earth. Their men do their bidding now with knives and guns and bombs just like all criminals, but the Dragon has a special place in his heart for fire. They simply love fire, and can never get enough of it…"

Unlike the dragon in Christopher Paolini's ERAGON, the dragons in THE SAINT OF DRAGONS by Jason Hightman are very evil. They are not only bad, but they also have assumed certain human characteristics to help them blend into today's world. Therefore, trying to find them is not always an easy task. The last Knight of the Order of Dragonhunters, Aldric St. George, is determined to find the last dragon and save the world from its fearful hold. In order to do this, Aldric seeks out the son he had to abandon over 11 years ago.

Simon has no idea that he has "Dragonhunter" blood or that the poor-looking man who shows up at his boarding school, where he lives with the kindly lighthouse keeper and his wife, is really his father. As events unfold and Simon is caught up in a wild and dangerous adventure, he learns a great deal about both himself and the man he now calls "father." Simon tries to prove time and again that he is a warrior, only to place them in even more dangerous situations. In the end, however, it is Simon's trust, wits and cleverness that help save them. Simon St. George proves to be a true Dragonhunter after all.

The lovely Alaythia, who has magical abilities and is able to understand the dragon runes, shares their adventures. She also plays a major part in helping to fight the infestation of dragons, and eventually she lives with them --- continuing to study and hope for a way to communicate with the good dragons that might be left.

While all the dragons we meet in this story are truly evil, there is one dragon, the Black Dragon, who is won over by Simon's good heart. This powerful and ancient Black Dragon is the hope that somehow good dragons can once again be part of man's world. The exciting conclusion leads us to long for another grand adventure. Readers will be delighted to know that Hightman has more stories on the way. This is sure to be a successful series.

"Hope, after all, is the fire that burns forever."

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on September 1, 2004

The Saint of Dragons
by Jason Hightman

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2004
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Eos
  • ISBN-10: 0060540117
  • ISBN-13: 9780060540111