Dragon Lords Rising by Lucinda Hare

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A wave of panic washed over Quenelda as they failed to spy the mainland before darkness fell; freezing her to the marrow more than any sea wave could do. What had she been thinking of, hauling her friends and Storm out over the freezing ocean? What made her think that she could do the impossible? Find her father when the SDS had failed to… because of a dragon’s dream?

Dragon Lords Rising is the third book in Lucinda Hare’s Dragonsdome Chronicles, and three is, (as they say) the magic number. Picking up where Flight to Dragon Isle left off, we once again join the wonderfully named Quenelda and her troop (a battle dragon, a chubby dragon, a boy, a gnome and a dwarf) on her quest to rescue her father, Earl Rufus DeWinter. Don’t worry if any of this sounds unfamiliar. Hare includes a handy who’s who at the beginning of the book that means if this is your first time in Dragon Isle, you won’t be lost.

New and existing fans will love the places Dragon Lords Rising takes them. You’ll be able to see your reflection in the floors of the Stone Citadel and wish you could slide down the theme-park-like tunnel that leads to the Ice Bears underground world.

One of the best things about Hare’s series (and this book) is that there’s something for everyone in it. If you like magic, then take your pick. There’s the dark and dangerous Maelstrom magic (complete with a full-length spell), or Quenelda’s haphazard hit-and-miss magic (the complete opposite of the dangerous Maelstrom). For the fearless, there are plenty of scrapes and adventures to be had as the troop navigate battle-dragon Stormcracker on their quest. If you prefer tiaras over tunnels, then there’s the oh-I-wish-it-were-real ‘Foresight and Hindsight’s Exclusive Emporium’ (the one-stop-shop for Dragonsdome’s upcoming royal wedding).

Anyone who has read the first two books will be glad to know that time is still divided up into amazingly named segments (such as ‘at the hour of the dozy hedgehog’) and that characters still shout, ‘Newt and Toad!’ when surprised. This time round, though, the story is darker and there’s a moment or two (I won’t tell you which ones!) that’ll bring a tear to your eye.

I can tell you no more except strap yourself in when riding Stormcracker and keep Two Gulps Too Many away from those honey tablets…

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Our interview with Lucinda Hare

Lucinda Hare was born in Edinburgh and spent her childhood in rural East Lothian, where she spent much of her time roaming the beaches and woods. When she was eleven she was introduced to The Lord of the Rings, which combined [...]

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All reviews for Lucinda Hare's The Dragonsdome Chronicles series

The Dragon Whisperer

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Quenelda has always had a magical bond with dragons, and her greatest wish is to fly one and fight alongside her father in the war against the hobgoblins.Root, on th [...]

Series: The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 1
Published: 2009

Score: 92

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Flight to Dragon Isle

by Lucinda Hare

A brutal war against the united hobgoblin tribes rages, and Quenelda longs to accompany her hero Dragon Lord father into battle. But when the elite Stealth Dragon Services [...]

Series: The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 2
Published: 2010

Score: 91

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Dragon Lords Rising

by Lucinda Hare

A wave of panic washed over Quenelda as they failed to spy the mainland before darkness fell; freezing her to the marrow more than any sea wave could do. What had she been [...]

Series: The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 3
Published: 2012

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Stealth Dragon Services

by Lucinda Hare

The SDS must change if we are to survive. We have to become one people again, as we once were, who live and train and fight together. You have both demonstrated your abilit [...]

Series: The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 4
Published: 2014

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Published: 2015

Score: 101

Our rating: 10.0 | positive reader reviews

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