I think alot of people who only go by the inside blurb of a book--which in this case is so-so, will be missing a really good book. That's why word of mouth is also important. And trust me, this is one good book!
THE LAST DRAGON by Silvana De Mari is the story of a young elf named Yorshkrunsquarkljolnerstir, or Yorsh for short, who finds himself suddenly orphaned and alone after his village is destroyed by torrential waters. He is the earth's last elf.
But he also finds he's part of a prophecy.
He sets out to find the last dragon, who is also part of a prophecy. He must be able to decipher the prophecy in order to save the world from the Dark Age that has begun.
Wait, I can hear it now. Prophecy? Last dragon? Last elf? Puhlease...
That's what I thought too until I started reading. I found myself wanting to know more about Yorsh and his journey. This book is very well written. I especially loved how the author continues Yorsh's quest to understand his part in the prophecy while he's stuck in a tower with a temperamental dragon, who demands to be read stories about princesses, among other things.
This book is sure to gain fans of other dragon related books. I'm going to lend my copy to my nine-year-old neighbor Adela, who loves dragon tales.