Written by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Rebecca Guay
Peel: Long ago humans got rid of all the dragons from the island of May, little did they know an egg survived. Now they have to find a hero to eliminate the last dragon.
This is a rather amusing take on the typical evil dragon story, and *gasp* the mentor of the hero is female. It was a pretty quick fun read, and the humor was oriented towards a younger, 12-14, audience. It was also a coming-of-age story. The art was gorgeous, and the much stronger half of this graphic novel. The colors were muted giving the story a very dreamy feel, and I’m sure the art is even better in print as I viewed an electronic version. Overall, I found the pictures more intriguing than the textual story.
The dragon itself had less of a role in the story than one would expect from a story titled The Last Dragon. I found it a bit jarring to see some of the humor, like an older brother saying ‘cool’ when his baby brother is taken by the dragon, set in such pretty delicate artwork. As a warning there is mention of death, but it’s not illustrated.
Nibble: “The isles ran red and dark with dragon blood till all of them were gone. Or so the humans believed.”
I would recommend this in print as an illustrated bedtime story to pre-teens and young teens.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 burnt red apples
I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, Dark Horse, via NetGalley.