The Dragon of Trelian (Trelian Series #1)

The Dragon of Trelian (Trelian Series #1)

by Michelle Knudsen


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Part of Michelle Knudsen’s exciting fantasy trilogy — in a luminous paperback edition

Calen, a lonely young mage-to-be, never dreamed that Princess Meglynne would become his friend. And impulsive Meg never imagined that tending a baby dragon would “link” her to the creature — for life. Can a girl, a boy, and a dragon merge their magic and strength to bring down a powerful traitor in time to save the kingdom of Trelian?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694548
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Trelian Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 585,011
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Michelle Knudsen is the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling Library Lion, illustrated Kevin Hawkes, She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Dragon of Trelian 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SignyTiner More than 1 year ago
This is one book that both my son and daughter could not put down!! The best part for me was getting to listen while they discussed the story over dinner. Tonight they were talking about what they hoped would happen if there were a sequel. Here's hoping there will be!!
JenniferLaw More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in a long time! I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to read it in a few years. If you liked Harry Potter, you will LOVE this book even more. Buy it as soon as you can.
FantasyLoverMD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It's such an original story in, very well written and paced with a little bit of everything - adventure, drama, romance, comedy...and of course, a dragon! I know it is intended for younger readers, but even as an adult I found it a great read. The characters are engaging and likable, the story is interesting and takes unexpected turns, and the world Ms. Knudsen creates feels both historically familiar and yet magical. I highly recommend it to both adults and young readers.
sltm22 More than 1 year ago
This book is very thrilling and suspensoinal. It is a wonderful fantasty full of kindoms, magic, betayal, friendship, responsibility, adventure, determination, puppy love, and of course, dragons! I would recomend this book to anybody looking for an action-packed fantasty story. Knudsen made the two characters, Meg and Calen, full of rich emotion which is a terriffic quality in any book hoping to earn a place on the bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know a good book when I see one, and frankly, this isnt even good! Its AMAZING! It keeps me on edge wanting to read it and feeding on the goodness of this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You gotta read it!
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DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!!! The back cover of the advance reader copy says that this is Michelle Knudsen's fiction debut - wow!!! I wrote a quick note when I first started reading this book - just to say how excited I was about it. Now - I have finished it and don't have room to say enough good things about it. This book is a wonderful story about friendship, family, trust, discovery, vision, mystery, spies, coming of age, responsibility, and what it truly means to be your own person. I enjoyed every page and am hoping that there is more to come.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Calen, an apprentice mage, and Meglynne, the third princess of Trelian, seem to have little to draw them together. But the two make a firm friendship in the face of an unspecified threat to the kingdom. The two of them, plus the dragon of the title, embark on a dangerous quest to save Meg's sister from death and prevent a war.I liked Meg as a character and was intrigued by her link with the dragon, Jakl. It was also a nice twist that she is the impulsive, passionate one while Calen was the thoughtful, careful one.This book seems to be the first in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the next one. A fun book for readers who enjoyed Harry Potter, Fablehaven, and the younger readers of Eragon.
MDLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
BRAVO! Ok, first let me say that I devoured this book in a weekend, and that is only due to the fact that I couldn't put it down. It had that draw that kept me wanting more. I still want more!This book has everything a YA (or older) fantasy lover could ask for. Magic- good and evil, a young wizard, a princess, likeable AND believable characters, dragons!! and a plot!For a fictional debut, I'd say that Michelle Knudsen kinda nailed it. I am just hoping that there is more to come for Calen and Meg.
little_prof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part "Princess Bride" and part "The Black Cauldron" this novel is a wonderful romp through fantasy and adventure. Calen is a mage's apprentice who sneaks off whenever he can to watch the hustle and bustle of a castle gearing up for a royal wedding. Meg is a princess who has snuck off to watch the hustle and bustle from outside rather than in the midst of it. These two bump into each other in a deserted guest room and a friendship born of accidental life saving and well timed shin kicking begins. Meg has a secret. A large, scaley, fire breathing secret. Well, ok, so the dragon cant' breathe fire yet, but he will when he grows up. It's just up to Meg and Calen to make sure that Jakal gets to grow up without the guards finding him. Surely, this is enough for an apprentice and a princess to deal with. But when they overhear a plot that could ignite war they have a lot more to deal with. Now they have to save a kingdom and a dragon.
lefty33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Far and away the best book I've received through the Early Reviewer program. I truly couldn't put it down. Initially, I was interested in the book simply because it involved a dragon. I have read many dragon books and am always looking for a new good one. This is a new good one. I loved the characters, each of which was incredibly lifelike. Knudsen took the effort to give her characters -- even the minor ones -- such individual personalities that they were each identifiable by their traits, not just their names. Calen and Meg were a wonderful pair. They offset each other perfectly right from chapter one and I loved reading their adventures as they grew to be closer friends. The differences in their positions was brilliant. I enjoyed being exposed to the world of a mage's apprentice, watching Calen come into his powers, and then entering Meg's world of royalty, particularly reveling in her growing connection with Jakl. The story is beautifully told with adventure, suspense, love, revenge, and forgiveness combined into an outstanding fantasy that has earned a spot on my "favorites" shelf. I am already hoping for a sequel!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: children's fantasy about dragons? Need I say more! Comments: Calen is the apprentice to the rather surly palace mage, Serek. One day while loitering about instead of gathering herbs he meets the Princess Meglynne out for her daily jaunt in peasant clothing. They become friends and she shares her darkest secret with him. She has a young dragon hidden nearby! But as the dragon is reaching adolescence Meg is having strange experiences, she can feel what the dragon feels when she is away from him and she seeks Calen's help in gathering knowledge about dragons from the mage's library. Together they explore this strange phenomenon but meanwhile the kingdom is under a secret attack from the inside that Meg and Calen accidentally discover on their own. Will they be able to out the traitor before all is lost?I have to admit this started slowly and I wasn't immediately taken with it. I kept having feelings of deja vu which leads me to say the plot is rather cliched and I knew what was going happen before it happened throughout the entire book. But, that said, I'm not saying this was not worth the read. The story does pick up eventually and Calen and Meg are two very likable characters. I enjoyed them both and found their relationship with each other to be on an equal footing, neither was the smart one, which is always refreshing to see. In fact, this is probably one of the best male/female relationships I've read in a children's book lately. They are very natural with one another, the boy/girl issue is never raised, they are equal people and there is no romance. Very enjoyable dynamics between the two.As I said, the plot didn't really grab me, it was just ok. But then it was enough to keep me reading the full 400+ pages! The last two chapters are full of foreshadowing that there is no doubt that there will be a sequel. The plot does end nicely and a sequel is not called for to finish the plot but as the foreshadowing reminds us there are plenty of loose strings that could do with tying up. I'm recommending this one for ages 8-12 as I don't think it will hold the interest of teens. (But that doesn't include adult readers of children's books!) While not quite living up to my expectations, a good enough book, and I'll certainly be waiting for the next book to read more about Calen and Meg.
avanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About halfway through the book, I had to stop reading to do laundry. Walking to the laundry room, I caught myself thinking, "How is it so good?" Then my boss called and I was interrupted from my chore for a while. Upon returning to the laundry, I realized that all I could think about was what was happening in the story and what would happen next.I'd like to congratulate Michelle Knudson on writing an engaging, fast-paced fantasy that is neither overly simplistic nor overly weighed down with unnecessary fantasy lore (which few authors have successfully implemented). I recently found myself straying away from dragon novels because they are too often poorly done. Knudson, however, appears a master at crafting a fantastical creature that readers will want to relate to, without making the dragon too human itself.The story follows a young "feisty" princess and a mage's apprentice as they attempt to save loved ones, kingdoms, and their world. We are accompanied by a mysterious mage (magician), sisters of all personalities, a completely understandable crush, and evil in numerous forms.The only criticism I have is a failure to announce the characters' age. While I correctly guessed 14, I felt that putting the characters at the correct age (even approximate age) would have helped the characterization move just a little bit faster (it was finally confirmed on page 125).All in all, a wonderful, quick read for readers craving a little more fantasy in their lives.
Ancientgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun fantasy novel for kids which will appeal to fans of Sherwood Smith's Wren books, Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest series, and Ella Enchanted. The main characters are Calen, and awkward magician's apprentice, and Meg, a spunky princess who just happens to be bonded with a dragon, Jakl. When they discover a treasonous plot, they join forces, and must use abilities they never knew they had.The characters here are appealing, and while the fantasy world is pretty typical, Knudsen's treatment of it has a fresh feel. I like that, of the two protagonists, Meg is the braver, but Calen's no wimp, just someone whose abilities have never been put to the test. This seems to be the first book in a series, which is good because I'd like to know more about the Magistratum and how magic works in this world. It's also refreshing, particularly in a fantasy written for kids, that the villains are not broadly drawn caricatures, but feel like real people just like the heroes do.
Hermee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a gem of a story and one of my top faves this year. I love the note it ended on because it left the door wide open for a series and this is too good a story to end here. Michelle Knudsen's style of writing is like trying on an unbelievably comfortable pair of slippers - so easy to sink into that I found myself going "just one more chapter" even as my eyes were closing. What I pictured was an adventure story about a dragon, but added to the mix is mystery, suspense and even romance, which came as a very unexpected and welcome surprise, especially since what I thought at first was leading to a predictable conclusion ended up being anything but.The story revolves around the separate lives of Calen, an apprentice mage, and Princess Meg, whose paths cross unexpectedly, resulting in a bond of friendship. Meg's sister, Maerlie, is about to be married to Prince Ryant, the union of which would bring peace between Trelian and Kragnir, which have been at war for some time. Shortly after Meg introduces Calen to her dragon, Jakl, Calen discovers he has unforeseen powers as a mage, which are put to the test in an assassination plot against Meg's sister, Maerlie, which could result in a war. It is up to Calen and Meg, together with Jakl, to find a way to prevent the traitors from achieving their goal.What I loved the most was the relationships, especially that of Calen and Meg, which appeared more developed than Meg's and Jakl's, although this is mainly due to Meg's shielding of Jakl for so long. Each draws strength from the other, especially in times of need, which balances out their relationship so perfectly that they almost seem as one.My only regret is that the story ended. I cannot wait for the next one. Have been raving about it to everyone so with all the extra sales Ms. Knudsen should get, I hope it is not too long before book two is on the shelves. In the meantime, I give this one five stars.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When apprentice mage Calen and Princess Meglynne encounter each other (both hiding from their respective responsibilities), a fast friendship is formed. Both children were lonely and isolated by their positions, and they soon find themselves sharing secrets. Meg has a big secret -- she discovered a young dragon in the woods near the castle, and she has been hiding it in a cave ever since. In fact, Meg and the dragon Jakl have formed a magical bond. They are, in fact, linked for life, whether they meant to be or not. Calen resolves to help keep Meg's secret, and he begins to research the dragon linkage in hopes of helping her manage it. Even bigger than this dragon-size problem, however, is the plot of an evil mage who is plotting war and murder. When Calen and Meg stumble upon this plot, their lives are in danger -- and they are the only ones who can sound the alarm and stop the plot from wreaking havoc in Meg's family and her kingdom.This is a fun fantasy read -- though I found myself enjoying it a little less as a reread than I did at first. Perhaps that's because it's not highly original, as far as the plot goes. I like the characters, and I think Meg's conflicted feelings about her link with Jakl are particularly well-done. Some of the secondary characters (Meg's parents, for instance) are a bit flat, while others (Serek, the mage Calen is apprenticed to, in particular) are intriguing. It's a good solid read, and I'd recommend it to fans of middle-grade fantasy, especially those who like the Dragon Slippers books by Jessica Day George and A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine.
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FantasyPhanatic2 More than 1 year ago
&quot;The Dragon of Trelian&quot; book is a fresh tale of fantasy for the genre. I would recommend this book to anyone, as it is light on violence, but still has the theme of magic installed within. The only real thing that bothered me was the fact that I did not get the cover image that is shown above, instead I got something that looks like an illustration for a children's book. But don't get me wrong. Buy this book. I can promise you that if you are a fantasy lover, that you will enjoy it.
madame_librarian More than 1 year ago
This was an average book, nothing to make it stand out in my mind. We have the standard plot of warring kingdoms marrying a son and a daughter to end the war. We have someone who does not want to see the war end, concoting an evil plot, and two teenagers discovering the plot and trying to solve it. There were elements that should have made it stand out, like the dragon, but they didn't succeed. Since dragon is in the title I thought he would be a large part of the story. It wasn't. That was one of the main reasons I picked up the book, but we brush over the bond Jakl and Meg have and he really is only featured as transportation and a tiny part at the end. A lot of the magic is only touched on, and a few times I would liked to have an explaination of why things happened. Calen and Meg are the only characters that are fleshed out at all, Meg's sisters and parents, and Calen's master are all just figures that are not explained. I was left wondering about Calen's master, why was he so aloof? Then right at the end another bad guy is introduced and the story itself says only the battle is won, not the war. They know the bad guys will show up again. I, however, will not be picking up the next story.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Calen, a mage's assistant, just wants to see the royal procession as it approaches, and he's not the only one. Princess Meglynne had the same idea. The two become friends, and Meg asks Calen to meet her again. She wants to share a secret with him. When they meet again, Meg shows Calen her dragon and begs him to help her learn more about the rare creatures. What calen discovers horrifies him: Meg and the dragon are linked. Should one be killed, the other will die. That is not the worst of Calen and Meg's troubles, however. They stumble onto a traitorous plot that threatens the peace of the kingdom and their lives. They must work together to prove what the traitor is plotting before it's too late for everyone. I found this book a lot of fun. It took a while to get going, but once it did, I couldn't put it own. I rather enjoyed Calen and Meg's characters. Michelle Knudsen did a wonderful job with them. Calen is smart and cautious, and Meg is passionate and headstrong. I also enjoyed the way Knudsen showed magic in her book. It was creative and fresh. I will give a caution to those who do not like to read books about mage magic, as this book was full of it, including a lesson about reading cards. What I found interesting was that there was a cost for the magic. It wasn't just endless wand waving, the characters used a great deal of physical power to cast spells, and then they were tired and useless. There are some nice themes in this book: friendship and mercy. There is no faith element, but this is still an enjoyable story.