"A dragon rejected by his parents must make a new lfie for himself."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted February 11, 2008
Fantasy | Science Fiction
The Copper Dragon is crippled while battling a brother for
dominance of the nest. As the defeated dragon his is cast
out and encouraged by his mother to seek a new life
He is given no name since he is an outcast. The Copper
refuses to leave the cave and manages to survive by eating
rats and the things that fall off the shelf that holds his
the rest of his family.
One day while exploring, he is caught by dwarves and
tortured. One of the dwarves tricks him into betraying his
family. Their promise to allow his one sister to live is
broken and the Copper leaves the cave in despair.
The Copper is saved from death by some bats with whom he
forms a symbiotic relationship. In return for their
protection, he gives them blood periodically. The bats
will lead him to a land where dragons exist in great
numbers giving him a chance at a better life.
The dragons live a good life using humans as slaves. The
Copper uses his wits and intelligence to make a good life
for himself. Just as he is making a place for himself, the
king who allowed him to join the dragons is killed. The
Copper will seek to bring down those who committed the
atrocity and will find himself in peril.
This is a harsh look at the lives of dragons and presents
them in a way that makes them seem almost human. They are
driven by hate, fear, love and desires just like humanity.
Even the Copper is driven by hate and vengeance until he
discovers that his life will never improve unless he takes
the steps necessary to redeem himself. It was interesting
to watch him overcome the obstacles he faced as a cripple
in world of strong dragons.
Dragon Outcast continues E.E. Knight's thrilling
fantasy series about a brood of young dragon siblings-each
unique, each powerful, and each fated to battle the other to
the end. Here, the darkest of the dragons is introduced as
he strives to make himself the strongest-and the last-of his
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