Draconia: Forging Trust by F.J. Hansen
Approx. 79,630 words.
Published on November 15, 2010.
Humans arrive on Draconia hoping to establish a colony when they encounter the dragon-like natives. A violent misunderstanding sparks suspicion among the dragons. As tensions escalate, Audwin McClance, an ensign on his first mission, and Varthikes, an adolescent dragon, form a fast friendship and struggle for a peaceful coexistence between their two kinds.