The Royal Dragoneers

Rated 4.25/5 based on 16 reviews
An Ivory antlered demon, called Gravelbone, has a plan for the humans who are invading his territory. Join some brave young men and a particularly clever, magic-wielding girl, as they traverse the wild frontier, and sail the seas, to warn their king. Then hold on for your life, because the pure blood dragons they have befriended have a plan of their own! No matter what: Hold On To Your Dragon! More
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Words: 119,630
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452445144
About M. R. Mathias

M.R. Mathias rose from unknown to award-winning, best-selling author at a pace most authors can only dream about. He is a prolific writer of epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Despite his busy writing, publishing, and promotional schedule Mathias continues to aid his fellow indie authors by posting about their books at Twitter and Facebook etc.

He shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion in publishing The First Ten Steps. The book has become an important indie guide for navigating the often murky waters of using social media sites to get your eBook in front of avid readers.

Mathias has taken cross promotion to a new level in his "Indie Kindy" giveaways where he gives away a FREE Kindle Touch and or Kindle Fire loaded with independently published books. These events create a great deal of interest for the authors involved and to independently published books as a whole.

It is a pleasure working with M.R. Mathias and watching his amazing run at the top of the Amazon best seller lists.
William R. Potter
Indie author
Founder of the Independent Author Network

"There are few writers in the genre of fantasy that can equal the creative mind of M.R. Mathias - now acknowledged as a master in this genre of dragons and dwarves, and magic, and spells, and all aspects of fantasy."
-- Top 100, Hall of Fame, Vine Voice, Book Reviewer, Grady Harp

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Reviews

Review by: Paul Derby on July 22, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was hard to put it down because the tale flows so smoothly that you really want to know what happens next. The characters are very well developed and believable which leads to the overall creditability and integrity of the story. Crucial to any fiction, and particularly to fantasy, is the author’s ability to have the reader suspend reality and immerse themselves into the story which M.R. Mathias has done extremely well. I will surely read the sequels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gerald Patrick on April 02, 2012 :
I found the story demanding of my time and hard to put down. My e reader has a "night" mode and I've used it often to finish this book. On finishing the book I immediately bought both sequels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Place on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Three stars for the Royal Dragoneers. It's a calculated story with a lot of information. I'd compare it to a complicated dish with a little too much flavoring I can't identify. The story is engaging and doesn't allow for much down time. It moves fast and it did feel a little over stimulated at times, but some people like that. A few areas for calmer character development would have allowed for a needed reprieve between all the action. Interesting twists, a steady tempo and an energizing cast make the overall read appealing. Are you a high energy fantasy lover? Yes? Then you'll like this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Al W Moe on Dec. 10, 2011 :
M.R. Mathias's “The Royal Dragoneers,” thrusts the reader immediately into a world of dragons, myths, mystery, and confusion. There is no gentle buildup or back-story to the times or the characters thrown together in the first chapter, just a full-gallop ride back to the days of kingdoms, magic, and dragons. Readers will find a unique, fast-paced, and substantial story; more than enough to whet their appetite and leave them hungry for more.

Mathias weaves a world where sixteen-year-old Jenka longs to follow in his dead-father’s footsteps as a King’s Ranger, a noble and respected position. However, Jenka learns that the much-feared dragons of the land are as tame and docile as the lions of Aesop’s Fables when granted a kindness. His revelation runs counter to the King’s beliefs and puts Jenka and his soon-to-be fellow warriors at odds with the Royal Order.

The steady fantasy narrative builds an expanding background of wild animals, trolls, the magical druida Zah, and enough battles to carry the readers’ interest from start to finish. Mathias has his own enjoyable, distinctive style and can be forgiven for occasionally forgetting to let the reader make their own discoveries instead of pointing them out in a manner such as, “Jenka looked down and saw that his bow was broken.”

Overall, the narrative is lively, the plot structure runs true and consistently throughout the book and the story is fun and far-reaching. Fantasy readers will enjoy this new land Mathias presents and will look forward to the next edition of the trilogy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Edward Kowalski on Sep. 19, 2011 :
Decent enough. A bit choppy in places. My daughter wants the sequel (but she's 12, so...). Worth the price.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laney Stealey on July 30, 2011 :
Adventurers, Druids, & Dragons! Oh my! Orcs & Trolls too! I enjoyed following each young person on their journey of self-discovery. Hidden powers exposed within one's self is a important theme throughout this book. M. R. Mathias delves into the soul of each human and dragon alike. Exposing the true emotions and feelings of the characters he pulls his readers in as they experience the adventures and hardships each character encounters and feels. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in The Dragoneers Saga!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: eStar Books on May 28, 2011 :
An enjoyable read, though I did feel that the dragons could have had a bit more depth? It was a bit long, but the author did manage a compelling story of good vs evil.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Andrea Thompson on May 15, 2011 :
I just want to start by saying, maybe this wasn't the book for me.
First, the things I liked about the book.The author did a very good job with world building. With the opening scenes in the forest, you become quickly thrust into the story. Very, very descriptive writing. There were also some likable characters. I liked Zah, Lemmy & mainly the dragons. The dragons ability to feel love and sadness were the only truly moving points of the story for me. The one thing that I can say I liked the best about the book was the dialogue. I actually laughed out loud in a few spots.
Some things that I struggled with. The Royal Dragoneers is told from many points of view. Moving back and forth so often caused me a challenge with really latching on to one particular character. I also felt that in some portions of the story, the description & world building went on a little too long, in particular one long scene describing a castle.
On the whole, I want to emphasize, for my tastes, The Royal Dragoneers was just an" okay" book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kara Malinczak on April 13, 2011 :
I don't even know where to begin. All you need to know is that it was awesome. Everything I have read(two books so far), by M.R. Mathias I have loved. I could not recommend this author to you more. If you are a fan of fantasy or stories about magic, or you loved Harry Potter, pick this one up. I feel like this book is right up there with J.K Rowling's writing. And we all know how great those books were. This author needs more recognition. I know he already has a lot of readers and fans. But I wish he was more well known. I wish I knew how to get him there. I suppose I could continue to sing his praises from the rooftops, but there is only so much little old me can do.

I tend to get attached to his characters. Then he has a way of pulling the rug out from underneath you and ripping them away and leaving you devastated. I didn't cry during this novel, not like the last one( I was bawling). But that doesn't mean I liked it any less. It was absolutely fantastic. I got quite attached to the dragons, not as much to the people, but I liked them as well. My two favorite characters were Jade and Herald. Kind of odd choices, and you would understand if you read it(go read it).

The book is very character driven, but that doesn't mean there isn't a plot either. Because the whole story is amazing. It goes by very quickly. And I definitely didn't want to put it down. He writes his characters so well. It's like he really knows the ins and outs of what a true fantasy character should be. Now I will admit, I am not a huge fantasy reader, and I probably won't be after this, but whenever he asks me to read one of his books, I just can't turn him down because I know I will get an amazing story out of it. The descriptions are perfect. He describes battle scenes as if they are actually happening as you are reading them. Dragons whirling and spiraling in the air, people falling from the sky, the glittering of dragon scales, a massive brick wall separating an entire region of land topped with archers and dragon guns...WOW. I need to take a breath. And now I am quite attached to both of his fantasy series and I will absolutely need to find out what happens next.

Bottom line is this: Pick this one up. I highly recommend it. It is an enjoyable read; honestly it's more than that, but there's only so many words in the English language I can use without sounding like a pretentious idiot. It's available on Amazon, Smashwords, AND Barnes and Noble. You have no excuse.

And yes, I reviewed this the same day or purchase, but I read this book last month. The review is posted elsewhere in many places. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Candy Rae on April 01, 2011 :
A thundering good read and good fun too. I liked it and I'm a very discerning reader. I will definitely buy more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tailspenn on March 16, 2011 :
Good read, a little long. Not as powerfull as I had hoped it would be.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Henry Christian on Jan. 31, 2011 :
An excellent book. I had a hard time putting it down. (Could I sue the author for sleep deprivation?)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Liviu Suciu on Nov. 17, 2010 :
INTRODUCTION: Not long ago I discovered M.R. Mathias, the author of The Sword and the Dragon, book that stayed in my memory despite seemingly being the traditional fantasy I tend to avoid; though of course there is a twist in the tale, but the crucial fact is that the author' style just resonated with me.

When I heard about The Royal Dragoneers, a more YA oriented series debut from the author, I was curious since occasionally YA books by authors whose style I like a lot also appeal to me. Here is the blurb, though I would say that it only partly reflects the essence the novel.

"After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable, dragon infested Islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame the Mainland they have found. But the Goblin King, an Ivory antlered demon called Gravelbone, has a different plan for the men who are invading his territory. He and his Nightshade are rallying the trolls to defend their lands. With the help of the dragons, goblins, and orcs they plan on rendering the wall the humans have built useless, so that they can drive man back to the islands from where they came. When stubborn King Blanchard finally accepts that the kingdom really is under attack it may be too late, and the only ones who can save the people on the Mainland have been locked away in the dungeon Join some brave young men and their mentor, a grizzled old King's Ranger, and a particularly clever young magic wielding woman, as they traverse the wild frontier, and sail to King's Island to warn the King of the warring trolls. Then hold on for your life as you tear through the pages, because the pure blooded dragons they have befriended have another plan all together."

FORMAT/CLASSIFICATION: The Royal Dragoneers stands at about 350 pages divided into five named parts and 39 chapters. The narration is third person and from several POV's. There is also a map of the Dragoneers' Lands which you can find online HERE.

Jenka De Swasso is a sixteen year old ranger's apprentice from the deep frontier lands who has an unexpected encounter with a dragon. Zahrellion (Zah) is a seemingly young looking and beautiful druida whose people tend to keep to themselves and study science and magic. Rikky is one of Jenka's friends who will have his own tale. Prince Richard, the popular dashing heir to the kingdom is seemingly the hero of a prophecy.

With a reasonable ending point, The Royal Dragoneers starts a YA-ish series of adventure, discovery and magic, written in the exuberant style of the author which is familiar from The Sword and the Dragon.

ANALYSIS: "Good" dragons, destined boys and girls, prophecies, princes, magicians (called druids) and witches with some of the funniest names in recent books like Linux and Mysterian, nasty demons, "bad" dragons, goblins, orcs, cackling villains and combat of the "my magic is bigger than your magic" type - all in a YA setting to boot; this seems another book I would run away as fast as I can from, but I actually enjoyed it a lot and read it in one sitting since it was very engrossing and I wanted to see what happens. I also reread it after to see the little things I have missed and get some clues where the action goes next. Why?

The major reason was the style of the author; hard to pinpoint the specifics but it just appeals to me and it makes me want to read his books. Luckily there is an extended excerpt (currently 36% of the novel) at the link above, so you can go and check it out for yourself. Narrative energy, earnest, likable main characters, a tone that is not ultra-dramatic or self important and a very well thought out world building are some of the conscious reasons that justify my statement above, but ultimately a lot depends if the book flows for you or not.

Regarding world building, little details that add up and show the carefulness mentioned are the number of generations from the shipwreck that populated the Dragoneers' Lands with humans, the rate of growth and expansion and its economic underpinnings, the historical memory or lack of such - 200 years is a long time too and much more plausible than the usual millennium or more that too often is thrown around in fantasies together with a steady state society.

Jenka may start as the typical destined boy, but he is modest and likable and he grows well into his role, while not becoming the know-it-all conquering hero that annoys me to no end in similar tales. The mysterious Zah remains, well mysterious, to the end of the book and I am curious to find out more about her and the druids and witches in general. Even the dragons have a twist or two, though you gotta read the book to find out about that.

Prince Richard and Rikky are less well developed and more "stock" to the end, but both bring their surprises too and the novel has the author's trademark twists on the traditional storyline and keeps one guessing where it will go. The action is fast and furious though from time to time it barely stops from descending into farce, when the "my magic is bigger than yours" becomes the sole reason for how the heroes escape this or that battle.

While The Royal Dragoneers (A) does not transcend its narrative space - YA exuberant adventure fantasy - it is a fun book that I heartily recommend if you want such and on par with anything from that space. The series has a lot of potential - there are geographical expansion hints, possibilities in the explorations of the world's magic, the whole dragons ecosystem that may offer surprises - and I am eager to see the next adventure M.R. Mathias will send our heroes on.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Nov. 03, 2010 :
M.R. Mathias’s The Royal Dragoneers takes place in a world of myth and mystery where dragons are ancient enemies, feared but rarely seen, and trolls and goblins roam the wilds. The scenes, a stag hunt, a rescue, a village, a town, build nicely onto each other creating a vivid picture of the world and its denizens. Meanwhile the dangers are nicely portrayed, new details gradually coming to light, till readers’ and protagonists’ assumptions fall to the onslaught of greater knowledge.

Sixteen-year-old Jenka grew up on the frontier, outside the massive wall that protects the realm, and far from the throne. He has always dreamed of being a King’s Ranger, and now his chance has come. But the world of kings and rangers is threatened, and the magical druida Zah might hold the key. King Blanchard might have a part to play too, or his son Richard, and the dragon Jade is waiting in the wings.

Supplies are measured and supply-routes detailed with care reminiscent of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth or R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones, though less weighty. A few unedited surprises lurk in the words, but many surprisingly down-to-earth images bring the world to life—a group of soldiers crying from the smell of rotten onions, an ogre like a large cherubic monster, dragon ballast protecting a boat through a raging storm.

Surprising wisdom and skills wait to be discovered in the youths of this tale. Fear and excitement abound as lines are drawn for the battle to come. Honor and power, love and revenge all have their part to play as magic spells, bright swords and dragons’ claws rake the flesh of friend and foe. The story comes to a well-drawn end, with promise of more to come in the next part of the trilogy—an epic tale, in length and in scope, and the start of an epic fantasy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: stuart taylor on Oct. 29, 2010 :
Hold on to your dragon! You're about to journey through a brave new world of hearty survivors straight into a dragon riding, troll fighting adventure for the ages.

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable, dragon infested Islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame the Mainland they have found.

But the Goblin King, an Ivory antlered demon called Gravelbone, has a different plan for the men who are invading his territory. He and his Nightshade are rallying the trolls to defend their lands. With the help of the dragons, goblins, and orcs they plan on rendering the wall the humans have built useless so that they can drive man back to the islands from where they came.

When stubborn King Blanchard finally accepts that the kingdom really is under attack it may be too late, and the only ones who can save the people on the Mainland have been locked away in the dungeon.

Join some brave young men and their mentor, a grizzled old King's Ranger, and a particularly clever young magic wielding woman, as they traverse the wild frontier and sail to King's Island to warn the King of the warring trolls.

Then hold on for your life as you tear through the pages, because the pure blooded dragons our heroes have befriended have another plan all together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tracey Alley on Oct. 21, 2010 :
M.R. Mathias has achieved what so many fantasy writers wish they could - something completely unique and original. You'll find few if any cliché's in this mammoth saga. Do not be at all put off by the length, it practically reads itself. Mathias has a wonderful manner of showing the reader the action in such a way you feel almost a part of the novel yourself.

Tight writing style, not too wordy or overly descriptive, obviously MR. Mathias follows the rule that 'less is more'. A thoroughly enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone. Even if fantasy is not your typical genre the characters and plot line are enough to engage almost anyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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