Grounded, a Dragon's Tale

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Crippled in a horrible accident, young Rumplewing must leave her dragon clan and seek death. When she discovers that outworlders are harvesting her planet's inhabitants, she vows to save her species from extinction. But first she must save herself. More

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About Gloria Piper

When working in biology, I missed art. When working in art, I missed biology. It took a bout of multiple chemical sensitivities to limit me to writing. At last here was a niche in which I felt old-clothes comfortable. At last I could indulge all my interests, from art and science to nature and spirituality, from reality to fantasy. My most recent awards range from honorable mention to editor's choice for my science fiction and fantasy writing.

I live in Northern California with my husband of late years who thinks I'm the most beautiful lady he's ever met and tells me a hundred times a day in a hundred ways how much he loves me.

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Leland Lydecker reviewed on on May 28, 2018

Grounded: A Dragon’s Tale follows a young dragon named Manycolors who has been burdened with the care of a flightless sibling. The narrative takes short breaks to focus on a human youth named Hote, who battles a mysterious illness as he works with the Watchers studying the dragons’ planet.

With its themes of misfit youngsters, youthful rebellion, and the looming threat of greedy poachers, I quickly formed suspicions regarding how the story might turn out. I’m thrilled to report that the author broke out of those tropes to create something unique, intriguing and unusual.

Manycolors’ burden robs her of everything she holds dear: her beloved companion groombug, Tweekie, and her ability to fly. Even after she is renamed Rumplewing in honor of her broken limbs and written off as a cripple by her clan, the young dragon refuses to give up. Her quest to regain her wings unites her with a scarred groombug who lost his dragon, and pulls her into contact with the planet’s human Watchers–and the poachers they oppose.

Meanwhile, Hote’s troubled relationship with his fellow researchers, and his estranged and abusive father, present an intriguing mystery.

"There is a box, like a kit. It has a doll that must be assembled. I can’t assemble it. It belongs to Radiant."

These are the thoughts that plague Hote, and they became stuck in my head as well. What did the box symbolize? Did it actually exist, or was Hote as unbalanced as the other Watchers believed?

What at first glance appears to be an idyllic fantasy turns out to be solid science fiction as the author gradually reveals how the world and its creatures work. The plight of Rumplewing and her planet, and the mystery of Hote and his box, come to a neat and satisfactory resolution as the story concludes.

This is a poignant tale that will pull you in and keep you turning pages all the way to the end. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend you do so!
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
xculletto reviewed on on March 29, 2017

I was uncertain what to think of "Grounded: A Dragon's Tale" after the first few pages, not sure whether or not the narration of the story would hold my attention. But only a few pages in, I was hooked. This blurb for this book outlines the story well, but what it doesn't tell is how thoroughly developed and original the dragons' world is, or how you'll find characters in the story that mirror people you know, or how the reader's emotions become so tied to Rumplewing's that they'll find themselves equally frustrated, despaired, or hopeful as a dragon. "Grounded: A Dragon's Tale" is a solid fantasy that anyone who appreciates a good story will enjoy.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
G Shafer reviewed on on March 28, 2017

Grounded: A Dragon's Tale is a great fantasy book for, in my opinion, all ages. I enjoyed it until the last page. It was refreshing to read something that was easy, well thought out, and -dare I say it- simple in the best way. I really enjoyed reading all of the different names for dragons and such that the author came up with. The story was easy to follow, which in my opinion is hard to do when creating a fantasy world. The emotion, the story line, the fact that I related to a mythical creature, is all proof that Gloria put her heart into writing this book.

The only thing that I didn't like was the formatting. The chapters didn't have a clean break, and the numbering between made it a little difficult to get a feeling of where I was in the book.

Otherwise, great job to the author! I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good dose of dragons!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Stjepan Varesevac Cobets reviewed on on Jan. 12, 2017

The writer Gloria Piper took me into the world of dragons, but not in the way I expected. Honestly, I thought it was this fantasy books, with dragons and heroes, but her world of dragons is something completely different. In the end, this is a great science fiction novel about a planet with dragons. The story begins with a young dragon Manycolors and its groombugs Tweekie. With unfortunate circumstances, dragon Manycolors while trying to teach flying a young dragon Brightwing, Manycolors fall to the ground and fracture his wings, and killed groombugs Tweekie. The tribe she gets a new name Rumplewing. Although it is not rejected from the tribe, she is aware that since can no longer fly, she knows that no longer belongs to the tribe. Since she cannot get his traveling companion groombugs, she decides to leave. At the same time, the station of the Watcher to his mother arrived boy Hote. Watcher from their hidden station, preserve and study the entire planet eco-system. With particular attention to studying the population of dragons because it is unique in the universe. Although Watcher wants to preserve the planet, dragons and the whole world will soon be found in mortal danger. Boy Hote and dragon Rumplewing are the only one who can save the planet from destruction. The writer elegant style draws us into the story and the world of dragons, the premise is full of surprises and events. The writer their writing takes us into the world in which every detail is slowly unraveling transforming into an interstate story about dragons. The book I would recommend to all fans of fantasy and science fiction.
"I received a free copy from the author without an obligation to review."
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

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