The Little Dragons

Rated 4.88/5 based on 8 reviews
Life in the Kingdoms is lived at night when Dragons sleep. Mother Peg, Healer of the Earth People, searches for the secrets of the Dragon Priestesses and their Little Dragons, who once kept the people safe. So does powerful King Anglewart of the Westlands, whose fathers killed them. Others are drawn into their quest, into danger, not only from Dragons, but from their antagonism towards one another More
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About Rowan Starsmith

My “real life” name is Anne Bishop. As Anne, I am the author of seven non-fiction books, including one that has been published in five countries. The fact that I share my name with at least two other published non-fiction authors gives rise to occasional questions, but has not been a problem. When I decided to experiment with writing fantasy fiction, however, my name became an issue. As many readers of fantasy will know, Anne Bishop is a well known American fantasy writer with thirteen novels to her credit, including the well-known Black Jewels Trilogy. She has also copyrighted her/our name. For the past two years, I have been attending readings and taking part in discussion about fiction writing in Second Life, a user-created virtual world where my name is Rowan Starsmith. So, when I decided to put my experimental fantasy novel out there for others to share, I took Rowan Starsmith as my nom-de-plume.

As Anne, I live in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. In summer, my partner and I raise vegetables, fruit, chickens and sheep. In winter, I write and edit. In 2016, I won the Nova Scotia Writers' Federation's H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize for an unpublished adult novel. Under the Bridge will be published in the spring of 2019l. All year I spin and knit yarn and operate an online wool shop.

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Zippy001 reviewed on Oct. 10, 2018

Excellent book. Really nice to have fantasy book that isn't scared to tackle adult themes and real life issues.
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andrew mancey reviewed on March 27, 2017

Good read.
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sprinklerman22 reviewed on March 23, 2014

excellent story, great characters, can't wait for the continuation!
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Deborah Waller reviewed on Feb. 2, 2014

This is a beautifully written and fabulous story. I thought the characters and way the story followed them through this book was really well done.

Rowan is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more.
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Kathleen Swinney reviewed on Sep. 6, 2013

This is the most delightful book I've read in a long time, and believe me,as a disabled retiree, I read a LOT. Nothing in the plot seemed too far fetched nor ridiculous as can sometimes happen even in a fantasy story. I truly hoped that Ms.Starsmith continues the storyline since there are still problems to solve in the realm.
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Jonel Thomas reviewed on Feb. 10, 2013

Absolutely marvelous! PLEASE give me more! A wonderfully fresh take on an old theme. When the secrect of the Little Dragons was revealed it was a shocker to me. It never entered my mind that would even be possible. Thank you.
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Rick Petrey reviewed on Oct. 29, 2012

very nice. I hope there will be more stories on the little dragons.
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Deneene Curry reviewed on Oct. 18, 2012

I absolutely loved this book.. the only disappointing thing about it - it ended too soon. Which; not due to the story being short... but due to the fact I just couldn't put it down. I hope additional fantasy works (whether connected to this realm or not) by this author are planned for the future.
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Arlene Radasky reviewed on Sep. 26, 2011
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Let me gush here for a few moments. I dove into this book, not knowing what to expect but was thoroughly enchanted and delighted. It is a well-crafted world of fantasy; man-eating dragons, little dragons, unfaithful kings, banished queens and princesses, Earth people, King's men, witch healers, and Little Dragon Keepers all trying to survive in a very believable world. Of course there are problems, and even wars between Humans and dragons, but the creative way this author has her characters overcome them makes a very good story. It is a large cast of characters, and though I usually do not like trying to keep track of many, I grew attached to all of them in this story, even Mother Peg, the cantankerous old healer. I never felt a thread or plot was left undone, each character had a place in the end and I could see the end of many problems with the dawn of the next day, when the book ended. When you enter this world, you enter knowing that all love is accepted here but NEVER will you be preached to or will it ever become graphic, just accepted, as I think it should be. As a well-written story should, it got under my skin. I laughed, gasped in surprise, cheered on and cried. It will be in my mind for a very long time. I wanted it to continue on and on. It is a wonderful world to fantasize about and I hope to see the giant and little dragons myself someday.
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