Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Search for the Rim of Heaven Begins!

Firedrake and the other dragons are alarmed when they find out that humans are encroaching upon their land. They have been safe from the pesky humans for millions of years, although they have been pushed farther and farther away from the spaces they enjoy. Now their only hope is that the Rim of Heaven, a haven for dragons, truly exists. Unfortunately, the old dragon who tells Firedrake about it doesn't seem to have much information. Still, Firedrake is determined and sets off on his quest with his faithful Brownie, Sorrell. Along the way they meet a small human child named Ben who helps them with the first piece of their puzzle. Without his assistance they may not have ever gotten started and because of this they offer Ben a chance to come with them. The three must be careful on their journey because there is a dangerous golden dragon named Nettlebrand, who is out thirsting for lots and lots of dragon blood. Their journey will not be easy and they will encounter friends and foes, bad weather, wrong turns, and confusing information they must interpret correctly for all to work out. Does the Rim of Heaven even exist? Are there still dragons in a haven waiting and living life? Will Nettlebrand get his wish? You'll have to read this fantastical adventure to find out.

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funk proved to be a wonderful escape. I loved each of the characters and their unique personalities. Sorrell had so much spunk, Ben was kindhearted and Firedrake was calm and determined. The way that they interacted with each other seemed natural and made me laugh out loud. I was lucky enough to listen to the audio version of this 500 page book, which was read completely by Brendan Fraser. I was very impressed with all the different voices he did and the personality he helps give each character. I can still hear their voices! I was sad when the story came to an end. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy elements of the supernatural. Cornelia Funk is quite the storyteller. I have read a couple of her books and look forward to reading more in the future.

Has anyone else read Dragon Rider? Or have you read another book by Cornelia Funk? We'd love to hear your thoughts!


44 comments:

  1. This does sounds like a fun read, and I can imagine that Brendan Frasier would bring it to life. :-)

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    1. Misha- Brendan Fraser really does a great job! :) ~L

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  2. Interesting that the dragons aren't happy the humans are encroaching their land, good twist of the other way around when dragons come upon people :)

    betty

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  3. Sounds like a great story with the right twists, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I must read a Cornelia Funke! I've heard her speak and she is a very cool lady.

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    1. Catherine- I hope you get to read one of her books soon. How cool that you were able to hear her speak! :) ~L

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  5. I love it when characters pull you in. Nothing like it.

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    1. Crystal- Is that awesome? :) ~L

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  6. A big fan of dragon based literature. This sounds like my kind of a book.

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    1. Tracy- I thought it was a lot of fun! :) ~L

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  7. I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but I love Cornelia Funke's fantasy. And I have a granddaughter who absolutely loves dragon fantasies. I will have to check this out. Thanks for telling me about it.

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    1. Rosi- If you like Cornelia Funke's fantasy- then this will be a hit for you and your granddaughter. :) ~L

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  8. Sounds like a great book about dragons, loyalty, adventure and friendship

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  9. Thank you for the introduction.
    I do love me a dragon story - or six.

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    1. Elephant's Child- You are welcome and your comment made me smile. :) ~L

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  10. This book sounds like it would be particularly good with audio, especially with Brendan Fraser narrating. I'm sure he did a good job. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Cherie- The audio was SO good. I keep hearing the voices Brendan Fraser created in my head. :) ~L

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  11. I love audio books and will have to look for this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Marcia- If you love audio books- then I think you will adore this book and the reading Brendan Fraser does. :) ~L

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  12. This looks interesting. I haven't read this author yet, although I've seen her books around.

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    1. Medeia- I had seen this book for quite some time and then finally decided it was time to give it a try. So glad I did! :) ~L

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  13. I haven't read this one, but it sounds like so much fun!!

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  14. This read sounds so good and fun!
    :)

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    1. Gloria- I really enjoyed it! :) ~L

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  15. I haven't read these but I like the sound of the audio book... I have lots of time on the bus xox♡

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    1. Launna- It would be perfect for listening to on the bus or on a long walk. :) ~L

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  16. Sounds like an interesting read. But I'm so behind my reading list. And it's almost the end of the year. Oh, where did the days go?

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    1. Lux- I am so behind on my list and wondering if I will even make a dent by the end of the year. I fear the answer is no. Good luck to you! :) ~L

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  17. Oops and humble apologies for taking this long to actually get here. I shall blame it on waiting for Windows 10 to install.

    "Dragon Rider" does seem like a good, fun read. Not familiar with it. I shall, however, take my usual liberty as share your post via all those social networking sites.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary- You always make me laugh. :)

      Thanks so much for sharing the post and spreading the word about this great read. :) ~L

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  18. I read this a long time ago. Good book.

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    1. Kelly- Awesome- Glad to hear you read and enjoyed Dragon Rider. :) ~L

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  19. Sounds good. I like Brendan Fraser a lot. I am not surprised he's good with the voices.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- If you are a fan of Brendan Fraser then you would appreciate this audio book. :) ~L

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  20. I've seen several of Cornelia's books at my library. It's interesting that, just like a human on his quest for haven, dragons also encounter villainous dragons and kind humans whom they thought of as enemies. I like the sound of Ben very much!

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    1. Claudine- Ben is such a sweet and kind soul. You will love him. I found the quest and the struggles they encountered to be very interesting! :) ~L

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  21. I'm constantly surprised by voice actors reading books. They are so good at reading characters so that they don't blend together.
    A book where most of the main characters are dragons? That would be a first for me, but I'm sure in the hands of Cornelia Funke I won't regret it.

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    1. Adriana- I was surprised when I realized who was reading the audio- but I guess a benefit is that actors get very into the characters/voices and they were all different. :) If you enjoy Cornelia Funke- then I think you will love Dragon Rider. ~L

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  22. I read this one to my son years ago when he was in a big dragon phase. I remember us both liking it.

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    1. Theresa- What a great book for you two to read together. :) ~L

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