Wow, I really don’t know where to start with this review. Do I begin with the beautiful art of Rebecca Guay, or wax poetic on the enthralling story crafted by Jane Yolen?I guess the best way to go about it is how I approached the book, the first thing that caught my eye was the cover (no big surprise there). I flipped the first page and then the next and the next. I was astonished at the quality of the art in this fantastic graphic novel. Before I knew it I had paged through most of the book just enjoying the pictures so lovingly rendered on the pages, I hadn’t even read the story!
At this point (after getting a strange look from my wife, when I quickly showed her the astounding quality of the art) I flipped back to the beginning to see if the tale lived up to the art. I am happy to say that it certainly did.
In The Last Dragon, Yolen tells the story of a far away land where once dragons roamed. Then, as tends to happen in these stories, Man came and the dragons found them delicious. Dragons and Man fought and in the end Man won, there were no longer any dragons. Hundreds of years passed and, unknown to a nearby village, the last dragon egg hatched.
The story revolves around Tansy the daughter and apprentice of the village healer. After her father goes missing Tansy investigates and joins up with the hero who is brought to help rid the village of the dragon. Working together they become close as the search for a way to kill the beast.
I received The Last Dragon from NetGalley for review. I was so impressed with this title that I plan on purchasing a copy for my library when I get the chance, both Yolen and Guay's other works are going on my To Read list as well. This wonderful work of picture and prose is perfect for fans of fantasy or mythological fiction.
Please give The Last Dragon a look, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
The Last Dragon By Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
Hardcover: 144 pagesPublisher: Dark Horse (September 13, 2011)