Kw-logo-smaller

The Coming of the Dragon Book Review

The Coming of the Dragon Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Nov 13, 2010
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Find out what happens after Beowulf becomes king in The Coming of the Dragon, a YA historical fiction novel by Rebecca Barnhouse.

Title: The Coming of the Dragon
Authors: Rebecca Barnhouse
Ages: 9+
Rating: 4


Inspired by the tale of Beowulf, The Coming of the Dragon takes place many decades after Beowulf’s battle with Grendel. The story follows Rune, a boy who, as a baby, washed up on shore in the land of the Geats. One woman, Amma, took him in as her own. But Amma was a secretive woman. She kept secrets from Rune that he deserved to know—secrets about his identity.


The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca BarnhouseCourtesy of Random House

The Dragon

One evening, while chasing their goat far beyond the outskirts of their farm, Rune ran into a stranger who seemed to know more about Rune than Rune knew about himself. After escaping the stranger, Rune witnessed something that made his blood run cold—a dragon. Someone had woken the dragon.


Gone Forever

Rune spent the night traveling to the stronghold to warn King Beowulf about the dragon. But he was too late. The dragon had already burnt the King’s golden hall, killing some of his men. And when Rune returned to his farm the next morning, he found nothing but ruin—Hwala, the man who owned the farm; and his two sons, Skyn and Skoll, were scorched. And Amma, his beloved Amma, was gone. It was then that Rune swore to avenge Amma. Even if it took all his strength, bravery and willpower, he would kill the dragon.


The Bottom Line

The Coming of the Dragon read like the next chapter in the epic tale of Beowulf, only it was written by a modern day author. The story is great for anyone who loves to read historical fiction, epic tales or books about dragons.


Related Articles
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

keira5416

keira5416 wrote:

no it dosent
commented: Sun May 15, 2011

xxshaylaxx

xxshaylaxx wrote:

it sucks
commented: Mon Jan 24, 2011

there are 2 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

Dragon_140x100

The Coolest Dragon Ever?

  • The Pennykettle dragons!
  • Puff the Magic Dragon.
  • Tolkien's Smaug.
  • Icingdeath!

related stories

Micro_dragon-feature
Before Hiccup was a brave Viking warrior, before he was known as the Dragon Whisperer, he was a b...
Firedrake and his pals set out in search of the legendary Rim of Heaven—a safe haven for dragons....
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer is the first book in a new series by Kate Kilmo called Dragon Keepe...

Random in the forums

FeatheryOne
FeatheryOne posted in Debating:
The Norwegian prison system is best prison system. An inmate shouldn't be punished solely, s/he should be taught that what s/he did was wrong.
reply 3 minutes
Vampire Poison
I'm not exactly sure about this one, I do feel like we should have the death penalty, and then again, I think it's cruel. I believe that it depends on the kind of person and what their crime is. I would feel a lot safer if a person who was a serial killer wasn't around anymore.
reply 3 minutes
FeatheryOne
FeatheryOne posted in Debating:
Always provide a source.
reply 6 minutes
Teh_Skittlez
Teh_Skittlez posted in Debating:
"shae508" wrote:Hmmm, I see. (Course it could be less humane cause he could WANT to die...but that's a different story.)How exactly are they helping him? (Yes I'm nitpicking, but I'm curious.)  I encourage you to research the Norwegian prison system. Basically, they treat their prisoners like humans who still have the potential to one day be productive members of society, and attempt to give them the resources to re-enter society as productive members if they choose to. 
reply 8 minutes
shae508
shae508 posted in Debating:
Hmmm, I see. (Course it could be less humane cause he could WANT to die...but that's a different story.) How exactly are they helping him? (Yes I'm nitpicking, but I'm curious.) 
reply 12 minutes

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...