The Last Dragon is a graphic novel that tells a tale of heroism and dragon wars. It deals with issues such as how heroes become and are not made, who is a hero and how to find one when needed, and the all-important how to slay a dragon. It is a gorgeous book—the illustrations are rich and imaginative, and the text more detailed and well-written than is often the case in graphic novels. Considering that the author is the acclaimed Jane Yolen, this isn’t a surprise.
The book begins with a bit of background: once dragons were a real problem, but over time and thanks to skilled warriors, they were all killed off and the villagers have grown complacent. 200 years later, one egg has somehow survived and it hatches, but no one is expecting a dragon, and the initial missing people and animals are puzzling. Finally someone spots the full-grown dragon, scales the colour of dried blood, rising and flying in all its glory.
The healer’s youngest daughter, Tansy, has to read the ancient texts in her father’s stead, since he was the dragon’s first victim. 3 young lads are sent off to the neighbouring islands and cities in search of a hero, a dragon-slayer. In order for the beast to be defeated, legend, faith and honesty must all be valued.
“The Last Dragon was an interesting story. I very much liked the illustrations. I would highly recommend it,” says Ilsa, 14. In fact, all three of my teens liked the book. I think it appropriate for any age, as I know plenty of adults who would enjoy it as well.
Elizabeth always has a soft spot for dragon stories. Read more at her blog Planet Nomad.
Man, Jane Yolen is able to write in so many different voices and across genres, she amazes me!