Lucinda Hare is the author of The Dragon Whisperer, book one of the Dragonsdome Chronicles. Her second book: Flight to Dragon Isle will be published by Random House Children’s Books in the spring of 2011. However Lucinda’s first passion was for telling stories through drawing and illustration, and she is now creating a unique accompanying portfolio of pastels and watercolours to delight readers of all ages.
Now three limited edition Giclée Fine Art prints from The Dragonsdome Chronicles have been created exclusively for Doodled books. All three images are printed on Somerset Velvet Enhanced archival paper and are accredited by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist. In addition is a little bumph 'about the author’.
This particular print is called Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble..' A taste of things to come, this action sneak peek of Root and Quenelda disguised on a SDS battlegriff is from book two: Flight to Dragon Isle, and limited to 300 prints. Pastel. Doodled Books has the first numbers of the 300 print run available and we are proud to have these in our portfolio.
It is true that The Dragonsdome is a breathtaking debut fantasy series by Lucinda Hare. It is by far one of the most captivating series we have ever read. Infact Amanda Craig from The Times has given the first book a rave review. The Dragonsdome is definitely one to watch as other books are planned. And she is represented by the same agent at Random House as Joseph Delaney and his Spooks series is currently being made into a film.
About The Dragon Whisperer
Quenelda has always had a magical bond with dragons, and her greatest wish is to fly one and fight alongside her father in the war against the hobgoblins. Root, on the other hand, wishes only to avoid the fearsome creatures, so the role of Quenelda's esquire is the last thing he needs. But an unexpected friendship is forged, and when Dragons Dome is besieged by a deadly plot, this unlikely duo must find a way to defeat the dark forces. Epic battles, whispered legends and soaring magic combine in this breathtaking debut fantasy, with black and white illustrations by David Wyatt.
About the Author
Quenelda's passion for dragons is based on Lucinda's own devotion to all creatures great and small. She and her family share their Edinburgh home with an ever changing number of rescue animals, ranging from cats, dogs, rabbits and guineapigs, to escaped battery hens on the run. She specialises in cruelty cases and animals with behavioural problems, and friends often comment that she can weave magic and talk to the animals - a real life 'whisperer'! The Dragon Whisperer is Lucinda's debut novel.
Amanda Craigs Review:
Dragons are probably the most popular magical creatures in children’s literature, and for that reason need careful handling — the line between familiarity and cliché is a fine one. The Dragon Whisperer may strike some as a rip-off of Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series, as well as elements of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series and quite a few well-known fantasy bestsellers.
Yet within minutes of beginning The Dragon Whisperer, I found myself beaming. Despite the pedestrian prose, the feisty but noble heroine, the slimy hobgoblins and the evil dark Mage of utter predictability, what Hare has produced is one of the most captivating new books for 8+ to be published for some time. What is the secret?
It certainly isn’t the plot. Quenelda is yet another Child of Destiny in that she has a special, magical bond with dragons from the moment she’s born, and can exchange thoughts with them as “Dancing With Dragons”. (OK, but if you like fantasy, as I do, you lap this stuff up.) Her mother’s identity is a secret, but her father is an Earl in charge of the elite Stealth Dragon Services.
When we see Quenelda next, she’s 11 and helping to splint the tail of a highly dangerous battledragon called Two Gulps and You’re Gone. At this point you suddenly sit up because anyone who has imagined what it would be like actually to live and work with intelligent, flying, fearsome reptiles would give it just this kind of name, rather than the sort of nonsense people who have overdosed on Tolkien go for.
Quenelda is a perfectly sweet heroine, and it’s nice to see girls being given a slice of the action because there have been too many heroes of late with female sidekicks who never quite take centre stage. Her loneliness is sympathetically drawn, as is her growing friendship with her dwarf equerry, Root.
The author is terrific at action scenes, and when Root’s father dies bringing back vital information about the hobgoblins you can be absolutely sure that no eight-year-old will be able to resist reading more. Like the best kind of pony novel, it goes into satisfying detail about how to care for a dragon, put on its saddle, fly it, befriend it and call it when your father is in deadly danger during battle. It made me laugh, cry and remember exactly what’s so special about the time when you or your child live in hope of finding a dragon of your own.
- Limited Edition Giclee Fine Art Illustration Printed on Somerset Velvet Enhanced Archival Paper
- Accredited by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
- Numbered and Signed by the Artist