The Dragon of Two Hearts is an adventure of courage and perseverance. It is the second book in The Star Trilogy, and picks up the thread of The Dragon Boy. The knight Michael goes to the aid of a kingdom plagued by a wild dragon. However, the king is oddly not in any hurry to be rid of the fearsome beast. Equally confusing is the princess, a warrior maiden who is fascinated by the dragon's prowess.
For fourth grade and up, it is a compelling read for any age. Its classic theme of the battle with the dragon is interwoven with unforeseen turns and revelations. It is valuable as a reader in the fifth through seventh grade to promote conversation around the nature of good and evil, destiny, love, and above all, the courage to follow one's path and inner voice.
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The Dragon of Two Hearts by Donald Samson
The second volume in The Star Trilogy will not disappoint! Like its predecessor, The Dragon of Two Hearts amply showcases the author’s considerable gift for narrative pacing and naturalistic dialogue. There is also an abundance of compelling characters and side stories that fill out the primary storyline nicely.
The plot is more complex than the first installation, chronicling a troubling and ambiguous arrangement brokered between a menacing dragon and the citizens of a terrorized kingdom. Now an adult and known as Michael, our protagonist is an accomplished knight, albeit a somewhat unconventional one, with prodigious skills and razor-sharp instincts. Like his younger self, he’s bright, resourceful, confident, witty, and ambitious; but he also wrestles with doubt, and has to call upon his deepest reserves of courage to face his colossal task. His knightly prowess is balanced by a touching naivety when it comes to social clues, especially with regard to the Princess who enters the drama, and his life. Here again his portrayal is so convincing – his nature is easy to identify with, and he’s extremely likable.
The themes are a little dark: mystery and intrigue, shifting alliances, tainted motives – but all are skillfully delivered, in a manner appropriate for younger readers. The suspense held me through to the climatic final chapters, even after I started to work out the central riddle!
Review by Lauren Ciborski