The Dragon, The Blade and the Thread is Book Three of the Star Trilogy.
Frustrated by his father's expectation to follow in his footsteps, Prince Corin prefers sewing to sword fighting. His cousin Elinor has the eagerness for skills at arms which he lacks and, by a stroke of luck, uncovers a plot to overthrow the crown. Both cousins are befriended by a marketplace magician, whom the queen suspects is a master of the black arts and the cause of their Luck Dragon's baffling illness. When their lives and the destiny of the kingdom are at stake, Corin must choose either to trust this mysterious old man or heed the warning of his parents.
Thus concludes the Star Trilogy.
Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book and the Mom's Choice Awards.
6 x 9 inches
The Dragon, the Blade and the Thread by Donald Samson
As parents, we think we know what is best for our kids. It can’t be helped – I suspect it comes from bearing full responsibility for their needs and wellbeing during infancy. But we learn as much from our children as they do from us, maybe more, and the curve is both long and steep. Raising a child involves learning to let go; most of us figure out, eventually, that children will make up their own minds, and if we support them in their interests and pursuits, and help them to follow their chosen paths, they are more likely to be happy in life.
The third and final installation of The Star Trilogy is something of a family saga, this one including the endearing luck dragon Star. The father-son dynamic is captivating; Corin, the son of Michael and his wife the Queen, is nearing adulthood and his interests aren’t aligned with his father’s expectations. The two appear dissimilar in almost every way, a cause of consternation for Michael. Corin feels his father’s disappointment deeply, and withdraws. Fortunately, Michael makes a bit of a transformation, and realizes he’s underestimated his son, and overlooked his talent and potential.
The narrative includes a diverse cast of interesting characters, and plenty of plot twists and action. The final chapters are gripping – with the family standing together against formidable odds. A perfect conclusion to this thought-provoking, heart-warming, and riveting series!
Review by Lauren Ciborski