Book Review of Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke

Hello all! Happy Monday! Today I thought I’d post my first full-length book review (not just a two or three line review on Goodreads!) Enjoy!

This book is the sequel to Cornelia Funke’s children’s fantasy novel Dragon Rider.

35124025The Griffin’s Feather follows characters we met in the previous book, Dragon Rider, such as Ben, Professor Greenbloom and his family, Firedrake, and Sorrel, and introduces us to new characters, like Tattoo and Hothbrodd. The group’s aim in this book is to retrieve a Griffin’s feather to help with the hatching of three Pegasus foals, who are possibly the last of their kind. But of course, it wouldn’t be a Dragon Rider book without an adventure.

It took me a while to get into this book and I really didn’t enjoy the first half as much as I thought I would. However, the last 150 pages seemed to fly by and I read the last half in one evening. This was the more action-packed half of the book, similar to Dragon Rider, and I found that I enjoyed it far more than the first half. I finished this book within two days of starting it, as once I got into the story and got reacquainted with the characters, I was able to fly through it.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I wasn’t as drawn in to book two as I thought I would be. However, as I loved Dragon Rider so much last year, I was determined to read the sequel. I love the way Cornelia Funke writes, and I especially liked the little quotations included at the start of each chapter, which related to the upcoming content in some way.

Naturally, there were a few fantastic creatures included in this book, such as Pegasus, Centaurs, Griffins, and of course Dragons. Each was well-written, and I think this is what helped to sustain my enjoyment in the book.

I think that this book, like Dragon Rider, rounds its story off nicely, however it does leave itself open to a sequel. This was not something I was expecting, as until I checked Goodreads I didn’t know Funke was planning another two books in this series. I’m looking forward to seeing where Ben and the Greenbloom’s adventures take them next, and I hope to see more of characters we’ve met along the way already, as well as meeting new ones.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and gave it 3.5/5 stars, but as I mentioned, it took me a while to really get into the story.

Have you read this book or the first one? If so what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it? Are you excited for the next installment of the series?


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