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In the enchanting novel Prospero's Children, Jan Siegel introduced an extraordinary heroine and the lushly evocative world of wonders and terrors that quickly enveloped her normal adolescent life. Now Siegel summons us back to the magic with the continuing story of Fern Capel--and the remarkable power of her extraordinary Gift . . .After surviving an amazing, terrifying suIn the enchanting novel Prospero's Children, Jan Siegel introduced an extraordinary heroine and the lushly evocative world of wonders and terrors that quickly enveloped her normal adolescent life. Now Siegel summons us back to the magic with the continuing story of Fern Capel--and the remarkable power of her extraordinary Gift . . .After surviving an amazing, terrifying summer twelve years ago, Fern makes a fateful decision: to deny the mystical powers that pulse through her family's past. Yearning for a simple, quiet life, she decides to marry a man twenty years her senior, a man who insists they wed at the Capels' summer house in Yarrowdale, a place swelling with mood, marvel, and magic. For when Fern returns there with her best friend, Gaynor, ancient, sinister forces reawaken.Yet Fern has had enough: Enough of running from her fate, enough of hiding from her Gift. As she turns to face her destiny, the real world falls away, and Fern is once again swept into another land, removed from Time, void of comfort. It will take all her skill and daring to fight her way back to the present and save the people she loves from the ever-growing danger that threatens to destroy them. And to her utmost surprise, the key to survival is a dragon with the capacity to rule the world . . . but who will relinquish it all to one man.Jan Siegel has created an intense, fascinating world. To surrender yourself under her captivating spell is to remember how remarkably powerful a literary voyage can be.From the Hardcover edition....

Title : The Dragon Charmer
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ISBN : 9780345442581
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 333 Pages
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The Dragon Charmer Reviews

  • Nancy
    2019-02-22 03:32

    Great second book of a wonderful fantasy trilogy by Jan Siegel. Characters from Prospero's children are grown now....Fernanda, Fern, is 28 and on the eve of getting married when the supernatural world she tried to shun intrudes very unkindly into her life again. Such great evil characters in this...the witches and their world are fantastic, and again a perfectly written tale that makes you see the things Fern sees so well.

  • Brian O'Leary
    2019-02-11 05:47

    Something about the way these books were written make them very unique. She definitely doesn't dummy down the material, she has an intellectual prose style that makes the book unique.

  • Tim Martin
    2019-02-06 10:32

    I found this novel to be very fast reading, fun, moody, sometimes verging on horror (it was definitely dark fantasy), and an improvement over the first installment in this series. Some of the problems I had with the first volume in the series – a dull second act, or at least one in which nothing seemed to happen, and a lack of time spent on what exactly Fern’s witchcraft powers are and how she develops them – are much, much better handled this time around. My only real complaint about the book is that took a little while before I got hooked on the story. Some or most of that may come from the fact that so much time has passed since the first installment in the trilogy. In _Prospero’s Children_, Fern was 16, living with her brother Will and her father Robin. In the opening of _The Dragon Charmer_ twelve years have passed, with both Fern and Will out on their own, Robin even less of a figure of importance in the story, and Fern is about to get married (indeed, has returned to the house that was the center of events in the first book to have her wedding). We are also introduced to two new (human) characters, ones that for various reasons are major either in terms of driving the story or major actors within the story itself. One is Fern’s fiancé, a rather colorless man that just does not become a memorable figure, and another is one that becomes a major character, Fern’s best friend, and later a good friend (or more?) of Will’s, Gaynor Mobberley. That is really it though in terms of complaints; the rest of the book is quite solid and I really enjoyed it. There are lots of positive things I really enjoyed in this second volume of the trilogy. At first I thought Gaynor was a plot device to avoid having Fern’s point of view in certain key scenes, but later I decided she was a good character in her own right. As I mentioned earlier, the pacing was much better in this book, with nothing at all like the dull middle part of _Prospero’s Children_. If anything the book just got faster and faster in pacing, making me stay up later and later. I liked some of the magical concepts explored in the book. One of my favorites is the importance of free will. Though free will as such wasn’t much discussed, it seemed to underlay much of the magical rules in the series. An ancient evil spirit for instance may want to very much possess your body, but it has to be knowingly invited in by you. You may come to great doom if you turn around in the Underworld (never turn around!) but you still have to make that choice yourself. Horrible monsters may want to enter your home and do Bad Things, but they still have to be invited in by the home’s owner. An ancient evil may be seeking vengeance upon you, but unless you somehow invite it(which can be as simple as saying its name) it will likely leave you alone. The other magical concept that I liked was the idea of being outside of Time (always capitalized). Whole magical realms exist away from our world of Time, and while events do occur there they don’t flow the same way they do in the mortal world. What’s more, creatures from there have a different view of not only the actual comings and goings of mortals (and what current events and fashion is), but how things are viewed by those who live in Time as concepts in themselves. I won’t go into it more but to me I think the author was really on to something about why fantasy realms seem stuck in a quasi-medieval setting all the time, particularly jarring when these realms have some sort of connection with the modern real world of the 20th or 21st centuries. Other things I liked include the fact we get two new villains, two evil hag-like witches, Morgus, the Witch Queen, along with her ally Sysselore, along with the continuing (and more fleshed out) evil of Azmordis from the first book. The Gift and what it can and can’t do is much better explained, and Fern is actually shown training in its use. I love the various Otherworld settings, including the creepy and well-described Underworld and the very vividly and well done environs of the Tree (with is macabre fruit), the former setting relying heavily on Greek mythological backgrounds, the latter one on Norse, but both blending together I thought quite well. I loved, loved, love the House-goblin concept and in particular the House-goblin character Bradachin. He was a great character and I loved his very thick Scottish dialect, sometimes so thick even the other characters had to more or less puzzle through what he was saying but always fun to read and see what he would do next. Oh, and we do get a dragon and a dragon charmer and both are quite engaging as well.

  • Sierra
    2019-02-21 09:43

    This book is very slow. It isn't boring or anticlimactic, but it takes so long to get to various plot points. After reading book one, I was wanting this book to start out at at least 30 mph instead of 0. I was ready for things to move along and Siegel kept the book almost as a whole to a just-faster-than-plodding pace. The plot of this book was less interesting than the first and it really just feels like a connector novel between books one and three. By that, I don't mean that it was just filler. Fern grew as she needed to.I think Fern may be seen as an empty character to some people. I don't think she's empty; I think she's an archetype. She doesn't have much of a personality. She just "does". She knows information just from intuition and just figures things out. She feels like as much of a legend as the gods and witches she deals with. To me, the series feels like a detailed, semi-characterized legend, a fact that makes Fern's lack of real personality acceptable.This is my second time reading this novel. My first time was at least ten years ago. I was really surprised that I remembered so little about it. Back then, I probably got really upset at the slow pace and basically skipped and skimmed through it. I remember details from books one and three but barely anything from book two.

  • Angela
    2019-02-23 04:45

    I happened across this book at a Rotary book sale fundraiser in Alexandra, NZ. The title first drew my attention, then I considered buying it just for the cover art (what can I say, I have a thing for dragons ;) ). Then I opened it and found out it's a signed copy! $2 win! So I bought the other two books in the trilogy and, lucky for me, they're really good. The author has a very descriptive style, which I enjoy but some readers might find a bit tedious. I particularly like the variety of mythology and legend she weaves into her tales -- the stories feel very fresh and novel. A few bits of the plots do seem rushed, or slightly forced (I mean, the protagonist doesn't *have* to fall madly in love to complete a tale) but overall I very much enjoyed this trilogy.

  • Erika
    2019-01-23 08:28

    This was a frustrating one to rate. On the one hand, I found Siegel's dream-like Atlantean underworld utterly useless. I couldn't stand the characters, I couldn't make heads or tales of her descriptions, and nothing happened for at least 80-100 pages in part two. On the other hand, I enjoyed the secondary characters (Will and Gaynor) immensely. And I couldn't put it down during some of the real world scenes. Still, I found the overall plot boring and not being able to stand the main character means I couldn't give it more than a 2 rating.I remember liking Prospero's Children so much... WHAT HAPPENED? I doubt I'll be reading the next one anytime soon, if at all.

  • Anne Hamilton
    2019-01-23 04:43

    Like the first book in this series Prospero's Children, I found this story very difficult to warm to. While the storyline is intrinsically interesting and the plots well-developed, there was something about the main character Fern that I found difficult to like. I just couldn't feel positive about her. Perhaps she was too much like various teenagers of my acquaintance back in the days when I was teaching high school. The sort of kids I was constrained as a professional to be polite to in real life but whom I can't stand in fiction.

  • JaanEerik Sõmermaa
    2019-01-29 09:45

    Finished this quite a while ago actually but forgot to post about it. Solid follow up. The begging is sort of weaker than the last book but it makes up for it for having a stronger second and third act. The pace is still slow and the book still has that weird quality about it but that seems to a staple of the series at this point.

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 05:47

    It's funny, because I was slightly bored throughout this book, but it was very easy to fly through, which is backwards from usual for me. If that makes any sense. All in all, it was a good book, but I felt like I kept waiting for something to happen. I'm looking forward to the next book, which I have already started.

  • Adam Ross
    2019-02-07 04:29

    The Dragon Charmer, follow-up to *Prospero's Children*, was just as fantastic as the first one. I really admire Siegel's prose, which is contemporary yet dense and gives off the feel of a style from the 1970s. Very atmospheric and a nice development of the plot from the first novel. I look forward to the third.

  • marcia rutledge
    2019-02-11 07:51

    It's the #2 of three. Each one being an improvement over the previous. (The first reads almost as a teen book; almost didn't finish it.)Nice treatment of "witchcraft" in the modern world. Fun stuff. Reflections on the state of our collective consciousness are good as well.

  • Bradley
    2019-01-27 10:35

    Ugh, over descriptive boring. No, not a drafty house in the English countryside. Zzzz. The tales of Narnia are more exciting than this story. Don't recommend this one. It was coherent and no typos but zzz....

  • Connie53
    2019-01-31 08:41

    Goed tweede deel met sommige delen die erg spannend waren en sommige delen die wat langdradig waren. Het derde deel ligt dan ook al klaar in het zicht, maar ik ga er nog niet gelijk in beginnen. Een paar andere boeken hebben voorrang.

  • Nurhazlinda Mazlan
    2019-02-14 03:48

    a bit flat compared to the first. i still enjoy the first book. i think the ending of the first book doesnt require a sequel. it ended just nice

  • Christine
    2019-02-13 05:33

    Not as good as the first, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Andrée
    2019-01-26 07:35

    Like re-living my childhood - no not literally (sadly) - just that it was the kind of book I would've loved back then. Still enjoyable but mainly for the nostalgia effect

  • Debby Kean
    2019-02-07 02:45

    This follow up to Prospero's Children is completely awesome! The characterisation of Fernanda and her growing to adulthood is well done, as is that of Will.

  • Milly Milagros
    2019-02-19 06:46

    As I read this novel, I could not help but feel that it felt like a rush to read. Overral, it is a fantastic book to read.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-13 03:22


  • Sarah Kay
    2019-01-31 08:31

    much loved.