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"You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight."Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows what she must do. She must search out the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and somehow get some of her precious milk. It's the only way to save her foster-sister's life. Kaeldra would rather not go. It's much too terrifying, much too dangerous. But Kael"You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight."Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows what she must do. She must search out the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and somehow get some of her precious milk. It's the only way to save her foster-sister's life. Kaeldra would rather not go. It's much too terrifying, much too dangerous. But Kaeldra knows that she's the only one who can do it. For she is the only one who can actually communicate with dragons.But little does Kaeldra know what she's getting into. She's about to begin a journey that will entwine her fate with that of three little draclings and one would-be dragonslayer. A journey that will become a struggle for life....

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Dragon's Milk Reviews

  • black lamb
    2019-02-14 13:37

    This was one of my favourite books as a kid - I was a huge dragon nut, to the point where I refused to read Harry Potter because of something I read in the back summary of the first book that lead me to assume JK Rowling was "doing it wrong," so I turned my nose up at the whole series. Seriously. I recall this vividly. Kids say the darndest things.Anyway, the Dragon Chronicles series was one of my favourites for a variety of reasons - I loved that the dragons were intelligent, misunderstood creatures who just wanted to live, no different from any other large predator. I also loved that the baby dragons act like any actual baby animals - they're bratty, difficult to control and sometimes (unintentionally) dangerous, but with their moments of sweetness and silly mischief. I liked that the protagonist was a tall, awkward, tomboyish girl - I could never relate to delicate waifs as a kid - and Kaeldra was enough of an outcast to appeal to my lonely, nerdy self. The series does have romance in it, but it's toned down to the point where it's really easy to flat-out ignore. It doesn't feel forced or tacked-on like romance tends to in a lot of other YA novels. (God, I pray for the death of the love triangle as a plot point.) These are mostly stories about girls and young women thrust into complicated, painful situations where right and wrong aren't necessarily clear-cut. I loved that nuance, just like I loved that the books are very sad; characters die and have to make some very difficult choices. There's a lot of sacrifice and sweat and tears and blood in these books, and when the characters are in danger, you really feel like they're in danger - there's very rarely that voice in the back of your head like "Yeah right, she's not going to kill off any important characters..." Nothing comes easy for Kaeldra, and at many points in the book I ached with sympathy for her.Kaeldra makes a great cipher - you learn about the world as she does, so there's not a ton of exposition dumped on your head all at once. Her story was believable and her journey captivated me to the point where I read this book over and over and over.It's worth noting that I also love the covers - the art is beautiful!Does it still hold up to my childhood obsession? Nothing really does. But I would absolutely recommend this book (and the sequels) to anyone with a young fantasy-loving girl in the family. If she's anything like me, she'll reread them until they fall apart.

  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    2019-01-29 11:45

    This author lives right near me and I've had the pleasure of meeting her. Not only if she a lovely, intelligent lady, but her books are as well. I really enjoyed reading this trilogy when I was younger, and now that I'm older I still enjoy them as much as I did then (she has this writing style that gets to me).Also, bonus points for having a female lead that's badass. Seriously, this is extremely rare in fiction. I think one of the only times I've encountered a badass female in fantasy was Howl's Moving Castle. The cast of characters are mainly likable and intelligent female characters as well, so MORE bonus points go to Fletcher.

  • Jojo
    2019-01-26 12:33

    When I read a book I don't enjoy, I have to read a couple books I know I'll love to get the bad taste of bad reading out of my head. It's usually a more recently discovered comfort read, but if it was a really bad book, I might feel compelled to reach deep into the past and draw out a very old favorite.I read a very bad book the other day. This book is a very old favorite. I probably read it first when I was nine or ten, and it immediately became a much-read favorite(possibly just because it was so different - I hadn't read much fantasy besides Tolkien at that point). But it has been a very long time since I last picked it up, so it was nice to go back to it. I was kind of worried that, after so many years, it might not be as lovely as I remembered. But it was, even if it was not quite as epic or romantic as I remembered. It's a lovely little book that I am glad to find I remain very fond of.

  • Ashley Cael
    2019-02-01 14:28

    Originally posted at Worlds AboundDragon's Milk starts with our introduction to Kaeldra, a young girl living in a small village on a farm with her adoptive family. Unfortunately for her, she is obviously the only Krag (a type of people that are tall and blond) in a village full of Elythians (smaller people with dark hair). When her younger sister, Lyf, contracts Vermilion fever Kaeldra's grandmother reveals to Kaeldra her heritage of dragon speaking and that the only way to save Lyf is to get milk from a dragon. Luckily, a dragon dam just happened to return to their land after decades of absence to hatch her eggs. I really enjoyed this book, even in it's predictability. The book is short, I finished it in a couple of hours and is perfect as a "I don't really know what I want to read next, but I don't want anything too taxing" kind of book. Kaeldra is likable and not constantly noble; she wants to be rid of her dracling charges and go back to her normal life. But, she won't just leave them to fend for themselves. Some parts were sad, I don't want to say too much but this author is not afraid to kill off characters. For those out there there really like some type of romance in their book, this kind of has some (but seriously, very minimal). There are three more books in this series, but this one gives closure to Kaeldra's story, and the next two are about different characters. I will probably check them out the next time I'm in the mood for a light, easy read but for now I'm satisfied with how this played out! Definitely check it out if you're interested in dragons, fantasy and middle grade fiction. It's a cute little book!

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-01-24 12:27

    I read this at least a dozen years ago. What I remember: there is a young girl (possibly adopted, but definitely less parentally favored) who tries to save her sick younger sister with doses of dragon's milk. To get the milk, she makes a bargain with a dragon. But after the mother dragon is killed, Kaeldra takes on the responsibility of the three baby dragons left behind. She and a would-be dragon slayer traverse a surprisingly well-thought-out fantasy world, trying to keep ahead of their enemies.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-02-09 15:39

    Actual Rating: 3.5 starsFor the most part, I enjoyed this book, mainly because it had baby dragons in it. They were cute, cuddly and adorable...not what you would expect from dragons. Even their names were cute--Embyr, Pyro and Synge. Of course, there were also the more deadly, dangerous adult dragons as well, who weren't nearly as sweet and cuddly! Ms. Fletcher's descriptions of them, however, were vivid and compelling.The dragon's milk in the title played only a small part in the beginning of the story, but the search for it was what ultimately sent Kaeldra on her mad, dangerous dash across the countryside in her quest to save the draclings. I loved her relationship with the babies and their heartwarming acceptance of her as a surrogate mother. As is typical of youngsters, they often ignored and disobeyed her, but her soft heart wouldn't allow her to be too upset with them. Their antics were often funny and very reminiscent of rambunctious puppies.The book did have its flaws. Sometimes, I found the wording and dialogue a bit stilted and clunky, particularly in the beginning when Kaeldra and Granmyr were speaking. The romance--what little there was of it--seemed somewhat improbable and only so-so, which made the epilogue also a little improbable.All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was funny and light-hearted for the most part, but there were also moments of sadness, darkness and danger. The draclings were definitely the saving grace for the story and, if you're like me when it comes to dragons, I think you would also enjoy this delightful fantasy.

  • Leanne
    2019-01-24 10:33

    I can’t believe I missed this book in my younger days. It would’ve fit in perfectly during my Tamora Pierce/Robin McKinley binges. A strong heroine, twisting adventure, humor... this has everything that younger me really loved in a book. And older me really enjoyed returning to that kind of world. I can’t wait for the other three in the series!

  • Iris
    2019-02-20 08:51

    Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe LibraWat me in eerste instantie aantrok om Dragon's Milk te lezen was natuurlijk de fantastische kaft."Oh, daar is veel moeite in gestoken, dat zal dan ook wel een geweldig verhaal zijn om te lezen!", waren mijn eerste gedachten. Normaal gesproken is dat ook zo, kijk maar naar de 'Timber Wolves Trilogy' van 'Tammy Blackwell' en 'The Summer King Chronicles' van Jess E. Owen. Prachtige covers en super geweldige verhalen. Helaas was dit niet het geval bij dit boek. Het verhaal vond ik niet eens half zo mooi als de voorkant!De eerste paar bladzijdes waren zo slecht nog niet. Het boek is geschreven in makkelijk begrijpbaar Engels en korte zinnen. Ik lees nu al jaren mijn boeken in het Engels, dus voor mij zou dit toch eigenlijk geen probleem moeten zijn?? Waarom had ik dan zo'n moeite met het volgen van het verhaal? Met snappen wat er aan de hand was? Ik heb de meest simpele zinnen keer op keer moeten lezen voordat er iets doordrong. Zelfs daarna had ik nog het gevoel dat er sommige dingen niet klopten, over werden geslagen of ontbraken...Kaeldra's persoonlijkheid was ook iets waar ik problemen mee had. Ze gedroeg zich het grootste gedeelte van het boek als een kip zonder kop. Waarom zou je anders zonder enige vorm van plan de grot van een mensetende draak inlopen, een moeder draak die ook nog jongen heeft om te beschermen. Waarom kijk je dan raar op als de draak besluit om je op te eten? Daarnaast heeft ze ook nog de rare verwachting dat de jonge baby draakjes haar bevelen opvolgen. Halllooo, de woorden zeggen het toch al?? Het zijn jonge baby draakjes. Ooit gehoord van een baby die meteen luistert?? Ik niet hoor, maar Kaeldra misschien wel??Het boek had verder ook niet echt diepgang. De personages bleven nogal vlak en onderontwikkeld. Voordat het echt spannend kon worden was het meestal al over. De enige reden waarom ik eigenlijk door bleef lezen was dat ik wilde weten hoe het zou eindigen met de draakjes. Zelfs dat einde was niet bevredigend.... Conclusie Mijn eerste intentie was om Dragon's Milk maar één ster toe te kennen. Ik heb niet echt genoten van dit boek. Er zaten wel van die schattige draakjes in... en de cover is werkelijk fantastisch. Dat is die twee sterren toch wel waard. Het verhaal zelf zekerste weten niet!

  • Samantha
    2019-02-13 08:39

    This book had a decent story, but in my opinion wasn't very well written. It's about a girl named Kaeldra who lives with her adoptive family. She feels excluded from society because she is from a far away land. Not only that, but she has the green eyes of a dragonsayer, one who can communicate with dragons. When her foster sister Lyf falls ill, her grandmyr sends her on a journey to retrieve dragon's milk from a nearby dragon. Kaeldra finds the dragon easily, and eventually settles on a trade- milk in return for watching the dragon's 3 babies.The dragon, Fiora, is killed by dragonslayers, and the rest of the story is about Kaeldra trying to get them to other dragons. Along the way she has to avoid a mysterious dragonslayer and disguise herself so she is not recognized as a dragonsayer. The book ends with the hope that one day people will return to being at peace with dragons and then they can live on the earth again.This book is non-stop action, which is good sometimes, but in this case it seemed like the story progressed and randomly developed too fast. Not a book that I'd make an effort to recommend, but an amusing and easy read.

  • Alexis
    2019-02-18 10:40

    This book truly is magical. The characters, plot, everything. The book starts off with a good and steady pace. Kaeldra (first of all, let me apologize if I spell her name wrong. It's a mouthful.) soon learns that her foster sister has grown terribly ill. She must set off on an adventure she never would have believed before. Let me just say that I LOVE THE DRAGONS. They're described beautifully! Everything about them is beautiful. Even their names. They're misunderstood creatures who honestly mean no harm to the humans in this book.I'm extremely glad there wasn't a lot of romance. I'm tired of corny relationship stuff in books. That was a great breather from the usual stuff that's in books you read these days. Just a little bit of romance sprinkled on top is nice, too, writers.In short, I really loved this book. I might even read it again sometime, if I can get my hands on my own copy.

  • Nights
    2019-01-28 09:26

    3.5 I read this book a long time ago, so my memory is kind of fuzzy on certain details (I've been reading a ton since I read this one, so that's why :P) but I did actually like this book. It was well written, and the storyline made you want to keep reading. WARNING, SPOILERS AHEADI mean, yes, it's good that the heroine lives and gets the guy and saves the day, but the thing is, there WAS no saving the day, all of the dragons, save for her chicks, died :/ And, yeah. Aside from the ending, it was good. The main character was likeable, which is good. And the dragons were cute, which is also good. And I liked that the author strayed from the 'oh, dragons are bad!' thing. Overall, it was not a horrible book, but I was very disappointed with the ending.

  • Alexis
    2019-02-15 12:46

    This book truly is magical. The characters, plot, everything. The book starts off with a good and steady pace. Kaeldra (first of all, let me apologize if I spell her name wrong. It's a mouthful.) soon learns that her foster sister has grown terribly ill. She must set off on an adventure she never would have believed before. Let me just say that I LOVE THE DRAGONS. They're described beautifully! Everything about them is beautiful. Even their names. They're misunderstood creatures who honestly mean no harm to the humans in this book.I'm extremely glad there wasn't a lot of romance. I'm tired of corny relationship stuff in books. The reason this book loses one star is because there's no comedy and it has a terrible ending. Other than that; simply amazing.

  • Angie
    2019-02-12 14:50

    Wow, I think it's been at least 15 years since I've last read this book. Back then, I had no idea it was going to be part of a series, but I remember loving it. So, now that the series is finished, I am going to read them all! I can't wait! This book is even better than I remember it, and even 15 years later I'm still a big fan of dragons. This book is great for both boys and girls, juveniles, tweens and teens; fantasy fans and dragon lovers. Action! Suspense! Adventure! Lots of walking summarized very well so as to not be boring (I'm looking at YOU Robert Jordan and his successor)! And an ending you won't forget!

  • Julie
    2019-02-04 08:50

    I read this when I was younger, so I decided to try it again. Wow, I was surprised by how much I still enjoyed this book! Sure, the vocabulary and word choice is a little simple, but this book was written for young adult readers. I definitely got in to it, and even though I've read it before, I couldn't put it down!

  • Angela
    2019-01-23 09:38

    This was the book that got me hooked on dragons. The author won the Young Readers' Choice award when I was in 4th grade and gave a presentation at my school about the research she did for the book. It's a great blend of different mythologies and includes some classic intrigue and coming-of-age storyline.

  • Jeffrey House
    2019-01-29 09:37

    This book grabbed me the first time I read it I was pestering my mother for a whole month or so until she finally read it. Good read. Loved the special clay ;-)

  • Bill Tillman
    2019-02-07 10:25

    Ages 8-12 makes a good read, first of three.

  • Awsomebookstoread342
    2019-01-26 15:48

    I loved it, and almost cried at the end.

  • Cecilie
    2019-02-03 09:37

    This book gives me all the feels! I read it when I was about 11 or 12 - I loved it then and I still love it now! It has the ability to make me cry for so many different reasons, and I just love that!

  • cookiemonger
    2019-02-18 15:53

    This is one of those classic younger fantasy books that I don’t think holds well for readers outside that target audience. Having come to it new rather than nostalgic or “the right age” I feel like I missed out. In that respect, I’m glad that I have a copy for my children to enjoy and later be super nostalgic about.Kaeldra reminded me of the majority of my reading at around seven to nine years old. She’s ostracised to a mild extent by her people and even family (mostly her stepmother) because she is somehow Other. In her case, having green eyes. This position in her society is in spite of a lifetime of trying to win people over. When her younger “second-sister” Lyf contracts vermilion fever, their grandmother sends Kaeldra to retrieve milk from a dragon. That spirals out as the world’s hatred of dragons presses other people and forces to act.Structurally, the book is fine. It’s about what I’d expect from a well-loved children’s fantasy of this age. The writing style is kind of floofy and overwrought. Lots of attempts to be fancy, replacing common terms with high fantasy made-up-ery. The story does some interesting things with the character arcs, and the ending is good as well as happy.Tonally, the book is actually kind of a mess. Kaeldra takes on the charge of the baby dragons (called draclings) after (view spoiler)[their mother is killed by dragon slayers. (hide spoiler)] While she is on the run trying to keep these baby animals fed and unharmed, she is buffeted from both sides with bad behaviour and its effects. Where one might have expected to see a Humans Are Evil narrative, there are actually quite a lot of nasty things that the dragons cause to happen which could arguably justify the widely held belief that dragons are bad and unwanted.However, the bad things that dragons cause to happen are never really examined to a satisfying degree. Maybe there was a sort of assumption that “they’re animals/babies, you can’t blame them for doing these things” but it never says that. Nor does Kaeldra herself seem to believe it. When they do bad things, she is horrified. But they don’t face any consequences, and the people who want to kill them have reasons like, “because dragons should just die” and “I need their dismembered bodies for my own purposes.” The dragons also shouldn’t be able to get away with “they’re just animals, as they’re intelligent and speak, after a manner.Still, it’s a story about a strong young woman overcoming adversity and terrible danger to help others. She learns to own and be proud of who she is rather than forcing herself to conform to what others wanted her to be. I love that when she was first trying to conform, there was nothing but refusal of acceptance from her stepmother and the clear message that conforming would not help Kaeldra to obtain happiness.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-20 15:48

    The book starts off strong, but then events seem to rush forward crazily. The trained birds seemed a little odd, since in some ways they were super intelligent (leading a girl + dragons to a far off destination) but it also just leads her to random places when she'd be better off hiding. Oh, and gets unceremoniously shot. Why are dragons entranced by a pipe? Why do they float? Why would an entire "kyn" of dragons come just to get a couple of babies? Considering the adult dragons that got slain, I don't think it was worth it for the kyn to show up for two babies. Why do humans need to have a network to help the dragons with their babies? Can they not just raise them for a few months and take off without being noticed? Why are the dragons not intelligent enough to avoid eating so much livestock that the humans will be sure to come hunting them? Honestly, I wasn't that enamored of the dragon kits either - they were rather annoying and got Kaeldra into a lot of trouble. The part where they grab the rabbits and then kill the family dog for doing its job ticked me off. I also want to know how old these people are, because her Granmyr tells her the story of when she was young and saw Kara Dragon-sayer summon the kyn of dragons. Kara is Kaeldra's great-grandmother. And from ONE example, they just assume that all her green-eyed descendants are dragon-sayers also? This world jumps to a lot of conclusions.At the end you discover that there's a war going on that is going so poorly that the king actually thinks it's a good plan to call dragons (which are considered extinct) in large numbers so they can be slain and their hearts eaten. You know, since that makes you invincible and all (there's no proof of that). This war wasn't mentioned before. And a guy that is mentioned throughout as a friend of dragons despite being the leader of dragonslayers, the guy that this whole quest is completely built around...well, he's apparently already dead and his secret network discovered and betrayed. Jeorg is given a backstory where he couldn't kill a puppy (good kid) but then decides to destroy his leader's letter and go dragon slaying. He had no reason to destroy the letter, so it makes no sense in relation to deciding to kill dragons. Same with hiding the amulet from the grandmother. Really, it's basically Jeorg's fault that all the bad things happen, so I have no patience with him. It ended abruptly with a kind of "Kaeldra accepts herself, marries Jeorg, and they start their own dragon network." It had a lot of potential, but really fell short in execution. I don't think I'll even bother trying to read any more of the series.

  • Siskiyou-Suzy
    2019-02-09 11:28

    When I was a kid, I read a book called Dragon's Milk. This appears to be the only book by that title, so I'm assuming it was this one, but I've been re-reading it and finding it not only very unfamiliar but of the high-fantasy style that I have never liked, even when I was a child.I don't remember much about the book -- I have a vague impression of a girl hiding dragons babies in a shed or a barn or something of the sort, which doesn't seem to actually happen in this book. The only reason I know I read a book called Dragon's Milk is because around the same time I made a Neopets account and called it Dragonmill because Dragonmilk was taken. I liked it enough to name my Neopets account after it! Could it really be this book?This book is simply not my type of book. I don't even want to finish it. I keep rolling my eyes at key points because it is so very much not my style. I guess it spoke to me in some way as a child, but it's not doing it now.

  • Qing
    2019-02-11 11:27

    2.5 stars rounded upBy the end of the first chapter, I did question why so many names had a "y" in it. It was a bit strange.(view spoiler)[I was kind of annoyed at Kaeldra's reluctance to go back to Fiora and then to take care of the draclings... I mean, come on. But at the same time, yeah okay, it's a responsibility you didn't want.... But still? Bleh.I also got a bit annoyed when she got royally pissed at Jeorg without fully listening to what he was trying to tell her. But I was also a bit annoyed at Jeorg for saying it all provokingly.I think the overall story was fairly interesting, I just didn't care much for the characters. But man, I felt SO bad for poor Synge. What the heck!!! Felt that was a bit on the cruel side. (hide spoiler)]

  • Lauren Kozilski
    2019-02-06 09:41

    "All creatures bleed the same blood, be they man or be they beast. Our fates are intermingled. Whosoever spills the blood of any of earth's creatures, there spills the blood of man." ~Landerath's private journalsI didn't realize this was juvenile fiction when I requested it from the local library, but I read it anyway. I'm glad I did, because it was wonderful. There were pertinent messages of doing what's right even when it's the last thing you want to do, coupled with the message of respecting all living things, which I find very apt for today's world. I will probably request the other three books in the series from the library. :)

  • Greg
    2019-02-07 10:39

    The ancient ones, dragons, hatch, and Kaeldra has to find a way to travel and protect three draclings. This is a fun and dark fantasy tale geared for younger readers. The prose is great, eloquent yet not dragged out. The novel takes form of a fairly archetypal coming-of-age fantasy story. A young orphan heroine is learning her place in the world and ends up on a quest full of danger and magic. But it has some great political themes of feminism, wildlife protection, and prejudice. I did enjoy Dragon's Milk with its imagination and dragon-filled splendor.***

  • Kay Carman
    2019-02-08 07:34

    Kaeldra, possesses the power to communicate with dragons and uses her power to to save her sister from an illness that only dragon's milk can cure. She understands the danger in approaching the dragon mother - the dam - with a request for some of her milk, and is terrified, but knows of her heritage as a dragon-sayer, and recognizes that it is her destiny. The three baby dragons, draclings, that Kaeldra babysits in exchange for milk, are the stars of the show. They are so endearing. Kaeldra is a fairy tale heroine of mythic proportion.

  • Kirsten Simkiss
    2019-02-17 10:46

    Once I got past the odd names and the odd, albeit original, mythology regarding dragons, I was actually pretty impressed. While I’m still skeptical regarding a dragon weaning her baby dragons with milk for obvious anatomical reasons, the plot of the book was very engaging and I enjoyed it more than I expected. I’d probably give this closer to 3.5 stars if I had the option, but 3 stars was too low.I feel like this book would be enjoyable to people of any age who like dragon stories.

  • Amber
    2019-01-25 08:39

    I know this is a children's book, but I was definitely hoping for more plot-wise. This story was very skeletal, it could have been fleshed out just a little more and still have qualified as a kid's book. I did enjoy the story, obviously I felt like there were a ton of unanswered questions and holes in the story. I know I'm asking too much! Sorry, :(

  • Heretherebedragons
    2019-02-07 15:23

    I read this in late elementary/early middle school, and loved it. It's not your typical swash-buckling adventure fantasy. It touches of themes of being persecuted for being different and searching for home. Certain elements of this series are bittersweet, even as I remember it from years away from my first reading. I would recommend this book series to anyone (esp. kids) who like dragons.

  • Zachary Smith
    2019-02-21 11:30

    Reread a couple times. No spoilers - strong emotions.