The Little Dragons - Rowan Starsmith

The Little Dragons

By Rowan Starsmith

  • Release Date: 2011-09-19
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 1,532 Ratings


Before the Kings came, the People of the Land had an agreement with the Dragons. It was negotiated by the Dragon Priestesses, who could communicate with those fearsome beasts through their familiars, the Little Dragons. The Kings, however, knew only the way of the sword. In their war against the Dragons, they killed their smaller cousins as well, along with the Priestesses who cared for them. The revenge of the Dragons was disastrous for both peoples, forcing everyone to live their lives at night, when the Dragons sleep in their caves in the mountains.
Feeling her age breathing on the back of her neck, Mother Peg, a Senior Healer of the Earth People, is determined to track down the persistent rumours that some of the doomed Dragon Priestesses shared their knowledge with the Healers who sheltered them. On the other side of the Realm, powerful King Anglewart of the Westlands, as determined as Mother Peg to find the Little Dragons, sends a search expedition to the mountains.
Others become caught up in the quest: King Anglewart’s spirited wife, Queen Melisande, and their daughter, Liandra, apparently pregnant, although she denies ever lying with a man; Mother Peg’s servant, Maida, who dreams of becoming a Healer despite her origins as the daughter of a cheesemaker; Gleve, newly confirmed as a Healer and worried about what will happen to his beloved elderly teacher, Father Mallory, when he leaves; Keiran of Hanford, who survives the dangers of the King’s expedition to the Dragon caves, only to be beaten and left for dead by his own companions; Jessa and Ev, two lowly servants in the Women’s Retreat House, where young noblewomen commit themselves to craft and prayer, and widows retire to live out their days.
Danger surrounds each of these people—Dragons, of course, but also their antagonism towards one another. They cannot know that each bears a unique clue to the secret knowledge of the Dragon Priestesses.

"This is an awesome book! I love the author’s boldness, writing outside the box, giving me twists and turns and unexpected plots. This is a nice long story where you get character development in the first ten or so chapters, then get the rest of the book to continue traveling along with people you now know and love (or hate)." Cynikat, Podiobooks subscriber.

"I was thoroughly enchanted and delighted by the best book I have listened to in a very long time.It is a well-crafted world of fantasy; man-eating dragons, little dragons, unfaithful kings, banished queens and princesses, Earth people, King’s men, witch healers, and Little Dragon Keepers all trying to survive in a very believable world.As a well-written story should, it got under my skin. I laughed, gasped in surprise, cheered on and cried. It will be in my mind for a very long time." Arlene Radasky, author of The Fox.

A Warning
This book contains mature themes and is not intended for children. Also, two of the female characters share a loving lesbian relationship and one of the male characters is attracted to his male friend. Several Podiobooks listeners have found this offensive. Others have found it delightful, especially those who rarely see themselves reflected in the pages of fantasy fiction.


  • Inthrauling

    By Pdqgal
    Great writing. The story takes the reader on expected, and, more importantly, unexpected adventures. I did not want to stop reading!!
  • Absolute delight!

    By Enthralling story
    Great read with a great story line. It leaves you smiling at the magic of it all!
  • Fantastic Dragon-centric Fantasy with a novel twist!

    By MotorCop505
    This is simply a wonderful book with a totally new take on dragons. There are far too many points to mention. With such a cast of well-drawn characters and a solid plot, it simply begs for many sequels! I dearly hope that Ms. Starsmith will continue to write additional books to continue this much loved tale she has begun! 🐉📚
  • Enthralling!!!!

    By Hunnybell
    A story so visual and entertaining about a world you have to believe in...the only negative comment is there is no more to read! Please bring us more of Jessa, dragons, and the healers! PLEASE...
  • Was surprised

    By Mekratrig
    Obtained for free, expected this to be juvenile or at best young adult fairy tale. Took a while to get past preconceptions and begin to enjoy the characters and story lines as they developed. Was surprised and delighted by several plot points that did not proceed in an anticipated manner. This one loves to be pleasantly surprised by a new (to this one) writar. This one will be looking for othar books by Rowan Starsmith.
  • The little dragons II where are you

    By peaches.melodie
    This is the best dragon fantasy book ever. I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting patiently for the next in the series. Is there going to be a next in the series? I have googled the author and can find nothing.
  • Great story, but...

    By THDhater
    I loved this story. It has a wonderful plot however the author seemed to be focused more on having the most chapters of any book in history than to give the reader dealings. At no point could I feel as though I was a part of the story because it constantly jumped from character to character with very little connection between them or detail to the world around the characters, especially secondary characters.
  • Little Dragons

    By Mixed ethnic
    Loved it. Hoping for sequels.
  • Enjoyable but simplistic quick read but riddled with mistakes

    By primecause
    This book was just ok. For a free read, it was entertaining enough but I regularly felt taken out of the story by grammar, spelling and continuity mistakes that left me wincing. The story has potential. The writing is juvenile at times, but a strong willing suspension of disbelief will get you through it. The plot is interesting but drags at some points and then blows right through important events, ending before they've established, thereby making it difficult to care about that character or situation. Disappointing but bearable. Give it a try if you are looking for a free easy read.
  • Interesting concept

    By Bvreal
    This book reads well and moves at a good pace. If you enjoy fantasy you will probably enjoy it. The relationship bw the dragons and humans is an interesting different concept though easy to figure out before it is revealed.