Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.464781

Like Gail Carson Levine's books, Merrie Haskell's middle grade fantasy adventure Handbook for Dragon Slayers mixes magic, mythical creatures, thrilling action, and a wonderful cast of characters.

Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book. But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at fire-breathing dragons. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers is a deeply satisfying coming-of-age tale wrapped in a magical adventure story.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on May 28, 2013 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062008161
ISBN-13: 9780062008169
2 Book Reviews
  • poodle6868
    poodle6868about 7 years33 stars
    Princess Tilda never knew one day she would be on a horse chasing and slaying dragons. She always thought she would be doing her penmanship while sitting in her office or hobbling around on her crutch with her crippled foot, living a simple yet boring life. Instead, she was captured by her evil cousin, but then thankfully rescued by her loyal friend Parz. Then off Tilda went, along with Parz and her faithful assistant to slay dragons. Little did Tilda know that dragon slaying was not easy, and many unexpected wonders would pop out at her during her travels. Tilda learns that life has more exciting things if you go out and look for them. This book is not something I would read again. Some parts of it were boring and long, and I do not prefer reading books about Medival times. I recommend it for people who enjoy reading books about knights and dragons. I would give this book 2-3 stars.
    • wrighele
      wrigheleover 8 years55 stars
      I loved this book!! One of my favorites!!!