Author(s): Michelle Knudsen
Calen is desperate to escape Krelig, the evil mage, but he knows he must first learn as much as he can from this powerful figure if there is to be any hope of defeating him. Princess Meg, who thinks Calen went with Krelig willingly, has been training with her dragon to fight the enemy forces threatening her kingdom. Calen must find a way back to Trelian and earn Meg's trust again, or all is lost.
An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast...The pacing races smoothly through increasingly dire events, right up to a suitably thrilling climax, into a denouement that, if not unrealistically blissful, exactly suits their personalities and desires. A solid, satisfying genre performance.--Kirkus Reviews
Begun in 2009 with The Dragon of Trelian, this excellent fantasy trilogy finally receives a worthy ending...Humorous moments lighten the overall tone, and despite dark, scary situations, this is a reassuring read in which the characters survive trauma and find their true purpose with love and support.--Booklist Online
In this Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones mash-up, middle school students will enjoy reading about the magical spells and brutality inflicted on Calen and other mages while being held captive. Alternating chapters feature Meg as she matures and begins to speak up for herself as she and her dragon, Jakl, become key players in her kingdom's army. Meg learns that moving forward is often for the best and a necessary part of growing up. The story could stand on its own, although it did make me want to search out the first two books to discover how Calen ended up in Krelig's hands, what he'd done to betray Meg, and how Meg acquired her dragon.--School Library Connection
Michelle Knudsen is the author of the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian as well as the young adult novel Evil Librarian. She is also the author of the best-selling picture book Library Lion, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.