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Review: The Dragon of Ynys


Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet makes his way to the dragon’s cave and negotiates the item’s return. It’s annoying, but at least the dragon is polite.

But when the dragon hoards a person, that’s a step too far. Sir Violet storms off to the mountainside to escort the baker home, only to find a more complex mystery—a quest that leads him far beyond the cave. Accompanied by the missing baker’s wife and the dragon himself, the dutiful village knight embarks on his greatest adventure yet.

The Dragon of Ynys is an inclusive fairy tale for all ages.


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.

While not a particularly bad book, this is not one that will hold up for older readers. It’s a cute story and it is a wonderful book for kids, particularly ones interested in learning about LGBTQ+ people and those learning to develop good communication skills. However, for older teens and adults this book, pure and simple, reads like an after school special. The writing is too direct and overly simplistic much of the time as the characters all communicate incredibly openly and directly with everyone they meet, in a way that feels unnatural and unrealistic much of the time. Further, all of the characters have the exact same voice, so it is difficult to become invested in anyone in particular, making the perfectly okay story to be somewhat forgettable.

I would recommend this book all day long for readers ages 8-12, but not really for anyone past that.