Normally I don’t read the prologues of books, I usually skip ahead to the first chapter. This prologue, though, caught my eye and caused me to pause and read it. The struggle of the beetle buying time for his life from the spider, in the prologue, was very fascinating and set the mood for what was to come.
In the beginning of the story, the suspense from us wondering what is going to happen to the beetle, switches to us wondering what this strange newborn is. His parents are not around and an ogger finds him and calls him Qiver. They set off to find out what Qiver is, and along the way they meet a bumbling lork and a wizard who tells Qiver that he is a dragon. The wizard informs the group that some dragons are bad because they can fly and are a threat to their woods. What will happen to Qiver and his crew? Will they help the wizard with the dragons?
This group’s adventure doesn’t have a whole lot of suspense but it has just enough to set you on edge. There is a little bit of grotesqueness throughout the book, but not enough to make someone nauseous. This book is definitely geared towards late elementary school children to early middle schoolers.