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Dragon Rider (German title: Drachenreiter) is a fantasy novel, written by German author Cornelia Funke, and published in 1997. It has been translated twice, by Oliver Latsch and Anthea Bell.

The humans are invading the land of the dragons. its up to the silver dragon, Firedrake, and his Brownie friend, Sorrel, to find them a new home. Legend has it that deep in the himalayas is a valley called the Rim of Heaven where the dragons will be safe, they must find the valley before it is too late .... if it exists.

Along the way they meet a homeless boy called Ben who joins their search. They meet many extraordinary characters some who help and others who are not what they seem and always behind them is the menacing shadow of the 'Golden One'. Does the 'Rim of Heaven' really exist, will they reach the valley in time or will the Golden One catch up with them?

Reader's Reviews


Very exciting story, plenty of adventure here. It's a journey of excitement, trust, friendship and courage. Not a difficult book to read but Cornelia Funke keeps you on the edge of your chair right to the end.


Again, a very easy book to read but the adventure is thrilling and keeps you on edge. I like the characters and how they all have individual personality - and faults. l recommend for ages 8 - 11.


I think this is a really good book for all ages. I personally think that there should be a sequel.

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 8+

Clean. No bad language, and no unsuitable themes as some of Cornelia Funke's other books have.

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