Bob the Dragon Slayer - Book Review
This very fun, exciting, fast-paced, warm novella - Bob the
Dragon Slayer by Harry E. Gilleland Jr. - was a great
afternoon read. In only 99 pages, this poet and author takes
readers on a glorious adventure.
Bob, an orphaned peasant lad witnesses a dragon
destroying an entire village and dreams of becoming a
knight. Within a short time Bob is presented with a
historically important magical sword by a strange wizard
named Stephen. The trouble is that no one else can see
the wizard who only appears when people are not around.
This does not damper the doubt in the minds of those
around the ambitious peasant boy.
Bob's fierce, but chance victories with dragons build respect
from the people throughout the land. Soon it is discovered
that Bob has royal lineage - in fact the brave peasant
dragon-slayer that had once desired to be a knight above all
else, is actually the rightful King. Bob becomes the only
hope of uniting the people of his land against an evil King
bent on conquering and destruction.
Saving the kingdom with the help of his mighty sword, a
meddling wizard and loyal friends takes the young man on
adventures he had never dreamed of before. Far beyond
involving dragons, damsels in distress, civil war and
romance, he also had to think his way around of legal
obstacles along the way and politics between peoples.
This is an excellent book for anyone over the age of 10.
Author: Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.
Publisher: Lulu Press
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book
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