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"It's out there!" he cried. "It's out there!" "What's out there?" ... "The dragon, of course," he croaked. Trouble has a way of tracking Free Lance down. Protecting a rich merchant turns out to be anything but routine when campfire stories of legendary battles, mythical dragons and unimaginable treasure begin to take on a life of their own. Before long our hard-bitten hero is "It's out there!" he cried. "It's out there!" "What's out there?" ... "The dragon, of course," he croaked. Trouble has a way of tracking Free Lance down. Protecting a rich merchant turns out to be anything but routine when campfire stories of legendary battles, mythical dragons and unimaginable treasure begin to take on a life of their own. Before long our hard-bitten hero is facing his most terrifying challenge yet, and battling for his life.


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"It's out there!" he cried. "It's out there!" "What's out there?" ... "The dragon, of course," he croaked. Trouble has a way of tracking Free Lance down. Protecting a rich merchant turns out to be anything but routine when campfire stories of legendary battles, mythical dragons and unimaginable treasure begin to take on a life of their own. Before long our hard-bitten hero is "It's out there!" he cried. "It's out there!" "What's out there?" ... "The dragon, of course," he croaked. Trouble has a way of tracking Free Lance down. Protecting a rich merchant turns out to be anything but routine when campfire stories of legendary battles, mythical dragons and unimaginable treasure begin to take on a life of their own. Before long our hard-bitten hero is facing his most terrifying challenge yet, and battling for his life.

30 review for Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard (Free Lance, # 3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Borup

    When reading fiction (and narrative non-fiction) I like to employ the Time Machine test. A book passes if it stirs up emotions in me so strong that by the end of it I am aching to literally jump into a time machine and go visit that world (or Earth's equivalent, if the book deals with other worlds). DRAGON'S HOARD, I'm thrilled to say, passed the Time Machine test. This was the best of the series. While LAKE OF SKULLS was great, and JOUST OF HONOR was decent, DRAGON'S HOARD fulfilled everything t When reading fiction (and narrative non-fiction) I like to employ the Time Machine test. A book passes if it stirs up emotions in me so strong that by the end of it I am aching to literally jump into a time machine and go visit that world (or Earth's equivalent, if the book deals with other worlds). DRAGON'S HOARD, I'm thrilled to say, passed the Time Machine test. This was the best of the series. While LAKE OF SKULLS was great, and JOUST OF HONOR was decent, DRAGON'S HOARD fulfilled everything the other two were missing, plus a wonderful conclusion to the whole series. I particularly enjoyed Stewart & Riddell's version of a dragon. Quite refreshing! (But I won't spoil that here.) I discovered the all-star team of Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell when I was a young kid, in the form of the first book of THE EDGE CHRONICLES. I instantly fell in love, and have since read 11 EDGE CHRONICLES books, 3 FAR-FLUNG ADVENTURES books, 4 BARNABY GRIMES books (written in the same format as the Free Lance series, only better), and now the 3 books in the FREE LANCE series (called A KNIGHT'S STORY in America). I believe that Stewart & Riddell are two of the greatest story tellers for children, and I urge you to check out any of their works. I myself still need to read their 3 new EDGE CHRONICLES books, 3 WYRMEWEALD books, their MUDDLE-EARTH books (LOTR parody!!!), and their new SCAVENGERS series. Yes, I am a huge Stewart & Riddell fan. But if you read any of their books, you would see why. My favorite line in DRAGON'S HOARD: "With a mouth dustier than a monk's cloister, and a thirst to match, I headed for the nearest inn."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Cute serious. Perfect for boys reluctant to read anything. Nice and short. This one is about DRAGONS! Who doesn't like dragons?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard was a book I eagerly got out of my library many years again, after I binge read Stewart and Riddle's Edge Chronicles series. I didn't care that it was for a lower level readers than EC was, I just wanted to read more from Stewart and Riddle. Free Lance must steal precious items from the dragon's horde, and maybe even slay the dragon if it should so occur in that situation. I read this one pretty quickly, and honestly I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was bec Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard was a book I eagerly got out of my library many years again, after I binge read Stewart and Riddle's Edge Chronicles series. I didn't care that it was for a lower level readers than EC was, I just wanted to read more from Stewart and Riddle. Free Lance must steal precious items from the dragon's horde, and maybe even slay the dragon if it should so occur in that situation. I read this one pretty quickly, and honestly I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was because I was fresh off of reading EC but I felt this lacked a little bit. My heart didn't race, the story was quite rushed and, remarkably, I found Riddle's illustrations to be quite unforgettable. I only just happened upon this book and decided to review it when checking to see if Stewart had released anything new on here. The Free Lance series is definitely one for younger readers who like adventure and magical creatures. Not for older level readers who like a good fantasy. I still wish I had managed to enjoy this more than I did. Truly a shame.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    A very basic, almost (but not quite) stereotypical plot, but enlivened by engaging writing and beautiful illustrations.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    A quick easy story about a knight, a pretty girl, and a dragon. Super quick read, I read it during dinner!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karl Orbell

    This is the last in the Free Lance series and my least favourite. It is a fairly standard knight-in-shining-armour tale. A town scared of the dragon that causes them trouble, a damson in distress and a handful of shady characters and people of poor ethics. Chris Riddell's illustrations are excellent as ever, the story is well told, but very formulaic, certainly not a patch on the team's best work. It wraps up the series and is worth reading if you have read the other, better, two before it. As wi This is the last in the Free Lance series and my least favourite. It is a fairly standard knight-in-shining-armour tale. A town scared of the dragon that causes them trouble, a damson in distress and a handful of shady characters and people of poor ethics. Chris Riddell's illustrations are excellent as ever, the story is well told, but very formulaic, certainly not a patch on the team's best work. It wraps up the series and is worth reading if you have read the other, better, two before it. As with the others, it would be a reasonable bed time story for a youngster.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I guess this wrapped up the series well enough. It was on par with the previous two adventures, a bit too bloody in certain places, but high paced enough to keep any reader engaged, even if reading isn't really their thing. I kind of wish there had been a couple more books, but these three will do. At least Stewart and Riddell have other series to read after this one wrapped up so soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Cute series for boys. Quick read with lots of action. AND DRAGONS! Who doesn't like dragons?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    Cute little series. Happy Ending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is a good ending to the story but it is the least exciting and fun of the three books. I found it fun and am glad I read it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Commander Gree

    I hope it's good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caren

    This time he saves a poor damsel who has been sacrificed to the dragon to appease him, Kids would like these books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matilda

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb Evans

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shambolic Librarian

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Znelooman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  20. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Hamza

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dee Rakestraw-Arnett

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Harris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina Louise

  27. 5 out of 5

    FredererPower

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hamza Abu Layth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Silas Halliday

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jon Barker

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