The Dragon of Two Hearts

The Dragon of Two Hearts The wild dragon Scorch has devastated the lands surrounding the kingdom of Gladur Nock He demands a steady tribute which impoverishes the common folk and imposes upon them a mood of fear desperati

  • Title: The Dragon of Two Hearts
  • Author: Donald Samson
  • ISBN: 9781888365931
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • The wild dragon, Scorch, has devastated the lands surrounding the kingdom of Gladur Nock He demands a steady tribute, which impoverishes the common folk and imposes upon them a mood of fear, desperation and want The errant knight Michael hears of their distress and armed with his knowledge of dragons, travels to offer his support On his way, he falls in with a communityThe wild dragon, Scorch, has devastated the lands surrounding the kingdom of Gladur Nock He demands a steady tribute, which impoverishes the common folk and imposes upon them a mood of fear, desperation and want The errant knight Michael hears of their distress and armed with his knowledge of dragons, travels to offer his support On his way, he falls in with a community of townspeople living in the forest They have sought refuge in the woods, but live in constant fear of discovery They claim to be escaping not only the destruction of the dragon, but also the oppressive rule of the king of Gladur Nock The knight realizes that the situation was far complicated than he had first thought Continuing on his journey, the knight is ambushed and taken prisoner by a troupe of mercenaries capturing men like himself traveling cross country He is bound with the others and delivered to the dungeons of Gladur Nock The dungeons are a training camp where the men are sorted out by their ability to fight Soon, due to his skill at arms, Michael is sent to the Warrior Compound where only the best are trained Princess Aina, a warrior maiden, oversees their training He discovers that they are being prepared to go and face the dragon in single combat In a rare visit, the king exhorts the warriors to be brave and bring him back the dragon s heart Due to his exceptional skills, Michael is soon chosen as the next King s Champion to go face Scorch Michael is guest of honor at a banquet, but is disgusted at how the nobility feast and place wagers on how long he will last before the dragon eats him While awaiting his appointed day, Michael is in the care and guidance of the princess He discovers that Aina is equally repulsed by how lightly the king and the aristocracy take each knight s sacrifice of his life Her sympathies lie with the oppressed common folk who go hungry while the privileged classes feast Aina takes Michael with her repeatedly on her outings to dole out grain to the hungry Although Michael had at first viewed her as an adversary, he now sees that Aina is his one true ally Michael rides off to battle with Scorch When they meet and take their measure of one another, Michael discovers that his ability to understand Star s speech allows him to also communicate with Scorch The dragon is surprised and intrigued to find a human being able to speak with him The two engage in a duel of the words where the knight attempts to reform the wild dragon from his destructive ways Scorch spurns Michael s efforts, and in the end they do battle with one another With the skills he had learned from Star, Michael is able to befuddle Scorch s efforts to quickly make an end of him But Star had always impressed on his young apprentice that in battle, the dragon will always, eventually come out on top Overwhelmed by exhaustion, Michael succumbs In true dragon fashion, Scorch does not kill his opponent outright, but drags him back to his hoard where he will slowly squeeze the life out of him Lying beneath the dragon s crushing weight, broken and defeated, Michael reflects on his life and his teachings Could it be that all dragons carry the same secret, yet elusive, opening to their hearts, available only to the knight at the moment of defeat and imminent death In a final gesture of farewell to life, Michael connects his heart to that of the disgusting beast that has defeated him At that moment of union, a transformation occurs, and the dragon is awakened as if from a slumbering nightmare The dragon Scorch is none other than Michael s own beloved Star, distorted by exposure to the greed, violence and cruelty of the king and his court Michael gesture has returned him to his peaceful state Full of remorse for the destruction he has caused, Star sets about healing he countryside, and offers to counsel Michael how to depose the wicked king, without putting himself in danger of returning to his wild nature through exposure to violence Aina and Michael gather to themselves men at arms from the encampment in the forest They lay a trap for the king who has pursued him with an army in order to put an end to the rebellious forces and rumors of the knight who claims to have tamed the dragon Michael and his forces are vastly outnumbered, but reinforcements from Nogardia suddenly arrive, led by none other than Aga and Michael s childhood friend, Colin The king is routed and defeated Aina is joyfully received by her people to free them from their oppressors Michael s own noble past is revealed, and a royal wedding is planned Star willingly places himself in Michael s care to bring blessings to the kingdom he had devastated as Scorch.

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    About "Donald Samson"

    1. Donald Samson

      For nineteen years I was a Waldorf classroom teacher in grades 1 8 I had the pleasure of telling my students a story every day I was able to share all of my favorite fairy tales, saint stories, fables, myths, and historical biographies depending on the grade One autumn, I wanted to tell my children a new story, one that had never been told before The story went on for weeks The children loved the story so much, they badgered me until I wrote it down for them Once it was written, I realized it was a well told tale and a gift for any young reader to enjoy It was the first book in the Star Trilogy, The Dragon Boy Since the release of the second book, The Dragon of Two Hearts, I chose to take a leave of absence from the classroom and devote my time to writing, visiting classrooms to talk about the author s process, and marketing my books I am presently on a long tour through the Southwest on this mission To learn about my books, visit my website, thedragonboy

    654 thoughts on “The Dragon of Two Hearts”

    1. This is the sequel to The Dragon Boy, and the beginning is promising. The writing borrows some of the maturity of the adult protagonist. Michael (in the previous book ‘boy’) is now a mature knight with many adventures under his belt, but he has yet to fight a dragon. He is traveling to where he has heard a wild dragon has settled. This is an active choice, and he has qualms about his decision, creating internal conflict before any other characters enter. When they do, he handles himself with [...]



    2. Yet another amazing book that I think my husband and son will love! This story takes place approximately 15 years after the first book "The Dragon Boy." I say approximately because the knight Michael isn't really sure how long he has been a wondering knight. It has been so long that it's almost all he can remember of his life, other than being trained to be a knight by the luck dragon Star. He has spent all these years wandering the country, helping people in need, and trying to find a dragon. Y [...]


    3. I don't quite know what to make of this trilogy. The writing isn't as good as the story. That's the long and short of it, I guess. And the story got a bit muddled in this one. It didn't help that the hero aged 15 or 20 years between the first book and this. That's an awkward age jump for any author to attempt and I can't say Samson was successful. I'm disappointed because I ended up really liking the first one. Oh, well.There wasn't as much of an arc in this book -- things just sort of stumbled [...]


    4. An exciting continuation from the first book. This story is well written. If you love dragon stories, boys coming of age-growing strong- with a good nature- learning from hard work, then you will enjoy this story. Michael goes off to have adventures and many years go by. He hears of a dragon that is causing trouble and travels to that kingdom. On route there, he is captured and put to work with those who will be sacrificed to try and slay the dragon. He meets the princess ( who should have been [...]


    5. I had a lovely discussion about how our moods sit in our trunk area - heart, lungs and so forth - and our thoughts in our head space. How the trunk is like the moon, the head the sun and how we are affected by both - women especially the moon. A student then said, " lt makes sense then that Aina could understand Star's heart/feelings and Michael his mind/thoughts." Excellent story for considering morality, bravery, love and loyalty.


    6. When authors come to my school, I always get a few books and have them sign them. So when Donald Samson came to my school a year or 2 ago, I got the first 2 books. (The 3rd hadn't come out yet) I was immediately into the book by the first chapter, at the most. Both the 1st and 2nd books were amazing!


    7. The dragon of two hearts was an excellent read it always had something going on and the story all came together at the end. I love the authors writing technique. i would first sight the dragon boy which was the first book. I suggest this to middle schoolers and up. .


    8. Liked how the story got more complicatedke it was growing up with its readers. Looking forward to book 3






    9. It was an amazing second book. And I loved it how the author brought back old secrets and knowledge from the first book as well as old characters. Defiantly a favorite.



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