Dragon's Teeth: 04/04/10
Paulus of the king's guard has made a career of questing for his monarchs. After brining home the spirit of a long dead king he is sent to kill a dragon for the queen. He must prove his deed with the teeth and tail. He succeeds but the task nearly costs him his life.
Like so many heroes, Paulus finds himself in the care of a maiden who mends him back to health. Their friendship and his commitment to the Queen drive emotions of the story.
When I first read "Dragon's Teeth" I struggled with it. I'm not of a reader of high fantasy (Tolkien being the one big exception for me). In between that first read and my second I've read two other quest stories, Un Lun Dun by China Mièville and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Between the two, things clicked for me with the story; Joy is Paulus's Circe.