Age of Fire #1. Author: E.E. Knight.
After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who’s killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime.
Tracking Auron, a rare grey dragon, from his birth through his life Dragon Champion is reminiscent of Watership Down, the Warriors series, and Redwall. The setting is very classic-fantasy, with elves, dwarves, kings and dragons, but E.E. Knight puts a new spin on it with his draconic pov. The dragons as a species are very well developed. Even though Auron doesn’t know all the lore and traditions, he knows enough to give us an outline, and we can see the absence of what he couldn’t learn from dead parents. Not the fastest paced book, but I really enjoyed it.
Sexual content: A male dragon who has lived alone most of his life feels a strange sexual/violent attraction to the first females he sees in a long time, who are human; he recognizes it as perverted and deliberately does not act on it. Humans try to control and breed dragons: the pov male dragon becomes involved with them and is once or twice introduced as a stud into a cavern where the females are kept partially chained. He is in fact on their side and takes no advantage of them. There is one mating flight in which two dragons fly up together, embrace, and fall apart (there’s really no more description than that).
Language: 2 derogatory terms
Violence: Dragon nestlings fight as soon as they leave the egg. One is killed, and another crippled. Several dragons killed by human archers. Multiple humans killed (sometimes eaten), by a dragon. Nestling is captured and chained up.