Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care & Feeding of British Dragons
by Quenby Olson
Miss Mildred Percy inherits a dragon.
Ah, but we’ve already got ahead of ourselves…
Miss Mildred Percy is a spinster. She does not dance, she has long stopped dreaming, and she certainly does not have adventures. That is, until her great uncle has the audacity to leave her an inheritance, one that includes a dragon’s egg.
The egg - as eggs are wont to do - decides to hatch, and Miss Mildred Percy is suddenly thrust out of the role of “spinster and general wallflower” and into the unprecedented position of “spinster and keeper of dragons.”
But England has not seen a dragon since… well, ever. And now Mildred must contend with raising a dragon (that should not exist), kindling a romance (with a humble vicar), and embarking on an adventure she never thought could be hers for the taking.
SPFBO8 – Our Reviews
“To my cat, Dog (Nermal, Jerkface): You peed on our things. You brought us mice and let them loose in the house. We constantly had to trim your rear end hair so you wouldn’t get poop caught in it. And the hairballs, oh my gosh. But there would absolutely and 100% be no Fitz without you. I love you and I miss”
When it comes to general practicalities, Miss Mildred Percy is the standard. She looks after her sisters’ children, keeps to herself, and never does anything out of the ordinary. However, all of that is about to change with the arrival of a letter.
When she is informed of an inheritance coming her way, she is unsure of what to expect. What she didn’t expect was a large trunk full of random odds and ends – things that her uncle apparently treasured, but she was unsure as to why he thought of leaving them to her. Truth be told, she was not even sure she remembered much about the gentleman.
Nestled in the trunk, there was a large stone – but she is about to discover that it is more than just an odd piece of rock – it is an egg. A dragon egg to be exact.
With the arrival of a dragon, she is drawn into a friendship and conspiratorial silence with the village vicar, who is helping her to hide Fitz, the beloved dragon, and his darling housekeeper, who is helping to feed the new arrival.
She is about to discover that there is more to this inheritance than she figured and learns a few things about herself as well.
Oh, my goodness! I absolutely LOVED this book! I had a tough time putting it down, although life did intervene enough to make me impatient to get back to reading. This is one book that I highly recommend. It is a fabulous adventure, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series (which is currently sitting in my audible cart), to learn more about this grand adventure that is beginning. Strong 10/10 for this book!
SPFBO Score: 10 out of possible 10.
A cozy fantasy that truly fits the name of it’s genre; full of hot tea, cakes, and baby dragons, the Victorian inspired setting glows with an inner warmth. We follow Mildred as she receives an unexpected inheritance that disrupts her life as a wallflower and shows her that just maybe there is merit in living a life fully for herself. Alongside the heartwarming characters and story, we are also given an unexpected dose of humor. I found myself chuckling out loud quite often (which is rare for me) and frequently highlighting witty passages that I want to return to at a later date.
The only critique I have that kept Miss Percy from being a full 5 star for me was that the pacing felt a bit off. The transition from cozy countryside life being disrupted by a tiny dragon to realization of the possibilities said disruption held was a bit too slow for my liking. I wanted to get out there and see what the world had to offer quicker than our main characters, but I recognize that this may just be a personal preference.
Either way, as an avid fan of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, I am delighted to have found Miss Percy as a possible gap filler for the “dragons in Victorian England” sub-genre and am excited for installments to come.