Dragonscale Leggings

Genre: Fantasy

For Fans Of

Terry Pratchett David Eddings

Book Summary

Imagine Bridget Jones meeting Alice in Wonderland.

“Written as a journal, there is humour and imagination, an original take on dragons, a fiercely independent female lead, and a playful twist on Arthurian legend.” Francis James Franklin

Meet Dracomagan who's lost her memory and is travelling in a land where only men can be dragon slayers.

Experiencing a fear of wizards (she doesn't know why) and persecuted by the knights of Camelot II (for being a female dragon slayer), Dracomagan romps through a rich and varied landscape.

When she ends up in prison with the knights determined to execute her, Dracomagan's only help comes from a retired pirate. Will he be able to reach Merlin before the knights prove she is guilty of crimes she hasn't committed?

Fantastical humour with tongue-in-cheek references to fantasy stereotypes, this is one book you HAVE to read before you die!


Mike Wolff
Dragonscale Leggings was an interesting, fun read. It pokes fun at a genre that many take way too seriously. I love a well-written parody. This Fantasy Parody is just that, well-written. Written as the journal of the main character, this story moved along quite nicely, expect for the time in prison. Sure, prison time never moves fast, or so I’ve been told, but that part of the book was the only part I took issue with.
The author is very talented, is able to create a likeable character, a not-likeable character, and can paint a picture in the reader’s mind without going into excess detail. The prose was fluid and easy to read. I really liked this story and plan on looking into more titles by the author.
Highly Recommended.

Writing comedy is very hard to get right. I can count on the fingers of one hand the writers of fantasy comedy I can think of that do it well. Now I've read Dragonscale Leggings, I'd have to add Freya Pickard to that list. I have to admit, when I first started reading Dragonscale Leggings I wasn't sure what to expect. I often find that the jokes in comedy fiction fall flat and that somehow, it misses the mark. Dragonscale Leggings though, is a great read, and very very funny.
The reason it works so well is that we have a combination of great storytelling and great characters. Dracomagan is a kick ass 21st-century gal who winds up in a land of Arthurian legend with the job of being a dragon slayer. But she doesn't let this get in her way, and goes about her business with a blatant disregard for the rules of the day and with a witty sarcasm that often had me laughing out loud. This is a heroine who knows what she wants and how to get it. There is a great supporting cast as well, including some very delicate dragons and some less than chivalrous knights. But the best supporting character has to be Tygar, Dracomagan's horse who could easily have a book all to himself. The interplay between Dracomagan and Tygar provide lots of the laugh out loud moments in the book.
I would have liked the story to be a little longer as I really wanted to see more of Dracomagan and Tygar's adventures. Luckily, the book ends at a perfect point to allow for sequels and I hope in time Freya Pickard will add to Dracomagan's adventures. I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes fantasy and a good laugh into the bargain.

Francis James Franklin
An entertaining tale of a woman from our world waking up one day in an alternative reality as a dragon slayer with amnesia. Written as a journal, there is humour and imagination, an original take on dragons, a fiercely independent female lead, and a playful twist on Arthurian legend. Fans of Gilbert and Sullivan will even get to sing along in places...

I was recommended to read this book by a friend who thought I needed cheering up. And in these days when one's job is uncertain and the whole financial situation is looking appalling, I suppose the book did what my friend wanted it to. The central character, Dracomagan, is an engaging and entertaining person who comes alive on the first page. Although the book is not the sort of genre I generally read, it was not, to my relief full of ethereal elves and talking creatures. Well, the dragons talk and are rather rude actually! It's as if the author has held up a mirror to the fantasy genre and had a really good laugh at it. I had a good laugh too. If you want a bit of light entertainment and good belly laugh in every chapter, this is the book to buy. If there are any more follow on books I'd definitely read them.

This is my second book I read in English...I prefer to read in my mother tongue language (Russian) as it is easier and more relaxing for me, but I really enjoyed reading it!
I loved the heroine's character. She is brave and funny. The dragons are surprisingly interesting/smelly creatures :-)...
Very positive feelings during the reading
I am waiting for the continue now... Hope she will meet that musician again ;-)

E Pope
I read this fabulous book in under two hours; loved it and i can't wait for the next exciting installment. It is definately one of those types of books that once you start you cannot stop. Well done Freya - you're heading for more successes i'm sure.

Troy - on Goodreads
This is an excellent parody of the fantasy genre, and the authoress does a smashing good job of lampooning its conventions and tropes while telling a compelling story with memorable characters. What happens at the end will surprise you.

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About the Author

Freya Pickard is the Author of The Kaerling series, an epic fantasy set in the strange and wonderful world of Nirunen. She writes mainly fantasy tales and creates poetry in order to rest the prose side of her brain. Her aim in life is to enchant, entertain and engage with readers through her writing. She finds her inspiration in the ocean, beautifully written books and vinyl music (particularly heavy metal and rock). Her most recent relaxation techniques to get her through lockdown include hatha yoga and painting landscapes and monsters in watercolour.

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