''The Dragon Hoard'' is a fantasy novel, Creator/TanithLee's first, and a FracturedFairyTale retelling the story of Jason and Medea -- kind of.

When Prince Jasleth and Princess Goodness are cursed by a sorceress who wasn't invited to their birthday, their kingdom is threatened with ruin and Jasleth is forced to go and seek his fortune. After several false starts, he joins up with Prince Fearless, who is recruiting heroes for a quest to sail to a distant kingdom and recover the fabled Dragon Hoard.
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!!Tropes included:

* {{Curse}}: A significant plot driver.
* DragonHoard: Obviously. The trope is also parodied in a story-within-the-story that includes a dragon who can't hoard gold because he's allergic to it.
* EvilSorcerer: There are a few, including Stamp-Weed, the appropriately-named Awful, and several others unnamed; there are also several very unpleasant sorceresses.
* {{Gesundheit}}:
-->"It's Maligna!" cried Jasleth.\\
"Bless you," said Fearless.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Princess Goodness, who lives up to her name, has hair "just the colour of summer sunlight" in the first chapter and "bright golden as a buttercup" in the last.
* HandsOffMyFluffy: Early, while Jasleth is looking for a quest to join or a monster to slay, he comes across a prince tussling with a two-headed monster, but it turns out that the monster is the prince's pet, they were just playing, and neither appreciates Jasleth's offer of assistance.
* HappilyEverAfter: The end states in as many words that everybody lived happily ever after. Well, ''almost'' everybody...
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The fates of most of the villains.
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Jasleth gets a (short-lived) job in an apple orchard, hoping to find that one of the apple trees bears magic apples or is an enchanted princess. Much later, he encounters a grove of magic fruit trees that grow fruit made of gold; the varieties mentioned include oranges, plums, damsons and, inevitably, apples.
* ImpossibleTask: The tasks the heroes are required to do before retrieving the Hoard: taming a pair of wild, fire-breathing horses; emptying a lake into a jug; and bringing back a magic orange from the grove at the far end of the kingdom in less than a day. (Not to mention, after all that they still have to deal with the ''dragon''.)
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Jasleth is cursed to turn into a raven for one hour a day -- and it's a different hour every day, at random, so he never knows when it's about to happen until it does.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: The chapter headings
* LoveAtFirstSight: Multiple examples, most notably Prince Jasleth and Princess Jadelli.
* MagicMirror: Maligna has one, with the standard feature set: it talks, answers questions like "Who is the fairest of them all?", and can show events occurring distant places.
* MeaningfulName: Plenty -- King August, King [[ColorCodedPatrician Purple]], Prince Fearless, Princess Goodness, the sorceress Maligna, the sorcerer Awful, ...
* MobileShrubbery: After the heroes' ship is captured by the sea-creatures of Queen Emeraldis, Jasleth the raven sneaks aboard disguised in a large seashell.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: When Jasleth and Fearless are discussing what to do about the dragon that guards the hoard.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: It has several wildly different types of dragon, including (although only in the StoryWithinAStory) one that's allergic to gold.
* PluckyComicRelief: Prince Sillius
* PurelyAestheticEra: ''The Dragon Hoard'' has a non-specifically-medieval European setting, with references to modern concepts like dentists and deckchairs as dictated by the RuleOfFunny.
* TheQuest: To retrieve the Dragon Hoard.
* RagsToRoyalty: The royalty-to-rags-to-royalty version for Jasleth's family.
* RevengeSVP: Maligna's motivation for messing with Jasleth's family.
* StandardHeroReward: When Prince Fearless is recruiting heroes to his quest for the Dragon Hoard, his father insists on offering his daughter's hand in marriage as a prize for the hero who does the most during the quest. Fearless, who is keenly aware that his sister is a RoyalBrat, tries unsuccessfully to dissuade him, and actually ''apologises'' to the "winning" hero. (Fortunately, it turns out there is a prince who loves her despite her faults, thus allowing the winner an excuse to nobly relinquish his claim.)
* StoryWithinAStory: When the heroes are forced by the sorcerer Awful to tell a story or perish.
* TakenForGranite: The heroes come across an island where everything has been turned to stone by an evil sorceress.
* TalkingAnimal: Every animal in ''The Dragon Hoard''.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: Jasleth, faced with a group of men with hostile intent, attempts to distract them by engaging them in a conversation about the shape of a cloud. It doesn't work.
* ThickerThanWater: Jasleth resorts to several deceptions to secure a place on the Hoard Quest; when the other questors find out, they forgive him because he only did it to help his family.
* TreacherousAdvisor: The sorceress Maligna arranges to become one to the heroes in order to prevent their quest from succeeding.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: Jasleth and other rowers hide to await the sea monster and attack it, but when it actually appears, they nervously offer each other the chance to do it.
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