Literature: Dragon Slayers' Academy
So you're a medieval peasant boy living a typical medieval peasant life
, until one day a traveling minstrel tells you that you're destined to become a hero. What do you do? Enroll at a school for dragon slayers, of course! It's not all it's cracked up to be, though; the food is terrible, the teachers are kind of weird
, the headmaster
cares more about gold than the welfare of his students, and on top of all that, there's the frequent encounters
with a wizard who can't do anything right
. This is the premise of Dragon Slayers' Academy
, a series of children's books
by Kate McMullan. The series chronicles the strange (and occasionally downright improbable) adventures of Wiglaf, a student at the eponymous Dragon Slayers' Academy.
List of books in the series
- The New Kid at School
- Revenge of the Dragon Lady
- Class Trip to the Cave of Doom
- A Wedding for Wiglaf?
- Knight for a Day
- Sir Lancelot, Where Are You?
- Wheel of Misfortune
- Countdown to the Year 1000
- 97 Ways to Train a Dragon
- Help! It's Parents Day at DSA
- Danger! Wizard at Work!
- The Ghost of Sir Herbert Dungeonstone
- Beware! It's Friday the 13th
- Pig Latin — Not Just for Pigs!
- Double Dragon Trouble
- World's Oldest Living Dragon
- Hail! Hail! Camp Dragononka
- Never Trust a Troll!
- Little Giant — Big Trouble
- School's Out... Forever!
These books provide examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Zelnoc never pronounces Wiglaf's name correctly.
- Adults Are Useless
- Afraid of Blood: Wiglaf.
- Anachronism Stew: There's a lot of this, in case the fact that the books are set in a school during the medieval period didn't tip you off.
- Badass Princess: Erica.
- Baleful Polymorph: In Danger! Wizard at Work!, Zelnoc turns the main characters into dragons.
- Big Eater: Angus.
- Black Sheep: Wiglaf. Justified in the final book when it turns out he was accidentally Switched at Birth with his family's real son. Wiglaf is actually royalty.
- Cool Old Lady: Angus's aunt (and Mordred's sister), Lady Lobelia.
- Crossover: Countdown to the Year 1000 is a crossover with The Zack Files.
- Dean Bitterman: Mordred.
- The Dung Ages
- Extranormal Institute: Aside from the Dragon Slayers' Academy itself, there's also the other DSA, the Dragon Slackers' Academy (a school for dragons who are also slackers).
- Fantastic Racism: Goes both ways with humans and dragons.
- Intellectual Animal: Daisy.
- Jerkass: Mordred.
- Kid Hero: The entire point of DSA is to create these.
- Massive Numbered Siblings:
- Money Fetish: Mordred will do pretty much anything to get his hands on some gold.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Seetha.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Daisy.
- Only Sane Man: DSA's librarian, Brother Dave is one of the very few adult characters who isn't The Ditz, a Jerkass, incompetent, or all three.
- Pig Latin: Daisy (who is an actual pig) speaks Pig Latin because Zelnoc messed up a spell that was meant to turn her into a Talking Animal. In Pig Latin — Not Just for Pigs!, King Ken also ends up speaking Pig Latin after yet another messed-up spell, courtesy of Zelnoc.
- Public Domain Character: Characters from the Arthurian mythos are featured in some of the books.
- Red-Headed Hero: Wiglaf.
- Revenge: In Revenge of the Dragon Lady, Seetha comes after Wiglaf for killing one of her sons (hence the title).
- The Sixth Ranger: Technically the fourth ranger — Janice, who joins the Power Trio after DSA starts accepting female students.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Definitely on the silly end of the scale.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Erica, until Mordred turns DSA into a co-ed school (because more students = more money).
- Talking Animal: Parodied with Daisy, who can only speak Pig Latin.
- íThree Amigos!: Wiglaf, Angus, and Erica.
- Uplifted Animal: Daisy.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Every dragon has a secret weakness, and some of them are very weak. For example, Gorzil's is bad jokes and Seetha's is bathing.