Literature: Dragon Slippers

A series of three novels by Jessica Day George, Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, and Dragon Spear.

Creelisel, called Creel, is no ordinary girl. How many girls, when offered up to a dragon, can talk their way out of it? Not many. But not only did Creel do it, she went one step further. She convinced the dragon to give her a piece of his hoard; a pair of fine blue shoes. Dragon Slippers.

How many commoners could befriend a prince their very first day in the capital city? How many humans could befriend the King of Dragons? How many farm girls could stop a war?

No, Creel is no ordinary girl.

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Dragon Slippers contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Creel becomes this by the third book, and her friend Marta also is this, especially in Dragon Flight.
  • The Beastmaster: The slippers give the wearer this power over the dragons.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Azarte
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Princess Amalia.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Amalia uses the slippers to control all the dragons in Feravel. In the second book Krashath kidnaps dragons and forces them to serve as the steeds of the Citatian army using collars that cause this.
  • Cool Old Guy / Cool Old Lady: The Duke and Duchess of Mordrel would qualify as these if they had more screentime.
  • Dark Action Girl: Princess Amalia.
  • Dragon Hoard: Few if any of the dragons actually hoard gold. They are more along the lines of collectors, each deciding on something they find interesting and forming collections of whatever that happens to be. Some of the hoards mentioned in the books include stained glass, tapestries, books, dresses, dogs, shoes, and humans, although this practice is looked down on and considered revolting by the majority of the dragons.
  • Dragon Rider: Appears to some degree in all three books, but featured most heavily in Dragon Flight, when the dragons are being mind-controlled by another dragon into the mindless steads of an invading army. Overall, dragons are happy to give rides to their friends, provided they ask first.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: The Triune Gods, Regunin, Caxon, and Jylla, as well as the dragon First Mother.
  • Handicapped Badass: Tobin, who is mute, is Luka and Miles' bodyguard.
  • Heroic Willpower: Shardas has this. It allows him to resist the control of the slippers until they are physically in his presence, and even then is able to stop himself from killing Creel when Amalia ordered him to. He is able to completely shake off the control once he discovers Velika is alive. Averted by Feniul, in that he only manages to resist the slippers due to his fear of being seen by humans.
  • Pregnant Hostage: In the third book, Velika is kidnapped shortly before she is ready to lay her eggs.
  • Royal Brat: Princess Amalia
  • The Protagonist: Creel, although she does have some trace elements of both The Hero and The Chick.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Krashath controlled the king of Citatie using an enchanted helmet.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Creel is stunning, particularly when wearing dresses she designed herself.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Subverted. While Luka's father isn't excited about Creel marrying Luka, there isn't much he can do since Luka is the second son and not the heir. Plus, Creel is popular among the people.
  • Standard Heroine Reward: King Caxel offers to marry Creel to his elder son Miles. Creel turns him down, but later muses that King Caxel offered the wrong prince.
  • Stockholm Syndrome / Lima Syndrome: Peder No-People grows rather fond of Shardas's group, and shows some reluctance to return to his mother. On their end, his captors feel badly for him, and only keep him prisoner to protect themselves from discovery. By the time he is released, he and Roginet are shown to have become rather fond of each other.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Seamstressing is Creel's day job. Embroidery is her gift.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: King Milun the First. While everyone thinks he was a great friend of the dragons, explaining their participation in Feravelan wars, Milun really cut hide from the Dragon Queen to make the titular slippers, using their power to make slaves of the dragons. Shardas the Dragon King and his people all know this, but what no one knows until Creel starts poking around Feravel's dirty laundry at the end of the first book, is that Milun imprisoned Dragon Queen Velika in the palace catacombs rather than killing her.