Book One: Moon, a novelization of the first season of Netflix’s The Dragon Prince, was released in June 2020. Written by the show’s co-creator Aaron Ehasz and his wife, Melanie McGanney Ehasz, the book captures the spirit of the show while probing deeper into its characters and lore.
What is The Dragon Prince?
The Dragon Prince has been a hidden gem in Netflix’s arsenal of original programming for years now, and while the series has been well-received it still hasn’t taken its rightful place in the zeitgeist. Co-created by Justin Richmond and Aaron Ehasz (who worked as head writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender), the show has all the depth and wonder that made Avatar: The Last Airbender a cultural touchstone and should appeal to both children and adults.
The story takes place in the fictional land of Xadia where humans and elves are on the brink of war. Months before the story begins, humans snuck into elven lands, murdered the Dragon King, and supposedly destroyed his heir’s egg. It’s quickly revealed that the egg was stolen, not destroyed, and The Dragon Prince follows the journey of an elven assassin and two human princes as they attempt to return it to its mother and avert the coming war.
From Screen to Page
Book One: Moon is an adaptation of the first season of the television show. It brings the three main characters together and sets them on their journey, while introducing the series’ cast of memorable supporting characters who help or hinder them on their journey. The series’ primary antagonist, the dark mage Viren, and his two children also play a prominent role in the book.
One of the biggest challenges for a novelization of this type is bringing something new to the table. The first season of The Dragon Prince was released in 2018, so Book One: Moon’s story is nearly two years old—and easily accessible on Netflix. So, what makes it worth revisiting in this new medium?
Its primary appeal is the writing. Aaron and Melanie Ehasz are truly gifted storytellers, and this novelization—written with children in mind—is head and shoulders above most fantasy books you’ll find on the market today for readers of any age. The writing is clear and lyrical, capturing the tone of the show perfectly and recreating its blend of wonder, action, and humor. Chapters are short and the book, coming in at 276 pages, flies by.
The benefit of a book versus a television show is, of course, depth. The authors are able to tell the same story the show tells, but also provide greater insight into the world of Xadia and the characters themselves, but in a way that’s always interesting and entertaining; nothing feels needlessly tacked on to flesh out the story here. And, honestly, even without the extra details we’re given, The Dragon Prince tells such an engaging story that if this were a 1:1 transcription of the show it would probably still be worth picking up. The fact that it’s more than that is just icing on the cake.
It’s a challenging and confusing time for everyone in the world right now, especially children, and I genuinely believe that The Dragon Prince is one of the best escapes you can offer them. The show, which will remind viewers of Avatar: The Last Airbender due to its complexity, thoughtfulness, and inventiveness, is readily available on Netflix—and Book One: Moon is the perfect companion piece to it.
This is fantasy done right for readers of all ages and a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon (or two, or three). The novel will entertain children and adults, whether they’ve watched the series it’s based on or not. And, if we’re lucky, this is just the first in a trilogy of books based on the show’s three seasons. Because of all that, I’m saying Book One: Moon is Must-Read Entertainment.