The Uncommon Rider by Sarah Noffke – A Book Review

Posted December 28, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Fantasy, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

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The Uncommon Rider

(The Exceptional S. Beaufont – Book 1)

by Sarah Noffke & Micheal Anderle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

High Fantasy, YA
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Suitable for readers of all ages, this YA novel is a High Fantasy dream, pulling dragons, magic and even technology into the mix in a new world. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

The first dragon rider in over a hundred years has been born.

And it’s a girl.

Never before has a female been chosen to ride a dragon.

The Elite, a guild comprised exclusively of dragon riders, is dead according to most. No one has seen a rider in decades. The problems they used to fight overwhelm the world. Dragons are thought to be near extinction.

However, the Elite aren’t dead…

It’s just that a bunch of crusty, old men who do nothing that benefits the world at large are easy to mistake as useless corpses.

Sophia Beaufont is about to change all of that.

When the dragon egg that magnetized to her hatches, it sets Sophia on a new course. The Elite are immediately notified. She’s expected to train. To defend. To fight.

Sophia is ready to conquer evil, as the dragon riders should have been doing for centuries.

However, the Elite have been turning a blind eye, allowing the world to be overrun by criminals.

That’s all about to change.

S. Beaufont isn’t a girl who will be told to sit down and relax when a war is brewing that only a dragon rider can extinguish.

Thoughts on The Uncommon Rider


Like several other fantasy YA novels, this book is approachable for both adults and experienced, young readers. Ripe with magic, technology, myths and dragons, this is an epic adventure that weaves the exceptional with the mundane. Into this world comes a young girl, one who magnetizes to a dragon which accelerated her growth and maturity…. something desperately needed to bring the modern world to the archaic dragon elite. Which, of course, means havoc ensues! It’s fun, witty and a bit dangerous.


  • Rather charming.
  • World building is fun!
  • Love The FMC and her dragon.
  • Witty.


  • Just one big bad seems like a reach.
  • Bit disjointed in the beginning chapters.


Third Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type



PG (YA – suitable for all proficient reading levels)

Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range

18+… sort of? It’s complicated.

My Final Verdict on The Uncommon Rider

4 out of 5 Stars

Charming, quick witted and perfectly safe for YA readers, this High Fantasy explores the life of a modern girl initiated into the ranks of the ancient Dragon Elite. Fun and free on KU!

Published November 8th, 2019
542 Pages

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Your Turn

What are you reading today? Have you read this yet? Do you read these kind of books? Are you surprised I reviewed it? I realize that this title is not the usual genre or flavor to appear on my site, but, what can I say? I review what I like, and I enjoy the occasional YA. =) Be sure to check out other works by Sarah Noffke and Micheal Anderle!


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