A prince with a singularly bad record as a klutz is sent out after a rather harmless dragon with the intent to slay him. Naturally, they end by becoming fast friends.
There are definite echoes here of “The Reluctant Dragon,” which is why this story probably doesn’t work quite as well as “The Fable of the Three Princes,” its companion fairy tale in Magic. Not only does Asimov aim for the same whimsical tone as its more famous predecessor, but the plot has an awful lot of similarities, which makes the result even more derivitive than “Fable” and therefore not quite as good. This isn’t a bad story, but one has definitely seen better.
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