Science fiction, haven't read it. I just can't get myself started on it, so I decided to list it. The blurb says "The wizard Tarquin valued the miniature dragon Fanuilh as his familiar-and the human Liam as his friend. And when Tarquin was murdered in bed one rainy night, both were left to grieve-and to seek justice.
If Liam succeeds in his task, Fanuilh will accept him as master, and teach him all he knows of the wizard's magical arts.