Voices of Dragons

Carrie Vaughn, Author . HarperTeen $16.99 (309p) ISBN 978-0-06-179894-8

Ancient myths come into conflict with modern technology in Vaughn's (the Kitty Norville series) first YA novel. Although she's always lived in Silver River, Mont., on the border between human territory and the mountains ceded to the dragons after the last war, Kay has never seen a dragon up close. And for good reason: treaties forbid all contact. That changes when Kay meets Artegal, a dragon as curious about humans as Kay is about his species. Mutual interest blossoms into genuine friendship, in defiance of decades of border patrols and saber-rattling. Soon, they go from secret talks to secret flights, reviving long-lost traditions from when dragons and humans were friends, but while Kay and Artegal are bonding, others only want war between the species. Vaughn's story is charming and fast paced with a strong, likable heroine, although the narrative can hopscotch from moment to moment, focusing on Kay and Artegal to the detriment of the supporting characters; the abrupt ending blatantly sets up a sequel. Despite those drawbacks, there's plenty to enjoy in this girl-and-her-dragon twist on the forbidden friendship theme. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/22/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 309 pages - 978-0-06-154790-4
Hardcover - 336 pages - 978-0-06-179895-5
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-198748-9
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