by Kate O'Hearn
Part of the Shadow of the Dragon series
Under no circumstances are girls EVER to be allowed anywhere near dragons. THE PENALTY FOR ANY GIRL CAUGHT BREAKING THE FIRST LAW IS DEATH.
Kira is twelve, and strong willed. The daughter of a retired dragon knight, she yearns for adventure and dreams of following in her father's footsteps astride her own magnificent mount.
But this can never happen. According to the 'stupid laws' of the kingdom, she must be married by thirteen.
Kira hates it, but being a girl she has no choice. Then Lord Dorcon arrives, in a whirl of destruction and fire and Kira knows the real fight is just beginning.
To stand a chance of seeing her family again, and to protect the life of her younger sister, she will need every bit of willpower she can find.
Let the battle commence.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 03/04/2008
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780340945285
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Review by wyvernfriend
Kira is twelve, time for her, according to the law, to get married. The law is very proscriptive about women and girls and she's not happy. She's made even unhappier when soldiers of the king turn up, take her family away and she's on the run with her younger sister, Elspeth. Their adventures and the adventures of her brother, Dane, press-ganged into the Dragon Knights make for an interesting story.I enjoyed it, would have liked a few more details occasionally but otherwise a good read.
Review by boppisces
First in a series called ‘Shadow of the Dragon’. Twelve year old Kira is the daughter of a retired dragon knight and longs to work with the wild and unfriendly dragons herself. Her yearning for adventure is curtailed by the draconian laws of the kingdom. According to the law, girls must be married by the age of thirteen, cannot be educated, hunt, fight or even leave home without an escort. The penalty for disobedience is death.Lord Dorcon arrives with his knights at Kira’s home and captures her father, mother and brother, Dane, to serve in the war the brutal king has instigated. While Lord Dorcon is burning their home, Kira and her younger sister, Elspeth hide in the fields. They become fugitives, under penalty of death, hunted by Lord Dorcon and his men. Kira’s father and brother are sent to the dragon army, her sister Kahrin imprisoned with the other unmarried girls in the appalling Lasser Commons, and her mother made a servant. Kira and Elspeth flee to Rogue Mountain, the domain of the vicious escaped dragon Ferarchie. Elspeth can communicate with animals, a skill which allows them to tame one of Ferarchie’s offspring who was tossed out of the nest by his larger brother. A wizard tells them of the reason for the draconian laws; the prophecy that a girl with a dragon will bring down their unjust king. Kira’s brother Dane is able to join in their struggle and becomes a co-narrator as Kira struggles to protect her younger sister, rescue her family, and fulfil the prophecy that will free the people.This is a fast paced, fantasy action adventure with a strong female protagonist. Its undercurrents include human rights, slavery, animal cruelty and injustice. This series is sure to become one of our classic fantasy stories. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.