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The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator—a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.
An ARC was provided to me from the author — Thanks again, Todd Lockwood, for sharing your amazing story with me.
The opening line to the first chapter, “A dragon handler with her head in the clouds is cursed.” was the first tweet I shared with the author on Twitter as I was reading the book. The central theme to the story is of Maia as she struggles with her mother’s death and the possibility that she has been cursed. A wide range of events happen throughout the story that are in turn attempted to be buried by others. “I been patient while you, mabir, and Bellua play keep away with the truth.”
This author I feel almost lived with dragons, as he describes aeries and how the characters interact and care for these mystical creatures. I was really drawn into the story as Maia and Keirr take their first flight together; it was so magical. The heartache you feel towards the end as destruction wreaks havoc between characters emotionally and physically. At times, I had tears streaming down my face I was so wrapped up in what was unfolding across the pages.
“Curse or blessing, we contend with it. Neither arrives without the other close behind. It’s all part of the Evertide” This is at the heart of the story, how Maia comes to term with her mother’s death and how she chooses to allow her “Scars to give her strength” and to do what needs to be done to save her baby dragon and those she loves.
I leave you with this thought — “Allow light to balance the darkness, for everything you do leaves a shadow, a ripple on the Evertide.”
Check out my tweets to the author as I read his story #TheSummerDragon
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