FICTION

Rise of the Dragon Moon

Imprint. Aug. 2019. 320p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250195555.
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Gr 4-8–Princess Toli is heir to a frozen Queendom at the mercy of voracious dragons who must be paid a tithe each year in order to avoid bloodshed. Yet blood was shed when Toli was younger—her father was killed by dragons in front of her, and Toli’s hatred of them burns as bright as the fire in the dragons’ mouths. Inexplicably, the Dragon Queen herself snatches Toli’s mother and whisks her away into the Dragon Mountain, throwing the Queendom into panic. Do the dragons want war? Peace? Or something else? It’s up to Toli, along with a baby dragon she found hidden in a cave and two of her closest friends, to embark on a dangerous journey into the depths of the Dragon Mountain to uncover truths hitherto unknown.
VERDICT A heavily articulated fantasy middle grade offering that may very well have readers rooting for the dragons, who seem to seethe and swirl off the pages. Fans of Erin Hunter’s “Warriors” series will enjoy the world-building of this quest-driven tale

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