City of Thieves

Scholastic. (Battle Dragons: Bk. 1). Sept. 2021. 272p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338716542.
.r 4-7–Drakopolis, a sprawling city in the sky, is home to humans and the dragons they keep. From the diminutive Educational Resource Dragons used for training to the huge Red-Bearded Long-Wing bus-toting dragon, dragons are part of everyday life. As are the kins, the gangs of rival dragon riders in the city who run entire neighborhoods. Abel has spent most of his life avoiding the kins, until he discovers a stolen dragon that his sister has left behind. And that’s only the beginning as Abel is forced to confront the truth that his best friend Rao (they/them), his favorite teacher, and his sister are all kinners. To complicate matters, they are not all in the same kin; all of them are squarely on the opposite side of Abel’s brother, an enforcer of the law with the Dragon’s Eye (the police); and no one seems to be on the side of the dragons with Abel. The climatic kin battle at the end will have readers in suspense as Abel fights for the future of his dragon. This title is well paced and thoughtfully written. Most of the characters are white, or presumed white, and Abel’s father is portrayed as living with a chronic illness.
VERDICT Rich world-building, a complex main character, and plenty of suspense make this a solid purchase where action-packed fantasy is popular.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing