Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Dragons
In the first book in an exciting new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won’t be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.
Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she’s dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.
While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She’s then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands. . . .
A delightful high fantasy read! The author has done a fabulous job in creating this world. From the first page to the last, this story will capture and keep your attention! Dragons not only exist but are respected. Ileth is a charming and brave character. She has a stutter which makes people underestimate her. That is their mistake. The story and characters are very well written. Some feels scenes. One had me crying. You’ll know when you get to it. The cover is pretty and eye catching. I do wish there was more on the dragons and their history but that is more me than anything to do with the story. Marvelous read! I look forward to reading more. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and it won’t be the last! I give this 5 stars!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*