Sunday, September 5, 2010

Voices of Dragons

Voices of Dragons
by Carrie Vaughn

On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.

Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.

But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon inter­actions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?
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Vaughn creates a fascinating world in her YA debut. Here is a world where humans and dragons exist together, albeit with a fine line between them. Years before there had been war, then the dragons became reclusive in order to keep peace. Now, with the threat of an all new war, humanity is torn.

The military seems to be provoking a war. Is there any way to prevent this cataclysmic event? Kay Wyatt hopes so. Months ago, she accidentally became friends with a young dragon named Artegal. Can the two friends show the world that the two societies can co-exist...for real?

The dragons in this book are marvelous. I would have liked to see even more of them, but I'm hoping that a follow-up book may give me that chance. Learning about the dragons anatomy through Kay's learning to fly on a harness on Artegal's back was fascinating. The flying scenes were exhilirating...I want to do it!

Kay is a strong character. She is a rock-climber. She stands up for herself and what she believes in. One of my favorite things about the book was her relationship with her "boyfriend." Kay's best friend starts to pressure her into having sex with him, but Kay stands strong. What's even better is that he doesn't pressure her. He lets her decide what their relationship will be like. A great model for readers!!

I really hope that there is a follow up to this book. I would love to see where Kay and Artegal end up next.

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