Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Read more...
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon--one of the rare and mythical High Dragons--makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.
And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors--thralls of the enemy--and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Illustrator Lockwood marks his debut as a novelist with this winning epic fantasy trilogy opener. Maia is the youngest daughter of a proud dragon-breeding family and hopes to claim a young dragon of her own to raise soon. But her life is thrown into disarray the day she and her brother see Getig, the Summer Dragon. The omen sends Maia on a journey to save her village and country from the malevolent Harodhi, invaders from a faraway land whose hideous necromantic experiments threaten everything Maia loves. But the knowledge she uncovers about the past of her militantly religious homeland of Gurvaan may send the nation into war with itself. Maia’s adventures are plotted and paced with impressive skill. Lockwood is as talented at describing the thrill of riding a dragon as he is at illustrating the spectacle (which he does for the book’s 21 interior illustrations and beautiful cover). The tone of his dialogue can be jarringly uneven in sections, but vivid imagery and a cast of rich, diverse characters combine to make Lockwood’s first full-length outing a rousing success. (May)