Here Be Dragons…

Ever since I watched Dragonheart as a child, I’ve had a special affinity for dragons.  I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t love a dragon with Sean Connery’s voice?  Whether they’re cast as the heroes or the villains, dragons always seem to make movies and books just a little more exciting.  Here are a few of my favorite dragon books published in the last year.

Slayers by C.J. Hill.  9780312614140.  2011.  Gr. 7-12.

When Tori signed up for the St. George and the Dragon Camp, she didn’t know she was signing up to save the world. As a Senator’s daughter, she never understood why, despite her parent’s objections, she’s always been fascinated with dragons and martial arts. When she arrives at camp, she learns that she’s a part of an ancient lineage with the powers and skills to fight dragons. She must learn to develop and control her powers to fight the dragons with the other campers, because trouble is brewing, and the dragons are coming sooner than anyone thinks. Readers who love dragon lore or a feisty heroine will love the first book in this new series.

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey.  9780803735040.  2012.  Gr. 8-12. 

When a witch hunter comes to town, she whips Tess’s townfolk into a witch-finding frenzy, and Tess and her two friends Poppy and Meg must flee for their lives or be burned at the stake. Tess helps her friends stay alive while keeping secret the fact that she has a magical power. She sees visions of the future in fires. She also feels an overwhelming desire to travel into the forbidden land of Dragonswood to join the fairies. And she may not be the only one with a secret. While this title stands alone, it is actually a continuation of Carey’s Dragon’s Keep, set a generation in the future. With dragons, fairy folk, magic, witch hunters, and romance, this new addition will be enjoyed by fans of fantasy and Carey’s earlier title.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.  9780375856112.  2011.  Gr. 7-12.

Almost ten years after publishing Eragon at the age of 15, Paolini concludes his epic series with Inheritance. Eragon and his dragon Saphira have endured battles, betrayal, and loss since Eragon first found Saphira’s egg in the woods. Now Eragon, Saphira, and their many allies must work together to defeat Galbatorix and Eragon’s half-brother Murtah. Paolini writes in a Tolkienesque style full of exquisite details snf side quests, with a final chapter that wraps up all the loose ends. This final installment is a must for fans of the series.

Lindsey L.