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VOICES OF DRAGONS by Carrie Vaughn


by Carrie Vaughn

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-179894-8
Publisher: Wicker Park/Academy Chicago

What is it about dragons in the western United States (Robin McKinley’s Dragonhaven, 2007, and, to a lesser extent, Patricia Wrede’s Thirteenth Child, 2009), and when will someone figure out how to make these stories really soar? First in a series, Vaughn’s YA debut delivers an interesting premise but doesn’t follow through. Kay Wyatt lives in a town that borders Dragon, where the dragons have stayed since their re-emergence, the ensuing war with humanity and the current Cold War–style standoff. Humans and dragons never cross the border. But Kay does, accidentally, and ends up friends with a teen dragon. Meanwhile, she’s trying to decide whether she should sleep with her so-nice-he’s-boring boyfriend and discussing her virginity ad infinitum with best friend Tam. Once the action gets going—the military is moving in on Dragon, the dragons are gearing up for war, people are getting killed and only Kay and Artegal (the dragon) have any hope of averting disaster—this is a fast-paced read; sadly, it takes way too long to get there and any real payoff is saved for later volumes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)