In a fantasy land where dragons are hunted and prized as prey, Alanna, a strong and kind young girl, finds and vows to protect a dragon nest at the expense of all else.
Orphans Alanna and Hamel have learned to fend for themselves and survive on the earnings from Hamel’s meager blacksmithing skills and by foraging and hunting for food. One day in the forest, Alanna discovers a cave filled with baby dragons and unhatched dragon eggs. She tries to hide her newfound knowledge from Hamel, who longs to become a knight, but he learns her secret and betrays her. Alanna, who had made herself a dragon costume to act as mother to the new babies, now finds herself living among the dragons in their hidden valley. When Hamel and a disreputable knight named Sir Cedric discover her whereabouts, Alanna must decide to save herself and Hamel or the dragons. Weigel has created a compulsively likable heroine who seamlessly blends her strength and compassion, reminiscent of Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl. With lovable dragons, flying ships and danger around every corner, this delightful fantasy doesn’t disappoint.
Get this charmer into the hands of fans of Jeff Smith’s Bone series and its spinoffs. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)