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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
A prequel to Dragon's Milk (1991), explaining how there came to be dragons in a hidden valley. Since Kara can call birds, the king sends for her to call, not birds, but dragons, because he has sworn to eradicate them. After Kara summons the dragon that once nursed her, she's outraged and appalled when it's killed. Escaping to the mountains, she stumbles on the dragons' lair;, and although those there fear and despise her for the death, they agree to let her lead them to a warm, isolated place known to Kara's love, Kazan, a young trader. The plan works; the dragons are saved, and Kara joins Kazan. It's all a little forced and contrived-the story never quite explains why Kara is foolish enough to call the dragon that's killed, or just how the dragons would be led to a promised land she's never seen. But then, high fantasy need not compute, and there's a satisfactorily remote, stern, and romantic air here that will please fantasy buffs. 1993, Atheneum, $15.95. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
Kathryn Jennings (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 1994 (Vol. 47, No. 5))
On Kara's world, vermilion fever is deadly. They say she died of it when she was four winters old, but that a dragon nursed her back to life in her burial cave. Since then, Kara has had the uncanny ability to call down birds from the sky. Others in her "steading" (community) despise Kara's gift until King Orrik summons her to call down dragons for him. Under her king's orders to make him into a dragon-slaying hero, Kara struggles with her conscience. Her dilemma builds as she gradually remembers her connection to dragons and as the King's political motivations for heroism become more complex. This is a solid fantasy in a medieval Scandinavian-like setting, and there's plenty of drama, romance, and knavery to keep genre fans happy. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1994, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Atheneum, 213p, $15.95. Grades 7-10.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.F6356 Fl 1993
0689318804 : $15.95 ($19.95 Can.)|