by K.W. McCabe
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publisher: FantaFire Press, LLC; 2 edition (September 28, 2012)
- Purchase Link: Amazon
In a war-torn world, a careless act of destruction wakes a creature of myth and legend - a dragon. Mankind unites to battle for survival, but when dragons enter the fray in human form... humans lose.
Three decades later, Cecily lives in an enclave with her father and brother. Ignorant of life before the war, she placidly obeys the restrictions imposed by dragonkind.
Stifled by court life, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, commits a petty crime. To avoid punishment and chronic boredom, he escapes to the enclave. His arrival sparks increased tension when he meets Cecily. She realizes the limitations on her freedom, and Derek discovers his life is built on a lie. Their forbidden friendship threatens to splinter the separation between their people, but something more dangerous occurs.
A mysterious killer has kidnapped Cecily's mother - and seems to be stalking Cecily. Derek and Cecily must defy the rules of their society to find and stop the murderer before Cecily is next
This YA fantasy novel intrigued me because the dragons take human form. I enjoyed the history that K.W. McCabe created about the dragons, humans, and the war they encountered. After the dust settled and the dragons regained power over the humans, there were new rules set up for both sides to follow in order to coexist together. Unfortunately, not everyone follows those rules and humans begin to disappear.
Seventeen-year-old, Cecily, gets a surprise when two young dragons enroll at her school. She finds herself interacting with one specifically, Derek. It’s an enthralling and confusing exchange between the two and unbeknownst to them, there is a dark history of their past that will soon intrude on their lives.
I enjoyed the characters, the story, and the beautiful descriptions that brought this fiction world to life. I am looking forward to McCabe’s next novel, Dragon Kin. My 12-year-old who is an avid reader also devoured this book and is begging to read the next one!