Monday, March 29, 2010

Review: Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Voices of Dragons
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publication: HarperTeen (March 16, 2010)
Description: On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.

Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.

But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon inter­actions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?
My Thoughts: This was a quick, enjoyable read by Carrie Vaughn. Kay is an adventure junkie. She is free-climbing one day very near the border of Dragon when she falls into a rushing mountain stream and is saved by a young dragon who wants to practice his English. Kay and Artegal become friends. They have much in common including a desire to push the rules and have adventures. But the tensions between humans and dragons are growing. They haven't spoken since the truce 60 years in the past. The humans have been developing weapons and the military wants to use them. The military forces a confrontation with dragons. Dragons strike back. It looks like a full-fledged war is inevitable. Kay and Artegal come up with a plan to restore the truce by staging a "virgin" sacrifice.
I liked this book. It was very easy to get into the world. It was the 21st Century with cell phones, Homecoming Dance, teenage rebellion, decisions about sex. However, there were also dragons as tall as two-story buildings and dragon drills at the schools. This book would be good for middle school and high school readers who are fascinated by dragons. It would also be good for readers who like stories about friendship.
Challenges: 2010 YA Debut Author Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge


  1. Sounds really cool! Thanks for the review, I've been really curious about this one!

  2. How interesting. Homecoming and Dragons in one book. That is so cool. Thanks for sharing.


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