Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Publication: Bloomsbury Children's Books (November 6, 2018)

Description: Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that, just years after arriving in the kingdom as a penniless orphan, she has found her way to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city as a master promoter. Although Silke loves her work at the Chocolate Heart, she's certain it's not going to last, and what Silke wants more than anything is somewhere to call home--somewhere. But when your best friend is a dragon-turned-hot-tempered-girl, trouble is always right around the corner.

Then Silke gets the opportunity she's been waiting for: the Crown Princess personally asks her to spy on the Elfenwald royal family during their first visit to the kingdom. In return, Silke will have the home she's always wanted in the secure palace. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting fairies . . . and her mission isn't as simple as she hoped. Soon, she discovers that her city is in danger--and that maybe it's more her home than she ever realized.

Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?

My Thoughts: This was a great middle grade fantasy about a young girl looking for security and a place to call home. Silke is an orphan who lost her parents to faeries when she was six. She has been living on the beach outside Drachenburg with her older brother. They are eking out a living selling used clothing.

But Silke has talents and dreams that keep her looking for more. She's a gifted storyteller and a wonderful promoter. She is using her talents to promote the Chocolate Heart where her best friend is a dragon with a gift for food magic and a love for chocolate.

Silke comes to the attention of the Crown Princess who offers to provide her a permanent place in her palace if she agrees to spy on the Elfenwald royal family when they come to negotiate a treaty with Drachenburg. Silke wants the security the Crown Princess is offering and really wants to know if her parents are still alive and can be rescued.

It doesn't take long for her to begin having doubts about living in a palace. Being constrained as a lady in waiting to a princess is very different than the freedom she has to wander the city as a storyteller and promoter.

When she learns that the faeries are eager for the alliance so that they can destroy all the dragons, Silke has to find a way to protect her friend. When the faeries use their magic to take over the kingdom, it is up to a 13-year-old storyteller, a 12-year-old dragon, and a 12-year-old princess to find a way to save everyone.

I loved this story because it was about friendship and finding a home. Silke is an intriguing character who is determined and focused. She is gifted but doesn't really realize the scope of her gifts until she is called upon to save her friends.

Favorite Quote:
I wouldn't just sleep. I would rest as fully as I'd let myself rest years ago, the last time I had felt truly safe...

And that was the problem.

It would only be an illusion of safety now, just as it had been all those years ago. The people who loved you couldn't provide real safety, no matter how much they might try. No matter what it took, I would not let myself fall into the trap of believing that kind of promise ever again.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a nice story. Maybe I can get my granddaughter to enjoy it.
    Thanks for sharing.


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