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Saturday, March 7, 2015

In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey

In the Time of Dragon Moon
ISBN: 9780803738102
Publisher's Synopsis:
On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.
Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.
"A healer would not be shunned... A healer is needed... A healer belongs..."
MrsK's Review:
There is something about Dragons that you just can not walk away from.  This medieval fantasy is brilliantly woven with perfection. 

Uma has the gift of being a healer and even though her culture doesn't accept a female as a healer... sometimes you just have to follow your calling. Within the time of 1210-1213, Uma will face the dangers of being a healer. Unfortunately not everyone requesting healing will be blessed, grateful, or healed. Not everyone will be helpful, supportive, or of honor.

When Uma and her father are kidnapped by the Queen, there is a threat in which Uma's village will be under siege until the Queen is with child. Being part English will have no value, only the precious herbs and time will prove the safety of her village. On that devastating morning when her father does not awaken, Uma will need every ounce of strength and faith as the only Adan (healer). Pendragon Castle will prove either its threats or royal promises, Uma will prove her calling or die without every going home to her beloved Euit people and mother.

"Vazan flicked her tail, the spikes rising to my waist before the scaled flesh slapped the ground again.
Was she going to leave me now that Father was dead?
I felt a sharp jolt of fear.
I pinched the red dragons on my belt,
as if squeezing hard enough, I could make her stay...
I need you, Vazan. Don't go. Please don't leave me alone."

With a voyage to Dragon's Keep, Uma is introduced to Jackrun Pendragon and his sister Tabitha. Everything about Dragon's Keep will prove to be enchanting. Here Uma will find friendship, someone to look after her, someone who will despise her, the true meaning of the fairies song "Fey Maiden," and the inner strength to protect those whom are worthy of her faith and trust.

With a stunning eloquence of a story-weaver, this fantasy novel will delight you with characters so compelling they remain with you long after the final page is turned. The varied personalities of the dragons will cause you to smirk or hold your breath depending on your inner vision of their majestic power. The delightful detail of the fairy cavalcade as they arrive for the masked ball causes you to be so still that you fear their entry might be concealed if even a blink of your eye acknowledged your presence.Your heart will beat with trepidation as Prince Desmond decides to run and leap off the cliff onto the back of Babak. You will discover that you have been holding your breath as Jackrun and Uma venture deep within the underground catacombs. With stunning awe, your senses will be ignited as King Onadon gathers the elements:
"King Onadon drew circles in the air, turning the long red flames into a spinning golden orb....
summoning water from the river. A wave sped toward us, tumbling in midair...
A gust of wind blew across the meadow, spinning the fiery orb faster until it flung out chains of brilliant light.
Wind whistled around us, lifting cloaks and hair and skirts...
chill as the windy blast I'd felt on Faul's Leap."

 And... you will hear the beating of your heart as the council gathers for the trial. Both Kings, seven dragons, a half-fey, and all from Dragonswood and Pendragon... present for the final verdict! 

This journey was not as a quick read... it is meant to be savored... it is a place that beckons you back,
Enjoy every detail within Dragonswood and Pendragon Castle,
MrsK
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Delightful journey... Great as a stand alone or leading into the first journeys!
Excellent for Middle School/YA classroom shelves and libraries.
It is with deep gratitude that I thank the author for this journey!
Meet the Author:
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Janet Lee Carey was born in New York and grew up in California. She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels, most notably her epic fantasy novels set on Wilde Island--Dragon's Keep, Dragonswood, and the upcoming In the Time of Dragon Moon. Janet lives near Seattle with her family where she writes and teaches writing workshops.

Dragonswood   Dragon's Keep  
 The Dragons of Noor
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