Review: Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Blurb from Amazon:
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?


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I loved the fascinating world that Carrie Vaughn created in this book! Dragons and humans must share the world and to do that the border between the two nations must never be crossed. A 60 year old treaty prevents the two from ever meeting.

Above all, friendships between dragons and humans are illegal.

What I loved most was Kay's earthy, adventurous nature. She's the kind of teenager I wanted to be. I would have loved hiking and rock climbing and making friends with a dragon.

There was only one thing that frustrated me. I had wished that Kay would have told her friends about her secret trips to the dragon. How cool it would have been if she and her friends had worked together to solve problem--you know, Harry Potter style. Potter always worked with Ron and Hermione, and it was the camaraderie of solving the problem together that made us love the Potter books.

And I think the ending would have had more impact if Kay had had her friends part of her adventure all along. How much more impressive if several teenagers & young dragons had become friends and had chosen to fight alongside Kay & Artegal to stop the war.

And I liked Jon, the romantic interest. He and Kay were friends for years before they started dating, and they enjoyed many advntures togeter. Rock climbing. Kayaking in the moonlight. Cross-country skiing. Hiking and more hiking. Something was just sooooo dissatisfying that she didn't share this adventure with him too.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting review. I haven't heard of this book before. I really like the cover too.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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  2. I've had this book since it came out and STILL haven't read it! I've read STEEL by her and while I liked it it didn't WOW me. But the concept of this book (DRAGONS!) definitely has me intrigued so I'll pick it up soon hopefully.

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  3. Great Review! But i never heard about. Looks Great!The cover is beautiful.
    I'm following your blog.
    Mariana - World of Tori Vega.

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  4. This sounds like a fascinating read Rita, i don't think i've read a book about dragons before!

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