Friday, May 15, 2009

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

"It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon. Not that she was evil, or didn't care for me. It's just that we were very poor, and she was, as we said in those parts, dumber than two turnips in a rain barrel." (1)

Orphaned Creelisel Carlbrun is dropped off in front of a dragon's lair by her aunt, in the hopes a noble prince can be convinced to rescue her, marry her, and then sweep the family out of their poverty stricken life. Instead, Creelisel bargins with the dragon and leaves to make a life for herself as a seamstress with a pair of unusual blue boots. It's these boots however, that cause all sorts of problems when she gets to the city, where she gets noticed by the entire royal family and becomes entangled in a renewal of a centuries old war between the neighboring territories and the unwilling dragon residents. Jessica Day George admits to being influenced by Robin McKinley and Patricia C. Wrede, who you should also read if you like Dragon Slippers.


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