Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake

Drane was still scratching. "I think she likes me. She's purring."
"She's doing what?"
Cara shook her head. "Dragons don't purr . . . uh-oh." She eckoned to Drane. "I think you'd better come out of there."
"Why?" Drane's voice was dreamy. "She's enjoying it. Look she's smiling."
"Drane, I think it would be a really good idea if you came out of there right now."
[. . . ] The dragon gave a gigantic belch. A searing tongue of flame shot from her mouth across the stall and roared toward the open doorway, straight for Drane's unprotected head. (13)

Cara loves her life at Dragonsdale, even if it does involve mucking out dragon dung and washing the stuck up Hortense's dragon for her. That's because she can spend her free time with Skydancer, an "untrainable" dragon that Cara loves like her very own. However, due to her mother's death by falling off a dragon, Cara is forbidden to ride Skydancer, or anyother dragon. Cara is content to stay on the ground, until Skydancer's future at the Dragonsdale riding school is threatened. Will she take to the air to save Skydancer, even against her father's wishes? Written at the age of 16, Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake is the exciting beginning to a brand new series about dragons.


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