Morgan Rice’s newest novel Rise of the Dragons is an action packed fantasy sure to please fans of her previous novels, along with fans of works such as The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first to what looks to be the next The Sorcerer’s Ring, Rice’s acclaimed Young Adult fantasy, Dragons starts out running, a fast paced read that keeps you guessing until the very last page, and then leaves you wanting for more.
Escalon is a kingdom of oppression, fallen to the neighboring kingdom of Pandesia and forced to live under their rule. The tale begins with Kyra, the 15 year old daughter of a famed Escalon warrior who has bent the knee to the Pandesia noblemen who rule the land. Wanting nothing more than to be a famed warrior herself, while being a skilled archer, Kyra fights traditions, her father’s command and Pandesia rule when the local lord comes to take her for his own wiles. Running to the woods that give her comfort and safety, she finds a wounded dragon and begins a chain of events that could change Escalon forever.
Meanwhile, Alec has sacrificed himself for his brother, taking his place in the draft to man The Flames, a wall that separates Marda, the Troll kingdom, and Escalon. And on the other side of the kingdom is Merk, a mercenary attempting to lead a life without killing and attempting to leave behind his dark past.
Full of adventure and intrigue, Dragons is the tale of three presumed ordinary individuals who have the desire and the will to stand up for what they believe in. Strong characters make this tale worth telling and reading. From a dragon who is as mysterious as he is strong and a boy who is willing to sacrifice himself for those he loves, the flow of the story does not slow down making for a wild roller coaster full of loops and turns that steal your breath.
Rice has once again brought a fantastical world to readers that is not only believable, but is a world full of characters that readers want to root for. The characters take not only physical journeys to new places but they also discover themselves along the way, giving the reader the chance to grow with the characters as they read. This novel is recommended to any fantasy lovers, from young to old. Fans of Young Adult Fiction will devour this latest work by Rice and beg for more.
Morgan Rice is the author of the Bestselling The Sorcerer’s Ring, an epic fantasy which comprises of 17 novels. She has written more than 30 novels for Young Adult readers, with a vampire series and a post apocalyptic series. She enjoys hearing from her fans and giving back to them in kind. Visit her at her website: www.morganricebooks.com
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