The valleys and mountains suddenly burst into a flame of orange as young Gabrial sends his roar out to announce his determination to battle against Gvaard to win the right to be the guardian of the queen dragon, Grystina. Her dragon eggs are ready to hatch and it's time for her guardian to be chosen.
Gvaard and Gabrial take to the skies. Gvaard has the advantage of age and experience. Gabrial is young but strong and smart. Each dragon is permitted to create one image to fool its foe but only one and no killing is permitted. The goal of this challenge is to return with one scale from the opponent.
As they battle, Gabrial decides to use his image to make Gvaard believe the mountain is in the throes of a full scale volcanic eruption. He never expected his image to come true but suddenly rock is crashing down into the caverns where Grystina is lying with her with littles.
No one believes Gabrial when he asserts his image was only smoke and mirrors...no volcanic eruptions intended... but the Elders hear it differently and Gabrial and his ally, Grogan, lose the honor of the connection to Godith..the G before their names; they become Abrial and Rogan. Abrial is sent to sweep the outer edges of the domayne and Rogan is sent into the mines.
This is not the auspicious beginning Gabrial had expected as he and Grogan were sent to Erth to discover what happened to the first colony of dragons sent to this part of the world.
The society of dragons is slowly unraveling. The Homs... human creatures..who live on Erth are ready to summon the dark creatures to do away with the dragons who keep them from passing beyond the scorch line.
This is a stunning fantasy adventure. The world of the dragons is exquisitely etched. But the power of this story is in the deep layers within the characters. What bridge are they for us into a land we dream of and sense but cannot bring to conscious mind? This is a treasure house filled with the wonder of the power we possess through our souls and through our unconscious connections to what lies beyond our known world.
Chris D'Lacey does it again. Book after book he summons the greatness, the infinite power we sense but cannot capture. He brings it to us in the most magnificent stories.
The fate of Abrial and Grendel, a laying female, seem to hold the fate of all living creatures. Will they discover the truth and will they convince the powerful Elders that betrayal is now part of the world of this Wearle? Will young Ren, a Hom, be able to conquer and claim the power bestowed on him by Grystina as she shed her fire tear?
Brilliant adventure. Phenomenal depth of character. Astonishing grasp of the universe and the forces at play. He puts his writing talents to work time and time again to bring us closer and closer to understanding what we are about. Thank goodness we have an author who is willing to reach this far and not bore us with the limits of what our five senses can reveal. Clearly with Chris D'Lacey as our ambassador we can fly farther than we imagined or expected.
284 pages Ages 9-14 978-0545900188
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Read alikes: The Fire Within, etc. by Chris D'Lacey; Merlin series by T.A.Barron
"A Wearle of dragons set out on an expedition from their home planet and was never heard from again. Now, a new Wearle, determined to find the first, has come to the place its creatures call Erth. Gabrial, who still has the blue scales of a young dragon, is eager to prove himself, and to find his missing father. But when Gabrial causes an accident that results in a baby dragon going missing, he'll have to prove himself worthy of remaining with the Wearle at all.
Across the scorch line, most Hom, or humans, live in fear of the dragons. But a boy named Ren is too fascinated to stay away, and will soon find his fate intertwined with that of the dragons. When conflict erupts between the dragons and humankind, Ren does the unimaginable, crossing into dragon territory. Will he be able to gain the dragons' trust and prevent an all-out war?
NYT bestseller Chris d'Lacey sweeps readers off on an extraordinary adventure bursting with majestic creatures and one boy with the heart of a dragon."--from the publisher