Dragonswood (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 5, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 416 pages
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On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned..

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet, wants more for herself than a husband and a house to keep. But in times like these wanting more can be dangerous. Accused of witchery, Tess and her two friends are forced to flee the violent witch hunter. As their pursuer draws ever closer they find shelter with a huntsman in the outskirts of the forbidden Dragonswood sanctuary. But staying with the mysterious huntsman poses risks of its own: Tess does not know how to handle the attraction she feels for him—or resist the elusive call that draws her deeper onto the heart of Dragonswood.

*"Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after." -- Kirkus, starred review

*"Perfectly crafted combination of history, mythology, and fantasy . . . The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances that bloom . . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly." --School Library Journal, starred review.


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The writing is pretty good. - Goodreads
Second, the ending was very abrupt. - Goodreads
I loved the characterization. - Goodreads
I loved the voice of the writing. - Goodreads
The writing was quite good, too. - Goodreads

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User Review  - WendyClements - LibraryThing

Dragonswood fooled me completely with it’s cover. It’s a beautiful cover, but it looked so much like many of the other covers for YA romancy-type novels I thought that was what it was going to be. I ... Read full review

Review: Dragonswood (Wilde Island Chronicles #2)

User Review  - Whitley Birks - Goodreads

Dragonswood is a strange little novel that starts out well enough, then splinters off into various fragments of stories. As it keeps going, it suffers under its own weight as it tries to reconcile the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Janet Lee Carey (www.janetleecarey.com) is the author of several very well received young adult novels, including Dragon’s Keep, the companion novel to DragonswoodDragon’s Keep was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2008 and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.  Janet lives near Seattle with her husband and three sons where she writes and teaches writing workshops.

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