JANET LEE CAREY
Dial Books (Penguin USA)
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Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.
Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn't expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races - dragon, human, and fairy.
WOW, wonderful, fantabulous, unique and amazing. Get the idea? The was a fantastic book. It contained dragons (always a favorite of mine) Fey (fairies) and humans. Not just any humans but descendants of Arthur Pendragon...remember him? King Arthur? Witchhunts, crusades and wonderful characters made this a compelling book to read. I couldn't wait to finish to find out what happens to Tess, but it was bittersweet when I turned the last page. I realized I didn't want it to end.
Back to Tess, she is the main character. A young girl accused of witchcraft, arrested and tortured. Throughout the book we are introduced to many other amazing characters. Tess's two friends, Poppy and Meg are understandably angry when they find out she mentioned their names while being tortured and they escape and run with her.
I don't want to give anymore of the book away. It flows in a natural progression.
The characters were rich and full of life. I wasn't too impressed with the fey or their way of life, but we cannot all be the same. The dragons were more majestic than I could have imagined. The descriptions were rich and colorful.
Overall, a very well written and enjoyable book!
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