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The Dragons of Noor Hardcover – October 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–This sequel to The Beast of Noor (S & S, 2006) starts with a bang–well, a crash–and never lets up. Children are disappearing, taken by the wind, including 14-year-old Hanna's little brother and students from the Meer school where 16-year-old Miles is learning music and magic. At the same time, the waytrees that form the bond between Noor and Oth, the home of the dragons, have been dying. And the dragons, who have been waiting for more than 700 years to return to Oth, are frantic. The world building and tone are just right, and the themes of friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and protection of the planet are never intrusive. Hanna and Miles are realistic teens, affected by magical events in the past, unsure of their own abilities, and capable beyond their wildest imaginings. Most of the secondary characters are equally compelling, though Taunier, a young man who can control fire and the object of Hanna's very innocent interest, is disappointingly flat. The style is pure fairy tale and quite lovely. Only at the very end, when the characters are comparing the taste of a magical fruit to papayas and peaches, are readers jarred away from this magical place. Knowledge of the earlier book isn't required, but readers who missed it will want to catch up on the first adventure.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Long ago, the worlds of Oth and Noor were linked through the intertwined roots of the World Tree. But now the worlds are only tenuously linked by the magical, dragon-guarded waytrees, which are disappearing to the axes of greedy men as omens of a great evil begin to appear. Miles and Hanna find themselves on another quest to save their kidnapped younger brother and prevent the end of everything. Readers who followed shape-shifter Miles and meer (mage) Hanna in The Beast of Noor (2006) will gladly return to this imaginative place for another high-fantasy outing. Grades 6-9. --Cindy Welch

More About the Author

~Things are never what they seem. Find the lost inside the dream ~
Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of eight Children's and YA novels including DRAGONSWOOD (Kirkus and School Library Journal starred reviews). School Library Journal starred review says of Janet's work; "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best-original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving."
Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to make a difference in the world. She tours in US and abroad presenting at schools, book festivals, and conferences for writers, teachers, and librarians. http://www.janetleecarey.com


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Love this series and look forward to enjoying more!
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She seeks guidance from the deyas, but Tymm, her eight-year-old brother, sneaks out of the house to follow her and the wind steals him, as well.
TeensReadToo
Set in a beautiful land, with mythological creatures, magic and strong, the characters made this story I would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Bond on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The "Dragons of Noor" is a worthy sequel to Janet Lee Carey's first published fantasy "The Beast of Noor."

"Dragons" takes place several months after the first, and continues the story of Miles and Hanna.

While Miles is off training as a Meer, the ancient azure trees of Noor begin dying, causing a split between Noor and the magical world of Oth. To make things worse a great wind begins taking young children from their homes!

When Miles realizes the gravity of the problem, he rushes home, only to find his younger brother Tymm has been taken by the wind as well, and his sister Hanna has set out with Miles friend Taunier to find him.

When Miles find the two of them, they are only reunited for a short time before the dragons come and kidnap Hanna and Taunier, believing they are the only ones who can stop the world from splitting apart. Miles must use his shape shifting powers to aid them, but he must take care not to lose himself when he shifts, which has happened before!

Carey has yet to displease her readers, and continues to deliver brilliantly written and entertaining novels. She has done a wonderful job at creating the world of Noor, and only continues to flesh it out with this sequel.

The story has a very classic fantasy feel, not too dissimilar to Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, or J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hoobit."

I very much enjoyed and highly recommend this book as well as "The Beast of Noor," and hope to see a third installment to this saga in the next few years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book better than the Beast of Noor, which is the first book. It had a better feel to it, the Beast of Noor was very dark. This carries on the story of the brother and sister and how they help their world with the magic they have been given. The language would be difficult for younger readers so this would be 13 and up. There is a little violence and a kiss so it's very clean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! While I've not read the first book in this series, The Beast of Noor, I had no problems reading The Dragons of Noor with out being lost at all in the story. It's a fantastic fantasy that both young readers and older readers a like will enjoy.

I really enjoyed the characters. Hanna has this amazing ability as a Dream Walker, Miles her brother is a shapeshifter and his best friend and wonderful love interest Taunier is a fire worker. Together the three of them are out to find their younger brother and find the rest of the missing children who have been swept away by the winds. The three will soon find out they are also the ones who will solve an ancient prophecy, with the help of The Dragons of Noor.

Not only is the adventure these three go on engaging and fun, but I really enjoyed watching how much each of their characters grow. I loved the family dynamics between Hanna and Miles who will do anything to protect each other and find their younger brother. I also enjoyed watching the romance between Hanna and Taunier grow from friends into something much more, as it's sweet, innocent romance. I really admired the fact that they both knew of each other's secrets and have been there to support one another long before they fell in love, and their acceptance of one another is something I loved.

The prophecies are a wonderful mix to their adventures to save the ancient lands and protect the magic that lies there, but it wouldn't be complete with out the dragons. I fell in love with the dragons, as each of their personalities and characters really shown through in the story as well. I'm picky when it comes to reading dragons stories, and I'll admit it wasn't hard to fall in love The Dragons of Noor.
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Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Janet Lee Carey continues the enthralling story of Miles and Hanna in this second book of the Noor saga, following THE BEAST OF NOOR.

In this new piece, the walls between Oth and Noor are crumbling and the trees that guard them are dying. When a strong wind blows through the land and carries away the children, Hanna feels she must find the reason for the theft. She seeks guidance from the deyas, but Tymm, her eight-year-old brother, sneaks out of the house to follow her and the wind steals him, as well.

Hanna sets off on a quest to discover what is going wrong with the kingdom. Miles leaves Othlore, where he is studying magic, to help rescue Tymm and the other missing children. Going along to help is Taunier, their father's sixteen-year-old helper who understands Hanna's unusual abilities. The teens join with a group of dragons, whose interest in solving the mystery could mean the difference between permanent exile and a return home.

This enchanting tale takes readers on a journey they will neither be able to put down nor forget. Carey's characterization is charming, her plot addictive, and her settings beautiful. THE DRAGONS OF NOOR is a must-read for fantasy lovers of all ages!

Reviewed by: Theresa L. Stowell
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By Cat on April 6, 2013
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Refreshing to read a story that's New and Old at the same time. Janet Lee Carey's Noor series offers just the right amount of older fairytale legend with a new story. Love this series and look forward to enjoying more!
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