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Voices of Dragons Paperback – February 15, 2011
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Rating: 5 Enchantments
Wow. Following in the footsteps of the great dragon writer, Anne McCaffrey, Carrie Vaughn created a fantastic new world and beautiful young adult story in VOICES OF DRAGONS. Combining a modern world with creatures we normally reserve for mythological places, Ms. Vaughn gave us what many readers search high and low for: real life with a touch of fantasy.
Kay Wyatt is our heroine of the story and probably one of the best aspects of the book. She is a well rounded character and very relatable. Not overly gorgeous or full of angst, Kay allows us to delve into the story with her and join in her adventures. Seventeen and feeling the pressures of teenaged life, Kay escapes to nature when she needs to clear her head. Hiking and rock climbing are her passions, the exhilaration of feeling free enough to calm any frazzled nerves. More than that, her outdoors activities end up serving another purpose. Coupled with fate, they lead her over the border to Dragon and to Artegal, with whom communication is strictly forbidden.
While Kay discovers that dragons may not be as evil as humans think, the rest of her normal life still has to go on. Her best friend, Tam, goes out of her way to encourage the budding romance between Kay and Jon. Caught in the middle of the peer pressure to take their relationship farther than either are really prepared for, the two navigate confusing and rocky waters while still managing to find comfort in the presence of one another. Unlike many new young adult stories hitting the market, Ms. Vaughn allows Kay and Jon to have a simple and fairly innocent romance.Read more ›
There was something very real about the situation to me, or perhaps the reactions of the characters. Kay is described early on, through actions and her own self-evaluation, as being prone to doing reckless things for adventure. Throughout the book she does just that; climbing cliffs without lines (or a climbing buddy), choosing to continue to meet with Artegal and then enthusiastically agreeing that they should try flying. Truly the two of them were a matched set--neither seemed overly afraid of the consequences, could only see the adventure of it.
The relationships with her human friends and family were a little more strained. Aside from keeping the monumental secret that was Artegal, Kay was also neck deep in the terrifying ritual of High School dating. On the one hand her best friend Tam was deep certain that if Kay just let it happen it would be the best thing ever. After all it was for her, so why wouldn't it be for everyone else? On the other hand Kay's uncertain feelings for her other best friend Jon wavered back and forth, plaguing her with doubts and 'what ifs'. Her time with Artegal gave her a peace and serenity, despite the danger, that she desperately needed.
When the tensions began they happened fast and then kept going. I was worried about an unexpected death creating friction between Artegal and Kay, but there wasn't any.Read more ›
The greatest strength of this book is in its world-building. Carrie Vaughn easily creates for us readers a world in which it is natural for humans and dragons to coexist in an uneasy sort of peace. The presence of dragons is smoothly intertwined with our own history, and Kay's border town is a well-drawn location of new troubles but classic fears, of dragon raid drills among a world of high school relationships, rock climbing, and the wild beauty that is Montana.
While the plot is comparatively simple and even a little slow at points, Vaughn's depiction of the dragons is enough to hold our attention despite the plot's conventionality. Artegal, through Kay's eyes, is an astonishingly complex character, with the dangerous majesty of that mysterious race. In comparison, Kay is relatively unextaordinary: she rarely gets a strong, standout voice.
But that was okay by me for this book. Carrie Vaughn is an accomplished writer whose smooth prose can make even the most basic story elements shine. VOICES OF DRAGONS is unlike anything I've read before, and not only will I pounce on the sequel when it comes out, this book has also reawakened my interest with dragons in literature. Check it out: I dare you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book but what's the point of writing it if there's no book 2? Especially after the way it was left off, you can tell there's meant to be another installment. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kelsie Mercado
Such a beautiful story of friendship and love, of war and of the bravery of one girl and one Dragon to bring peace. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna
Vaughn delivers the beginning of a great story that leaves the reader wanting more. Perfectly suited to readers of fantasy and all young adults. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott
"Voices of Dragons" is a story about a girl (Kay) who loved to climb to impossible heights. One day she climbed higher and found more than she had ever bargained for and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chelsea Head
I swallowed this book in two sittings. Given my tastes for fantasy tend towards the urban dark--ala Jim Butcher and Christopher Golden--Voices of Dragons was a sweet surprise. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marvin Baker
I love this book! I got it when i was first released and have read it multiple times. It is a good set up of character and relationship building. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Melonie530
I've read this book several times now and I love it. It's a real change from the Kitty Norville series which I also love. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maegan
I read this book very quickly; it wasn't one of the best stories I've read, but each block made me want to turn the corner just to see the next street. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Raresong