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Voices of Dragons

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,716 ratings  ·  425 reviews
On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.

Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly save
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published March 1st 2010)
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Erin I wish there was a second book! Carrie Vaughn has mentioned that she would like to write a sequel. However as she has other books to write, a Voices…moreI wish there was a second book! Carrie Vaughn has mentioned that she would like to write a sequel. However as she has other books to write, a Voices of Dragons sequel is on the back burner. At least that's what we know so far; she wrote a blog post about it in 2010 and hasn't said anything about a sequel since then. Now that it's been almost five years, I'm hoping we might get a definite answer. :)
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Voices of Dragons is the second YA novel I have read by Carrie Vaughn (the first being Steel). In this novel, dragons are real. They have their own territory which humans do not go near, and the police and federal agencies are responsible for patrolling the border and making sure everyone keeps to their own side. This means contact between humans and dragons never happens.
The world building in this book is really good. I loved the mash-up between the YA/coming of age genre and the fantasy genre.
Set in a modern world like our own, only bodering Dragon Territory, Kay has crossed a line. She has met and talked with a Dragon. This is her adventure, only she can't tell anyone, it is illiegal to cross into Dragon. Meeting by accident, Artegal (the Dragon) saves her life (from drowning), though timid at first they become fast friends. And, you can't be a friend with a Dragon without Flying it!!!! Kay is terrified but thrilled to be doing something so reckless and free. They maintain meeting i ...more
Leanne Bell
In a world filled with Vampires, Werewolves and ghosts i'm always really, really happy to find a book that has a completely different subject matter while still being utterly compelling.
I am well aware that this is by no way the first book in which a human befirends a dragon but it is the first i've read set in the modern world and i was absolutely astounded.

Kay is a seventeen year old girl who loves to climb/hike and all that other dangerous out-doorsy stuff. On one lone hiking trip she she has
It didn't feel real to me. The pace felt really slow and sleepy, even in moments of major conflict. I didn't feel any emotional connection to any of the characters. The plot wasn't much more than a short-story dragged out. It was just a really stereotypical story about prejudice, fear and the Cold War with a bit of teen angst and some cool flying thrown in. I ended up skimming most of it because nothing ever pulled me in. If you want to read a more entertaining story about teens and dragons, try ...more
M. Dobson
Exciting premise, but Ms Vaughn skipped some basics. Her world building is excellent, but a lot of the description could have been left in the computer as part of her research/development. Add in that she's forgotten a basic premise of successful white space and it slowed down.

Further, I agree that the plot line, while adequate, was lacking in the stunning quality that I expected from Ms Vaughn and her editors. YA doesn't mean the plot can be simplified and pared down with few layers.

I loved th
The only reason I'm giving this book a "B-" is because I liked the idea. But I can't say much more than that. Needless to say, I had a huge issue with this book.

The biggest part was the writing style. It was all telling, not showing. Kay's reactions weren't really described very well. It was written almost like a biography. It gets better at the end of the book, but I had to grit my teeth to get there. There was absolutely no way I could get into Kay's character. She seemed so...shallow. I reall
Jennifer Wardrip
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Seventeen-year-old Kay enjoys hiking, climbing, talking on her cell phone, and spending time with a dragon.

Yes, a dragon.

In Vaughn's brilliant combination of modern day convenience and old world fantasy, VOICES OF DRAGONS pulls the reader into a believable tale of one girl and a dragon against the evil machinations of an intolerant government.

Though I guessed where the story was going, I still enjoyed the journey. I had no trouble believing dragons
Very good book. I absolutely inhaled this book. It's catagorized as ya, but doesn't have an overwhelming ya feel. Feels more like a crossover. There are ya issues (until I thought about it, I almost would have said there weren't any) but the 17 year old has a more mature perspective and thus they loose some of their ya potency. Not, of course, that their is anything wrong with ya genre, but they can come in a wide variety of "feels", from low adolescence to crossover adult.

Anyway, the heroine,
I picked this book up because I enjoy the author’s adult urban fantasy series, the Kitty Norville books. This was a huge disappointment. It felt way too long for what it was. Another reviewer said that it was a short story idea that was undeservedly turned into a novel, and I wholeheartedly agree. It ended just when things were getting interesting too. This is one of those books where, if I were critiquing it, I might have gently taken the author aside and asked whether this might not be one of ...more
D.F. Jules
Kay lives in a world where Dragons and Humans live peacefully side by long as they stay on their side of the border. As long as Kay can remember which wasn't so long since she's a teenager, Dragons are dangerous, unable to talk and is expected to attack anytime.

One day, she went rock climbing, got into an accident and fell into a river at the wrong side of the border. But she was a dragon. She realized that everything they were taught about dragons was wrong.

Anyway, they bec
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn 4 of 5 stars.

Voices of Dragons is a tale of pointless rivalry and self-sacrifice.
Sixty years prior a war between dragons and humans erupted. The dragons came out of hiding during WWII when the vibrations from bombs frightened them. Feeling as though they were under attack they waged war against the humans. Realizing that the dragons and humans were too well-matched, the two races formed a treaty, setting off certain land for the dragons.
When seventeen year old
Princess Bookie

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Kay, your average teenager. She is the sheriff's daughter so her actions are always supposed to be innocent and forthcoming. She lives right next to a boarder separating the human world but filled with dragons. She's been told her whole life dragons are dangerous and to stay as far away from them as possible. One day she goes rockclimbing (she always does so this day is no different) she has an accident and falls into a river. She is than rescued by a dragon nam
Nancy O'Toole
Kay has never seen a dragon before, despite the fact that she lives close to the border that separates human from dragon territory. That is until the day she slips and falls into a river while rock climbing, washing her across the border. Kay is rescued by a dragon named Artegal. At first Kay is terrified, but as the two begin to talk they become friends. Then a military plane goes down in in dragon territory, sparking a war between the two races. Will Kay and Artegal's friendship be enough to s ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Liv rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA urban fantasy lovers, dragon lovers, and anyone who likes Carrie Vaughn's work
Shelves: classic-fantasy
I give this book a 3.5-star rating...

I read numerous YA urban fantasy/paranormal novels in the past and I was often disappointed by the lack of characterization and depth, uninteresting plot etc. So I did not have high expectations going into Voices of Dragons. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by the fact that this book engaged me enough that I stayed up an extra hour late into the night just so I could finish it. Carrie Vaughn definitely has a way with her writing to capture her audien
Heather Tisdale
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Bottom Line – Excellent new series, this one MUST have at the very least a sequel, because once the action really picked up, it ended, which, if I am being honest, bummed me out – but left me wanting more! I can only hope that we see Kay develop as a character; I also hope we get to see more Jon and Tam! I give Voices of Dragons 3 mushrooms, while I patiently await more from Ms. Carrie Vaughn.

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Apr 03, 2010 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
Voices of Dragons is a very unique book. I didn't actually think that I would like it because it's not something I am normally interested in but I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The story in Voices of Dragons was super original. I have only read one or two books about dragons and they were set in the past. Carrie Vaughn set her book in the present and it worked surprisingly well. To me, the story was more interesting and fast-paced because of the time period. I didn't have any
This was a Tami rec. Very, very solid YA read. It was a unique and well-thought out premise (in our present time, dragons exist in an uneasy truce with humans). One of things I really appreciated about this book was the weight it had. There were serious consequences. And not in an over-the-top way! In a way that was entirely justified by the story. That's something I haven't seen a lot of in YA, the almost . . . matter-of-fact tragedies, that happen in real life.

Also? Kay and Jon's relationship?
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A modern day damsel and her dragon forge a friendship that could unite or destroy two worlds. In Carrie Vaughn’s own words, VOICES OF DRAGONS is, “a girl-meets-dragon story, with jet fighters, rock climbing, and a homecoming dance. The more detailed answer: this takes place in an alternate reality where dragons emerged from hiding at the end of World War II, and the Cold War is between humanity and dragonkind. Most dragons live in their own, r
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There are some books that grab me by the shoulders and say, "Remember. Don't you remember?" These books make me think back to restless Christmas nights, where I wondered how I could fall asleep when magic was going to happen. The joy of waking up and discovering my entire yard was covered in snow. Possibilities, these books tell me. Remember when there were possibilities?

There's a bag of young-adult romance novels in the corner of the computer room, len
Kay lives in Silver River, Montana where her father is the county sheriff and her mother works for the FBBE (Federal Bureau of Border Enforcement). Mom's job is to prosecute anyone who crosses over into Dragon, the land to the north that is the sanctuary of dragons. Sixty years ago a terrible war was fought until both humans and dragons agreed to a peace. One day, Kay is looking for some meaning to life when she inadvertently falls into a river on the border where she is fished out by a teenage ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
This book is based on a really interesting premise. The idea of dragons and people existing in the same world, at the same time. Right now they have a very fragile peace treaty, do not cross the "border" or there will be war. (remind anyone of the Cold War?) The beginning was interesting, but a little slow. The pace of the book didn't really start to pick up until about half way through, maybe a little more. But overall, I liked the idea a lot and I think that the next book (there had better be ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Laurel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of dragons and urban fantasy
Recommended to Laurel by: The word 'Dragon'
3.5 Stars

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Voices of Dragons is a toughy. On one end, I’m saying “Dragonsdragonsdragons. THEY ARE FLYING. OH MY GOSH DRAGONS.” On the other end I’m going, “Mmmmmmmeeeeehhhhhhhhhhh.”

I used to draw dragons 24/7 a few years ago. They were all I drew. People didn’t matter, it was alllllll about dragons. Big ones little ones, all with sinister, adorable smirks on their
During World War II the bombs that were dropped awoke the dragons and a great war ensued. Finally a treaty was signed giving humans and dragons separate territories. Kay lives in this world sixty years later; humans and dragons have had no contact and her home town is on the border of Dragon territory. Then one day while out rock-climbing she falls and lands in a river and is washed up on the Dragon side. There she meets a dragon, Artegal, who is as curious about her as she is about him. They be ...more
Kay lives in a world very similar to our own, except that in her high school the students have regular drills of what they should do in case of dragon attack. Kay's father is the local sheriff, and her mother helps protect the border with the land ceded to dragons after World War II era nuclear explosions brought the legendary creatures back to the surface. When Kay meets a dragon after an accident, she's surprised to find out that humans and dragons can get along - and that they may have alread ...more
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Another random fact about me: I love dragons!
Voices of Dragons was a very fun read. Dragons live in the modern world. We have given them some of the more uninhabitable land of the world. The dragons stay on their side, and the people stay on theirs. The two never interact, and it is against the law to cross any of the borders.
Kay falls into a river after rock climbing and is caught in the river current taking her into dragon territory.
I wish that there were a three and a half star rating option.

Since I read a lot of books in a similar vein with similar storylines, challenges, themes and characters, I am always looking for an author to surprise me and draw me in with a different twist or take on familiar elements.

Voices of Dragons is a little more serious and a little less whimsical than a lot of the teen urban fantasy type books I have read.

The setting is completely contemporary and modern. The only thing that isn't "normal"
I've been teetering back and forth about this book. The concept is brilliant and the adventure is all there. The writing is spot-on, and the characters are unique while still being totally relatable.

However, I can't get over the fact that the subplots are underdeveloped (the political ramifications of an event like this are totally underplayed, and the romance between Kay and Jon is lackluster at best) and there are some massive plot holes that I can't get over (standard cell phones have GPS loc
Mary (BookHounds)
Kay is your basic teenager who loves the outdoors and hiking, so it easy to believe that she is rescued one day by a dragon after the background is told. This harks back to the age old story that those that are different are our enemies. The dragons and humans have a tenuous treaty which the humans want to break to get at the natural reserves in the untouched dragon territory. Once Kay starts to communicate with the dragon, Artegal, the book takes off. Of course, the ending left off where there ...more
Keziah Wallis
I've always been a sucker for a story with dragons in it and after the phenomenom which is How To Train Your Dragon I was totally ready for a great book where Dragons are the misjudged race. Carrie Vaughn absolutely managed to hit all of my buttons with this one. I was half worried that a romance would develop between the dragon Artegal and the young girl Kay. I was pleased to see that the story remained at heart about two kindred spirits who became friends despite the fact that they were told n ...more
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Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.
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