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Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
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Nov 29, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, dragons, teen

Dragonswood is basically a medieval fantasy. There are witch burnings right along with fairies and dragons. The Dragonswood is a sanctuary for all magical creatures. It was set up during the time of Queen Rosalinda (see Dragon's Keep). The old king has died and the heir is away fighting the crusades. The peace between humans and magical creatures is fraying. The main character Tess is drawn to Dragonswood even though going inside of the boundaries is forbidden. She keeps a dangerous secret; she sees the future in the firelight. When a witch hunter comes to town, Tess quickly gets accused. She ends up fleeing with two of her closest friends. Eventually help comes from Gareth the Huntsman, who is willing to help them hide from the witch hunter. [return][return]The medieval setting was strongly written. The witch persecutions and torture were horribly believable. The writing style is slightly lyrical and a little slow paced. I was able to figure out a few of the plot revelations before they happened, but it was still enjoyable to watch Tess get there too. There are references to the first book, Dragon's Keep, but it is not necessary to have read that one before picking this one up. The first half of the book doesn't have much of a fantasy feeling to it. I was disappointed that it took so long for the magical creatures to make an appearance. But I did like how everything wrapped up. Each character's ending fit with their history and nothing felt too sappy.
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