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A brave prince, a ferocious dragon, and a magic sword are all familiar elements of the classic adventure story. But for thirteen-year-old Prince Aster of Caledon, the quest for the Empress Sword--the only magic strong enough to defeat the dragon menacing his kingdom--is just the beginning. Aster has always been told that wielding great magic requires a sacrifice, but what ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Dragon Moon Press
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J.M. Frey
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
With a kingdom to save and a dragon to slay, not to mention the loss of a dear friend and the first stirrings of a childhood crush, transitioning into a female is literally the least important problem on Crown Prince Aster’s mind.

See, there’s this dragon attacking Caledon, and the only way to defeat it is to find and wield the mythical Empress Sword—a sword that will not bear the touch of any man. So Aster does what any sensible thirteen-year-old crown prince would do: he gets magical gender rea
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Raven
Dec 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Allison
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:
“A brave prince, a ferocious dragon, and a magic sword are all familiar elements of the classic adventure story. But for thirteen-year-old Prince Aster of Caledon, the quest for the Empress Sword-the only magic strong enough to defeat the dragon menacing his kingdom-is just the beginning.

Aster has always been told that wielding great magic requires a sacrifice, but what the Empress Sword demands from him is the last thing he ever expected to lose: his own identity as crown prince and
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Sara
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Take a young male protagonist (a prince, no less), a rampaging dragon, a quest for a magical sword and sir. In a very good way, the result is not quite what would be expected.

The story opens with Mandrake, the dragon, attacking a town in the Kingdom of Caledon and planning the return of the dragons. Right away, the story feels like the best of traditional fantasy. Since the knights and soldiers are busy dealing with the dragon attacks, young Prince Aster decides to go find the Empress Sword, an
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Sue
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this novel through Goodreads giveaway.I didn't think this was actually my type of book, but more for a young adult that enjoys fantasy novels, but I was presently surprised.The novel is well written and I got completely caught up in the characters and their adventure. The story begins with Mandrake, the dragon, attacking a town in the Kingdom of Caledon and planning the return of the dragons. A real traditional fantasy novel. Since the knights and soldiers are busy dealing with the dragon ...more
Nancy
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was happy to recv this book via the Good Reads giveaway! It arrived today and the cover art work really captured my imagination. Then, the read in the first few paragraphs that the dragon has a cramp in one of his wing tips really tickled my fancy and got me to sit down and start reading this novel NOW instead of putting it at the bottom of the stack. Will update this review once I complete the full book. Happy so far!

Finished the Empress Sword today. Though predictable, it was humorous and ch
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Icepick
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
So far, the writing (language, construction and dialogue) is quite good and the storytelling (character development and story progession) is excellent.

Updated: I very much enjoyed this book. It broke out of some of the fantasy tropes. The biggest of which is the "It's all about getting there", endless pages of traipsing through swamps, snow, forests etc... I have to admit, I missed it at first, but then realized it wasn't about the physical journey so much in this book. The characters are well
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Chris Jackson
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read the ARC before release (and as you can see on the cover, wrote a shining recommendation), and found this a delightful YA story with one really great twist (don't worry, no spoilers). Paulette brings the story forward at a good pace, with some great characterizations, and many real gems moments that have us all remembering the awkward days of our youth. Gender confusion and puberty are big players in this wonderful tale!
Julie Press
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just loved this book. A compelling story, loveable characters (even the ones you love to hate), an articulate and eloquent speaking dragon, love, loss, sadness, honor and duty. The only thing missing is the second book.
Niles Stonne
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting story. Enjoyed the "twist", which I thought was fairly obvious, but it still rolled along nicely.

I listened to the podcast version for the first 70%, then finished with the text. I really enjoyed all of the different voices, particularly Maggie!
Georgia
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful addition to the Young Adult genre! A fun engaging read with great twists and turns. Paulette Jaxton brings to life a whole new world that you want to spend more time in and makes you sad to leave when the book comes to a wonderful satisfying end. A great adventure!
Helen
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to start sympathizing with the protagonist, but that effort paid off and carried on to a satisfying conclusion.
Mikaela Suomalainen
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I want to say many things, but I am not sure how do say them.

Gender of Aster/Astrid remains unclear as they don't seem to experience dysphoria with either gender or feel better as either gender than the other. Their becoming to Astrid reminds me of signs of trans* people. They often dream/think that they (could) sacrifice their gender in order to archieve something. (Freakboy, multiple sources, myself...)

There is visible gender equality problem in world of this book.

I wish that there was so simp
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