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Voices of Dragons

(Voices of Dragons #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  4,439 ratings  ·  498 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 January 1st 2009)
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​Sixty years ago dragons came out of hiding and made their presence known to the humans. A treaty was formed to keep peace and avoid any kind of war between the two. 17 year old Kay knows that by accidentally crossing the border into the dragon world, she is breaking the treaty and law, but she does it any way because she's an idiot. There a dragon named Artegal saves her life and a friendship forms between the two. Could their friendship stop a war and unite humans and dragons? Lol sure. Why no ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who befriended a dragon.

Kay was an okay character, but she did seem a little silly at times. Free climbing on her own when nobody knows where she is? Thinking that talking to a dragon wouldn’t get her in trouble? Not the brightest spark.

The storyline in this was about Kay accidentally going over the boarder of the dragon lands, and being rescued by a young dragon who she then formed a friendship with. We then got some humans making some silly decisions ab
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sixty years ago dragons had come out of hiding and made their presence known but a treaty was formed to avoid conflict that sent the dragons back into hiding. Now Kay Wyatt knows that she is breaking the law by rock climbing near the border of where the dragon land begins but when she has an accident and is saved by a young dragon the two become friends not thinking they are hurting anyone.

Voices of Dragons had an interesting idea behind it but in the end I'm not really a fan of the direction t
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read: July 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

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
Apr 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

Why is there not a sequel for this?!!?!? I don't want it to be over! This book was a quick fantastic read and the way it ended... I just want more! I highly recommend this book, especially if you love dragons.
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
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for

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
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm. Well, I did like the bits with Artegal and "Dracopolis." And some of the bits about the philosophies of fear and borders and security and war and PR.... But the rest was very juvenile, trite, and implausible YA. Why is Kay so disobedient, given who her parents are? Why is she 17 and still just a sophomore? Why don't her parents take away the keys to her Jeep? Why does she even have her own car? (Is that taken for granted nowadays in some microcultures? Other YA that I've read doesn't show e ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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,
May 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sharon Mariampillai
Actual Rating: 3.5

I really enjoyed this read. The story was great. I really liked the friendship between Kay and Artegal. I loved that Artegal was able to read. At first, I thought Kay was an okay character. As the story progressed, I began to like her more and more. I did not like Tam. She was too shallow for me, and it made me wonder how Kay could be friends with her. Also, the ending did not tell me anything, so I was disappointed in the way it ended. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Nancy Meservier
Mar 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Princess Bookie
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010

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
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 336pgs
Genre: Young Adult; Dragons
Reason For Reading: Group Buddy Read

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: Kinda.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 6
Ending: 5

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Talking dragons!
Worst Part: Flat characters
Thoughts Had: More dragons please


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: The
Paige (Arya)
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Heather T
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2016
Source: I read this book online.
Cost: Unknown

Title: Voices of Dragons
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Genre: YA, supernatural
Overall Rating: 2.5 stars

I feel mean, I really really do feel mean. It was okay, but it just wasn't what I wanted or expected. I wanted this book to be full of badass dragon action. I wanted a girl who was kind of like Dany from Game of Thrones (with less of a murdery affect) and dragons that were amazing and awe inspiring. Instead we got a flat main character and a drago
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Carrie Vaughn has once again proven that my issue with YA is that I don't particularly care to spend a lot of time in a teenager's head. When I read YA that it's easy to forget the MC is a teen I tend to enjoy that better than YA in which I can't forget the MC's age.

I loved this story, except it was YA and I couldn't forget it. Now, that doesn't mean the character was unpleasant, quite the contrary in fact. The MC is unusually likeable for a teen. There is no forgetting, however, that she is a t
Barbara ★
I'm a sucker for dragons so this book was right up my alley...young adult or not. Of course, our heroine, Kay did some stupid things like rock climbing alone but she's a kid so it's expected. I loved Artegal (the dragon) and liked Jon (the boyfriend) a lot. The cliff hanger ending wasn't a surprise and I look forward to seeing where Ms. Vaughn takes Kay and Artegal next.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I signed up for dragons. Not Kay's virginity.

I read this book years ago, and decided to give it a reread. DNF at 45%. I'm a simple person, I see dragons... I enjoy. But I just couldn't this time. Because you're not gonna get too much about dragons. You're going to get this.

Meet Kay. She's so painfully "not like other girls." She likes to hike and climb... which are apparently now personality traits. Kay throws together an outfit with whatever's around, compares herself constantly to her super-se
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of independent, strong-minded young women
Shelves: ya, fantasy
When humanity started using atomic weapons, we got a big surprise. The detonations not only killed humans--they also awakened dragons slumbering beneath the earth. A vicious war ensued between the astounded humans and the enraged dragons. On the cusp of mutually-assured destruction, both species managed to come together long enough to agree to a treaty.

Decades later, emotions against the dragons are running high. It's been long enough since their arrival that people have started to forget why t
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
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Carrie Vaughn is the author more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories. She's best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. In 2018, she won the Philip K. Dick Award for Bannerless, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Next up for her: two collections connected to the ...more

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