What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Children's/YA > Girl with rings that control dragons

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message 1: by Emery (new)

Emery (eshier) | 5 comments This was a series of two YA fantasy books. I read them in Jr. High, so they probably came out in the early '80s. I have no idea about title or author. Here are the things I remember:
Two male kids/young adults are travelling (no idea why). At one point they fall into the clutches of a group of witches (though I think they don't know that). Turns out the young girl witch has a ring that can summon/control a earth dragon and her scratching at it causes some tremors during the dinner the 5(?) people are having. I remember later they have found a second ring and I think I recall the witch girl (who goes off with the boys) running around a battle scene lighting fires and summoning the dragons. The only other incident I recall clearly is that at some point the group (2 guys and girl) arrive at a wizard's (?) home. One of the guys is given a test in which he has to nail a board to a wall using enchanted nails. When he hammers the nail in, it magically turns around and comes out of the board, point-first. He finally figures out he must put the nailhead against the wall and hammer down on the board.

message 2: by April Ann (new)

April Ann (Bloomer) | 516 comments The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, 1985.

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

message 3: by Emery (new)

Emery (eshier) | 5 comments I'm very familiar with Blue Sword and Hero and the Crown. Not these books. Someone has suggested Giftwish and Catchfire, but I haven't had a chance to track them down. Thanks, though.

message 4: by April Ann (new)

April Ann (Bloomer) | 516 comments Woluld it qualify as a "read alike"? I could try a search that way.

message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michellemulford) | 112 comments Actually, April Ann, I'm pretty sure that whoever suggested Giftwish and Catchfire is correct. I knew I had read these, I just couldn't find them for Emery.

message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) | 1382 comments Michelle, When you do know, please come back and post and let us know. Thanks. I hope that Giftwish and Catchfire is your book. If you want you can move this to the POSSIBLY SOLVED folder or you can leave this thread here - either way.

message 7: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (seeford) | 63 comments Here are links to the books you mentioned:
both by Graham Dunstan Martin

message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michellemulford) | 112 comments Here is a picture of the book cover:
Giftwish - http://www.librarything.com/work/82448

message 9: by Emery (new)

Emery (eshier) | 5 comments Yeah, I suspect this may be them as they are the only YA fantasy duology I can't seem to track down. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get a good summary of the books to see what they're about. I have a friend at work doing an interlibrary loan to get them, just takes time. (Advantage of working at a college.)

message 10: by Miriam (new)

Miriam | 681 comments Michelle, does Giftwish have dragons? The summary doesn't mention any.

message 11: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michellemulford) | 112 comments From what I remember it does, and the book cover has a dragon on it.

message 12: by April Ann (last edited May 23, 2009 05:57PM) (new)

April Ann (Bloomer) | 516 comments Could it be something by Ann McCaffrey?


message 13: by rivka (new)

rivka | 298 comments Unlikely. Riders (and rarely others) speak to their dragons telepathically in the McCaffrey books. No rings or magic of any kind (the dragons are actually genetically engineered).

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