Voices of Dragons

Paperback | February 15, 2011

byCarrie Vaughn

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When modern technology clashes with ancient monsters, seventeen-year-old Kay and her unlikely dragon friend, Artegal, are caught in the middle. Can their friendship stop a war?

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When modern technology clashes with ancient monsters, seventeen-year-old Kay and her unlikely dragon friend, Artegal, are caught in the middle. Can their friendship stop a war?

Carrie Vaughn survived her air force brat childhood and managed to put down roots in Colorado. Her first book,Kitty and the Midnight Hour, launched a popular series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk-radio advice show. She is also the author ofVoices of Dragons, her debut novel for teen readers. Ms. Vaughn lives in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.81 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061547905

ISBN - 13:9780061547904

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from If the Earth had Dragons... In an alternate version of earth, a fragile peace has been kept between the humans and the dragons for over fifty years. The dragons have claim to the northern and mountainous regions of the planet, and their territory is banned to all humans. Kay knows all of this – her father enforces the border near her home, but she still insists on climbing the mountains close to the border of Dragon. During one of these climbs, Kay slips and is rescued by a young dragon, Artegal. Forging a forbidden friendship, Kay and Artegal soon realize that what they share may be their two species only hope, for the human military is testing a new weapon – a weapon designed to kill dragons. I picked up this YA novel as I enjoyed some of Vaughan’s other novels, notably Steel for Young Adults, and Discord’s Apple, one of her adult novels. I have to admit, however, that I enjoyed Voices of Dragons much more than Steel. While both teen novels have pretty predictable plot lines, the character development in Dragons was more flushed out. Plus I have a stronger belief in Dragons than time travel – go figure! Both novels are aimed at the younger teen generation, and have strong female protagonists that still suffer all of the angst that today’s teenagers suffer. Dragons may leave some readers unsatisfied, as it is unclear as to whether the book was intended to be a stand-alone novel, or the beginning of a series. My hope is that Vaughan plans to continue this series and the friendship and mystery of Kay and Artegal’s world.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something New and Exciting! Ever since I was a little girl I have been in love with dragons. It started with my father reading me The Hobbit and singing to me Puff The Magic Dragon, it continued as a teenager with The Dragon Nimbus series by Irene Radford, made permanent by a dragon tattoo on my hip when I was a teenager, and renewed two days ago by Carrie Vaughs new young adult novel, The Voices of Dragons. In this novel the young protagonist Kay Wyatt lives in a world living exactly like our own except one dragon sized detail. Just outside of the town she lives in, is a boarder separating the human world from a vast expanse of land devoid of human life but filled with dragons. One day Kay has an accident while rock climbing along the boarder and is rescued and befriended by a dragon named Artegal. Carrie Vaughn brings the reality of humans and dragons co-existing on the earth to life in a unique and believable way. Her writing style was smooth, quick paced and had me staying up late into the night engorging on the written word. Throughout the novel I experienced an array of emotions ranging from excitement, intrigue, curiosity, sadness, frustration, suspense, and urgency all related to the characters and plot. As the clock on my nightstand read 1:30AM I told myself, "just one more chapter" but at the end of each one I was compelled to turn the page to find out what happened next. My only criticism of this entertaining read is that I wanted to know more about the dragons. Why were they in hiding? How long have they existed? What is their society like? Overall this is an excellent novel for young adults and adults who enjoy reading Young Adult Fiction. There is some dialogue regarding sexual activity within the novel but it is written and handled by the characters in a age appropriate, realistic, and ultimately mature way. I hope you get the chance to read this novel in the future and I hope even more that you love it as much as I did.
Date published: 2010-08-13

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“Vaughn’s universe is convincing and imaginative.”