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The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator--a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.

Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents.  Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon--one of the rare and mythical High Dragons--makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life. 

The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia's desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world--and of herself.

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    "How is your shadow?"

    "How is your shadow?" As an amature artist myself, I often look to the masters for inspiration and guidance. Todd is very much one of them. Knowing a person of incredible talent who can tell a thousand tales with a single fantastic painting, this book was an absolute must have. Having finished the book recently (ARC) I look forward to what comes next. Illustrations in the book gave a breath of life to the characters portrayed in those images. And the horrors... The world is huge, though focused on a small part (Maia's home). From her perspective (first person), the size of the world isn't just limited to her small piece of the world - through her it is given great depth and mystery. Dragon aeries, a mountain that held an ancient city, a militant religious order, and a horrific enemy that still remains elusive keeps the reader (me) locked in and reading into the dawn. Great book and it's going to be along wait for the next book. Till then, I will dream of flying my own dragon (or be one).


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