Dragonswood, the newest book by YA author Janet Lee Carey, hit shelves in January. I am happy to share a review with you of a book that in my opinion, earned 5 stars. If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this book, check out my Leprechaun Hop running March 17-22, 2012.
The Story: Blacksmith’s daughter, Tess, lives in a small hamlet near the Dragonswood sanctuary. She spends her days recovering from her abusive father and playing with her good friends, Meg and Poppy. Her life takes a turn for the worse when the royal witch hunter accuses her of witchcraft and demands a “float or sink” test.
Tess knows she is not a witch, but, she does have fire visions of the future and often breaks the law by going into the Dragonswood. She knows she is doomed, unless someone or something can save her.
Fleeing her trial with Meg and Poppy, Tess ends up hiding in the Dragonswood under the care of huntsman Garth. Handsome, but aloof, Tess finds herself falling for him. However, she is also struggling to escape the voices in her head that tell her to head North.
My Thoughts: Loved it so much. It has everything I want in a fantasy novel. Tess is an amazing character who is strong despite years of abuse. She is distrustful of males, and events occur that put her feelings to the test. She must learn and adapt.
And dragons! It is nice to read a great tale with these magical ancients. Plus, there are fairies. So cool. The side characters of Meg and Poppy are not overlooked in any way, and add great flavor to the story, especially Poppy, who takes on an unexpected role.
Garth is a kind soul, who treats Tess with respect. I like the dual nature of his role.
The book ends wonderfully. I am very hopeful for a sequel that delves into the roles of Jackrun and Princess Augusta.
Want to win a copy? Check out my Lucky Leprechaun Hop running from march 17-22, 2012.