In a secret land protected from humans, live the last of the dragons. They are hiding from humans and the dragsaurs--beasts that would destroy dragons. The dragons live normal lives. Some are guards, teachers, make items, go to school, or provide food. Their tasks become more difficult because their talents are fading. One day a strange egg hatches, and Yoshiko is born. Yoshiko faces many challenges, and must go on a dangerous mission in the human world to return magic to the dragons. Will Yoshiko complete his mission in time?
I received a free copy of this book to review from the author*. I had not heard of this book before, and was happy to discover a new book. It was an engaging coming of age story. Yoshiko faces many challenges that readers can identify with such as: problems with bullies, trying to find his place in the world, and being a little different from everyone else. Being able to identify with the main character(even thought he is a dragon and we are humans) really helped pull me into this fantasy world.
I really liked the details in this book, such as: the information about the different dragon clans and the important role they all play in keeping the community strong, the dragon mythology, or fire flowers that only open to the flames of dragon cave fires. I thought there was the perfect amount of detail to make you feel part of this fantasy world, without overwhelming the reader. I think it would be a great book for ages 7-12, but other ages would probably enjoy it as well.
Suzuki writes an excellent fantasy story, and I cannot wait to read more of her books! If you enjoy fantasy or books about dragons, I recommend reading this book.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book I would not have read as soon or heard about otherwise.