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Fifteen-year old Donavah's peaceful life as a magic student at Roylinn Academy is shattered when her brother, Breyard, discovers a dragon's egg. Dragons belong to the king, and merely possessing the egg is treason. The hatchling turns out to be one of a powerful race that official history says was wiped out long ago. Breyard is arrested and sentenced to death and Donavah is sent away to a retreat center where she learns a secret prophecy about the red dragons' return. She realizes that the evil king and his Royal Guards will stop at nothing to capture and corrupt the new dragon to prevent a prophecy from being fulfilled. With the help of a kitchen boy, the teen is determined to save both Xyla and her brother-but whom can she trust? This quest fantasy is set in a medieval world somewhat reminiscent of post-Roman Britain. "Quotations" from legends and ancient chronicles hint at long-established history. There are instances of cruelty and violence and Donavah is nearly assaulted by a drunken guard. Although the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, there are a number of plot threads left to be resolved in a planned sequel. An acceptable choice where there is a strong demand for fantasy.
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