The Dragons of Noor [NOOK Book]

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A dreamwalker who has lost her way. A shape shifter who fears his own dark power. A fire herd punished for his magic. Can these three teens keep the human world of Noor and the magical world of Oth from splitting apart?

The ancient trees of Noor are dying. If the blight kills the last azure trees whose deep roots bind the worlds, the bridge between Noor and Oth will split apart forever. Already as Hanna, Miles, and Taunier sail to the source ...
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Overview

A dreamwalker who has lost her way. A shape shifter who fears his own dark power. A fire herd punished for his magic. Can these three teens keep the human world of Noor and the magical world of Oth from splitting apart?

The ancient trees of Noor are dying. If the blight kills the last azure trees whose deep roots bind the worlds, the bridge between Noor and Oth will split apart forever. Already as Hanna, Miles, and Taunier sail to the source of the blight, the rent between the worlds is widening, and magic is going out of Noor. The quest deepens when a strange wind blows across Noor stealing young children, and Hanna is powerless to protect her younger brother from the stealing wind. The Three journey east to the azure forests of Jarrosh. East to the dragon lands. East to the place where the wind-stolen children were taken. In Jarrosh, among dragons, the Three will be challenged to discover their hidden powers. Each of them must break beyond the boundaries of self to discover the ancient magic joining all to all.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This sequel to The Beast of Noor (S & S, 2006) starts with a bang—well, a crash—and never lets up. Children are disappearing, taken by the wind, including 14-year-old Hanna's little brother and students from the Meer school where 16-year-old Miles is learning music and magic. At the same time, the waytrees that form the bond between Noor and Oth, the home of the dragons, have been dying. And the dragons, who have been waiting for more than 700 years to return to Oth, are frantic. The world building and tone are just right, and the themes of friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and protection of the planet are never intrusive. Hanna and Miles are realistic teens, affected by magical events in the past, unsure of their own abilities, and capable beyond their wildest imaginings. Most of the secondary characters are equally compelling, though Taunier, a young man who can control fire and the object of Hanna's very innocent interest, is disappointingly flat. The style is pure fairy tale and quite lovely. Only at the very end, when the characters are comparing the taste of a magical fruit to papayas and peaches, are readers jarred away from this magical place. Knowledge of the earlier book isn't required, but readers who missed it will want to catch up on the first adventure.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Carey's sequel to The Beast of Noor (2006) returns to the linked worlds of Noor (pre-industrial, mostly realistic) and Oth (traditional fantasyland) and brings teen siblings Hanna and Miles back for more adventures. The link between the worlds is being destroyed, their younger brother and other children have disappeared and Hanna is the savior the dragons have been waiting for. Oth and Noor feel a bit like the clichéd fantasy worlds so often ridiculed (see Diana Wynne Jones's Tough Guide to Fantasyland, 2006), with excerpts from magic books, songs and prophecies as chapter heads, distracting imaginary language and magic that exists in service to the plot. But despite flaws and the occasionally preachy feel (there is very little gray and lots of earnest do-gooding), young teens with a burgeoning taste for high fantasy should be satisfied, and they might even sympathize with Hanna and Miles's struggles (she must accept responsibility, he must master his anger). The first blushes of romance provide an added potential appeal but are minor enough not to impede much on the adventure. OK, despite the occasionally saccharine flavor. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606842379
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 377,521
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Janet Lee Carey is the author of Stealing Death, as well as The Beast of Noor and Dragon's Keep, which has been deemed a critical and popular success.  Her novel, Wenny Has Wings was recently turned into a major feature film in Japan. Her novels are well represented on state lists, and she won the Mark Twain Award in 2005.  She lives in Washington State with her husband.  You can visit her online at www.janetleecarey.com
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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for Teens Read Too

    Gold Star Award Winner! Janet Lee Carey continues the enthralling story of Miles and Hanna in this second book of the Noor saga, following THE BEAST OF NOOR. In this new piece, the walls between Oth and Noor are crumbling and the trees that guard them are dying. When a strong wind blows through the land and carries away the children, Hanna feels she must find the reason for the theft. She seeks guidance from the deyas, but Tymm, her eight-year-old brother, sneaks out of the house to follow her and the wind steals him, as well. Hanna sets off on a quest to discover what is going wrong with the kingdom. Miles leaves Othlore, where he is studying magic, to help rescue Tymm and the other missing children. Going along to help is Taunier, their father's sixteen-year-old helper who understands Hanna's unusual abilities. The teens join with a group of dragons, whose interest in solving the mystery could mean the difference between permanent exile and a return home. This enchanting tale takes readers on a journey they will neither be able to put down nor forget. Carey's characterization is charming, her plot addictive, and her settings beautiful. THE DRAGONS OF NOOR is a must-read for fantasy lovers of all ages!

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