Elspeth (Shadow of the Dragon Series)

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Kira and Elspeth have already broken First Law many times over Now outlawed and running for their lives, they are determined to stand amongst the men and fight the unjust First Law that binds the kingdom. But cruel Lord Dorcon still stands in their way and the heat of his chase is stronger than ever. A prophecy to fulfill, a cruel monatachy to upend.

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Overview

Kira and Elspeth have already broken First Law many times over Now outlawed and running for their lives, they are determined to stand amongst the men and fight the unjust First Law that binds the kingdom. But cruel Lord Dorcon still stands in their way and the heat of his chase is stronger than ever. A prophecy to fulfill, a cruel monatachy to upend.

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VOYA - Julie Watkins
The King's First Law has been successfully subjugating females for generations, meting out imprisonment and even death for girls who dare to disobey. After leading a successful raid of the dreaded Lasser Commons prison, sisters Kira and Elspeth are on the cusp of seeing the reign of terror finally end. All that remains is to travel through the wizard Paradon's Magic Eye back to King Ardon's castle and prepare to defeat him. Unhappily, in Paradon's haste, he has mistakenly sent the girls to completely different times. Kira, along with her other siblings and friend Shanks-Spar, is caught in the unfamiliar and perilous modern world, with gun-wielding soldiers in relentless pursuit. In contrast, Elspeth has been sent far back in time where she is deemed an outcast and must live apart from society, with only her loyal dragon and fox for company. It is up to the sisters to summon all their wits, if they are to survive and reunite to unseat the King and destroy his cruel First Law. Author O'Hearn has created an exciting sequel to Shadow of the Dragon, Book 1: Kira (Kane/Miller/EDC, 2009/VOYA October 2009) that will appeal to fans of the first novel with its quick pace and engaging characters. The strong female protagonists are a refreshing contrast to the often male-dominated fantasy genre. The story's twists and turns lead to an unexpected yet satisfying ending, while simultaneously whetting the reader's appetite for more. It is a highly recommended addition to any young adult collection. Reviewer: Julie Watkins
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In book one, Kira and Elspeth's sister, Kahrin, is sent to a prison for murderers and unmarried women, and the two girls make their way to Rogue Mountain, home to a group of friendly dragons and a wizard named Paradon, to rescue her. Now, the sisters and their dragon friends attempt to travel three seasons into the future in order to defeat the evil monarch and abolish his dreadful laws. However, Paradon's spell goes awry and causes Kira and Kahrin to get sent 3000 seasons into the future while Elspeth goes the same number of seasons into the past. When they reach their destinations, they're attacked and the dragons are seriously injured and exhausted from the flight. Separated from one another and far from home, Kira, Kahrin, and Elspeth now face their most difficult tasks yet. Can they return to their time and defeat Lord Dorcan and King Arden? Set in a kingdom ruled by a law that restricts the freedom of unmarried women, the author does a great job of creating an action-packed adventure filled with suspense and even a little romance. The characters are well developed, and the plot is fast-paced and entertaining. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, children will get more out of it if they're familiar with Shadow of the Dragon (Kane/Miller, 2009).—Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Paradon meant to send Kira, Elspeth and their assorted siblings and dragons into the near future to save them from evil Lord Dorcon. Unluckily, the spell-challenged wizard has transported them to the far future instead-except for Elspeth, who, with her dragon, Harmony, and fox, Onnie, lands in the distant past. All must come together before they can set about fulfilling the prophecy that will end King Arden's reign and, with it, the hated First Law that forbids girls to read or consort with dragons and requires them to marry by age 13. While her companions and dragons contend with helicopters in a dystopian future, Elspeth lives on an isolated mountain. Aided by Elan, a sympathetic wizard, she comes into her powers and forms a tighter bond with Onnie, who is not what he seems. Engaging, fast-paced and suspenseful, this successor to the less-accomplished Book 1: Kira (2009) bucks the disappointing-sequels trend. Characters here are more complex and the plot less predictable. The result is an exciting read and a good entry-level introduction to high fantasy. (Fantasy. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935279181
  • Publisher: EDC Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Shadow of the Dragon Series , #2
  • Pages: 303
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Flamingnet.com Teen Book Reviews Top Choice Book-original and exciting!

    Shadow of the Dragons has a little bit of everything,
    romance, mystery, adventure, and more.
    Kira and Elspeth are the main characters that are leading
    a rebellion to abolish an unfair law. During their
    adventure, they visit the future, past, and back to the
    present following a prophecy. This is a interesting book
    and every page leaves you wanting more. With an unexpected
    ending, this book is wonderful to read!

    Shadow of the Dragons caught my attention from page one! I can honestly
    say I didn't want to put it down. The main characters
    (Kira and Elspeth) really are exciting and make the story
    all the better. The author, Kate O'Hearn, really excelled
    on this story. The story is not only original and
    exciting, but it also presents a unexpected twist. This
    book left me wanting more, and I would strongly recommend
    it to anyone.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Wonderful storyline, was intrigued from the very beginning.

    I purchased the first book fo rmy daughter and I read it after she finished with it. Both she and I couldn't wait to go to the store the next day to purchase the second book in the series. Kate O'Hearn did not disapoint, we were spellbound the the very last page, we are looking forward to more stories from Ms. O'Hearn.

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