Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls

Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls

by Jane Lindskold

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Sarah talks to her rubber dragon. She also talks to walls, paintings, and other inanimate objects. She has incredible difficulty talking to humans. That makes her crazy, right?

What most people don't bother to discover is that when Sarah talks to inanimate objects, they answer.

Tossed out onto the streets from the mental institution where she has lived most of her adult life, Sarah is adopted by Abalone, a hacker whose home is the weird and wild industrial Jungle ruled over by Head Wolf. But Sarah's idyll with her new Pack can't last. Someone is searching for her – and not even the Pack can protect her from those who know her secret and plan to use her gift for their own dark ends.

This special edition contains the original novel, along with the essay "Pride of Place," which talks about the origin of Lindskold's first published novel.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161649275
Publisher: Obsidian Tiger Books
Publication date: 08/29/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 627,793
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Lindskold is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-five novels and seventy-some short stories, as well various works of non-fiction. Her novels include the six volume Firekeeper Saga, the three volume Breaking the Wall series, and many others. You can see a full listing of her works at

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Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MinaInBlue More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked this book up; it had an interesting cover, and the artwork was intriguing. So I payed for it, brought it home, and finished it in a matter of hours.

The plot is oddly entrancing in a Pretty. Odd. kind of way. Sarah is stuck in a mental institution, because she hears things. When her institution is "cleaned up," she is released, she ends up running with a pack of underground commune of Wolves (or so they call themselves).

There's one problem with Sarah; she can only speak in quotes. The parts of her brain that allow original thoughts to form words have been corrupted from birth.

This book is full of action and very deep and unforgettable characters, such as Sarah's "pet" rubber dragon with two heads; one's name is Betwixt, and the other's Between.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes the fantastic and lovable character-driven novels.
new_tribe_counseling More than 1 year ago
Several times while perusing the bookstore shelves I picked this one up, and after looking at the cover, put it back down. After the 5th or so time of picking it up, I brought it home. As it turns out, it was literary crack, and I couldn't put it back down. An amazing story, with amazing an amazing Heroine, who has an amazing journey. This is one I will return to again and again.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In her asylum, Sarah is different than the rest. She only speaks in memorized verse--especially Shakespeare and Blake--and always has her vinyl two-headed dragon close by. However, she's not really autistic. When budget cuts force her onto the streets, she falls into a street gang that guards her with fierce protectiveness. Sarah soon realizes something strange: she can hear the voices of more objects than her dragons. Walls speak their security codes, and paintings tell their history. And when a doctor from the asylum that raised her begins a frantic search for Sarah, she'll need all the wiles of her street friends and her own gifts if she'll make it out alive.I love the premise here. Sarah is an amazing character, and first person narration works perfectly here because she can think like other people, but she doesn't speak or listen like others. The beginning of the book is filled with vibrant characters from the street; on some levels those interactions worked, though some sexual elements felt forced and didn't fit with the rest of the book. Her friend Abalone shines. In the latter half, that feeling isn't there. Sarah is on the run and the cast is limited, and some of the best characters from the beginning fall into stereotypes. It makes the book feel unbalanced. One of the big plot twists at the end was easy to see coming, too. It's not a bad read--it's good for a study of technique alone--but I don't feel it's worth keeping.
babsji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it. It does have some moments that don't flow as well as other parts, chiefly the Jungle and Head Wolf. But I do see where they were needed to set up other parts of the story. Yes, it is dark, but unfortunately true to how our society deals with the mentally ill and elderly. How often do we see/think how they percieve "us", the sane ones. Still, I'd like to read some more of Sarah's adventures.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was maybe a little too dark for me. The concept was good, but I just felt bad for all of the characters most of the time. The writing was good, the concept was interesting and well executed, I just was not drawn in. If you like a gritty reality in your fantasy books, you will probably not have a problem with this book.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What this reminded me of, more than anything, was 'Dark Angel', although it actually precedes it (no one ever accused 'Dark Angel' of any degree of originality): waifish young woman living in an asylum is chucked out onto the streets, finds refuge with a street gang that models itself on 'The Jungle Book' (er, as you would), gradually, with help from her friends, uncovers the Dark Secret of her, as it turns out, bioengineered past. Ever-so-slightly bizarre.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wildly imaginative story. Sarah has been turned out of the asylum from lack of funding. She has a special gift - inanimate objects talk to her. Locks share their combinations, hidden doors reveasl themselved - and someone wants that power for their own evil purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and well written. However, I continue to disbelieve that so many people would help Sarah, who is beyond stupid and annoying. I get the Wolf Leader's interest - plain old lust - but why any of the other characters? A good book makes you suspend disbelief; as Sarah gets stupider and stupider,it becomes increasingly unbelievable. Why would she cooperate with the Institute if she weren't stupid and entirly lacking in self-respect?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a reprint of what must be an early novel from a then not yet mature writer. I have not read her later work, although I plan to, now. For this one, the potential to be so much more was there throughout. If the main character had not had such a strong voice, this would have been a disappointment. The plot is simple, the characters not as well developed as they could 'one feels they will' be, but it all hangs together. This tale does not have the flaws that so many early works have, and it has some creative flourishes that impressed me. I would read more of this writer's work and of this character if it were available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment to me. At first glance ¿ the premise of the plot seems really intriguing. A 30 year old woman named Sarah lives in a Home for mentally handicapped people. She is autistic but can communicate by repeating quotes from literature. She carries with her a two-headed toy dragon that is named Between and Betwixt. Sarah has an unusual gift ¿ she can talk with her dragon, and is able to communicate with inanimate objects. When budgets are cut, Sarah is released from the Home and must wonder the streets alone. This is where the story becomes disappointing for me. Sarah is found by Abalone, a shirtless young girl with a wolfhead tattoo between her breasts ¿ and takes her to ¿the jungle¿ to meet the ¿head wolf¿ and learn the ¿jungle laws.¿ Sarah becomes a part of this underground society where Rudyard Kipling¿s ¿The Jungle Book¿ is the basis of how they rule. As a reader I was not interested in the story of the ¿the jungle¿ and the people in it. I am interested in Sarah, in her gift, in her unique ability to communicate. Unfortunately, the author does not explore that very much. Where we do learn about Sarah and how she came to be - the outcome is less then what I expected. The book had an amazing idea but fell flat around the third chapter or so. I kept reading because it was compelling ¿ however, I ended up exchanging the book for something else, cause quite frankly, I was so disappointed in it. Perhaps you may enjoy the story of the ¿headwolf¿ and `the jungle¿ ¿ I however could care less. This book didn¿t seem to have depth or heart to it. Just an interesting little premise that wasn¿t natured into a proper book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many books out there, stories tend to repeat themselves. Not here! This is an original concept. Are people we classify as 'metally ill' really ill? Or just special somehow? Ms, Lindskold takes the reader down a new path. One where a young girl considered 'metally ill' is not just a random act of nature, someone intended her to exist. Devious people label her as ill in order to mask her true abilities. When she is released from the hospital, she has no where to go and she is adopted by a street gang of more 'mentally ill' poeple! In them she finds a family. A great read, with lots of twists and surprises.