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Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland's mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that's not all.

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland's Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.

Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected.

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937929893
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion. Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie was signed to Seventh Star Press in September of 2010, to publish her full Leland Dragon Series. Book One, Redheart, was reissued in March of 2011, with Book Two, Sela, to follow in the beginning of 2012, and the third book of the series in early 2013. For more information on Jackie, please visit her official website at

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Sela 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AlisBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Jackie Gamber does it again, with the second book in the Leland Dragon Series. I was so excited to get my hands on this book and as soon as I opened up the first page I was hooked. I couldn't put this one down just like the first book. I loved all the little details of this story and enjoyed reading about each and everyone of the characters that fill the pages of Sela. I have no idea how Jackie Gamber keeps track of all of them when she is writing, but that's what makes her so amazing and talented. I loved the mixture of the old characters and the new characters as well. Plus, Jastin is back in this story and if you've read my review for Redheart, you know I love to hate him. He is just one of those characters that you feel for, but at the same time hate what he does sometimes. I really liked how Jackie Gamber, once again, filled each character with real feelings. Something that makes a book so believable and fantastic! The mixture of magic, creatures, and secrets makes this a must read for me. My favorite part of this book is flying. It's something that Sela wants so badly. When you are reading the story you can feel it right along with her! I also of course, love dragons and this book doesn't let you down as a reader on that part. There are all kinds of dragons!!! I need more of this series and I can't wait to read more from Jackie Gamber. I love the world she has created in this series and I can't get enough of it!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Fast-moving action adventure with dragons, mystery and heart Sela is the second of Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon series, but it stands alone perfectly well. Darker and richer than book one, it’s a smoothly told tale of a girl who believes she’s a dragon (or is that a dragon believing she’s a girl). Cast out from her dragon home for her own protection, she suffers all those natural teen angsts about rejection. Meanwhile her uncle attempts to protect her, only to find she’s taking foolish risks in an attempt to protect him. Ah, if only we’d just tell the truth and the whole truth to each other. But perhaps that wouldn’t work much better either. Sela finds herself kidnapped and paraded before an ambitious leader as prospective bride. But how can she marry if she wants to be a dragon? And if she’s a dragon, can she really risk allying her dragon inheritance in the mountains with this fiendish human’s lands? While warriors kill dragons for sport, Sela and her fellow bridal candidates dine in a hall under the torso of a dead dragon. It’s like eating in a grave for Sela, but caring too much for dragons might risk revealing her hidden nature. In fact, there are far more secrets than this to be uncovered in Jackie Gamber’s fast-moving tale. The mysterious dark dragon, the legend of the black dragon’s evil betrayal, the sneaky white, the mystical gold… A wealth of characters fill these pages, but the author cleverly keeps them all well-defined with no need for awkward lists of who’s meant to be who. I really enjoyed the slow revelations of political machinations, the magical appearance of hope, and the intriguing questions about the nature of magic. But best of all is the feeling of flying—Sela longs for it, the reader is enthralled by it, and the world is the better for it. Jackie Gamber has created a fascinating world with science and mythology all its own, blended into magic, and rendered into thoroughly enjoyable adventures on the page. Like its predecessor Redheart, Sela is pleasingly complete in itself, but I’m definitely looking forward to more tales of these Leland Dragons. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Gamber has written another wonderful novel in that of Sela, the sequel of Redheart, which picks up many years after Redheart’s conclusion and focuses on the second generation of dragons in Leland province. Though there is a generational gap between the novels, I found it extremely refreshing as new characters permeate the novel, and yet our beloved older characters still pepper the story enough to have a healthy presence. Gamber’s choice to continue her story through this generation gap allows her characters years of peace and quiet in between, which is perfect as Redheart had a complete ending, with no cliffhangers. There are no dire circumstances the reader is dying to know about and so, when Sela picks up years later, the reader is given a brand new cast of characters with just enough information about the beloved previous ones to make a wonderful sequel. Mirroring the writing style of the first novel, Gamber presents her story using different perspectives, focusing mainly on Sela, but also jumping to different characters and giving the reader an in-depth glimpse into their minds as the events surrounding them become perilous. I really enjoyed this writing style, and the use of third person was ideal as it gives the reader access to all the characters’ thoughts and feelings. Sela, trapped in her human form and desperate to become a dragon again, sets the events of the novel in motion through her rash decisions, taking the reader on an exciting ride through the Leland and Esra Provinces as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed her character; her headstrong personality made her lovable, though it gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. Her parents, Kallon and Riza, only want to protect her, but having a human among dragons is dangerous for all, especially as Fordon Blackclaw is still on the loose. Sure she must protect her parents and create her own destiny, Sela sets off on a journey full of suspense and peril, landing her in the middle of the Esra Provence and the object of the Venur’s desires… though many of the events in the story seem disconnected, Gamber has expertly woven them all together, leading to the finale that will leave the reader yearning for more. With its fantastical nature, riveting characters, and suspenseful prose, Sela is a book all will enjoy.