Originally published as Big Dragons Don’t Cry
If He Doesn’t Fly, His World Will Die
After naming Druid the Dragon of Destiny, his parents abandoned him in a swamp, and he bitterly vowed to never fly again.
Now his destiny is looking a lot like death. Malvern Frost, a cunning and malicious opportunist, wants to destroy the swamp and turn it into real estate. Only the dragon’s presence prevents him from realizing his dream of wealth and power.
Exploiting a centuries-old fear of the allegedly vicious creature few have seen, the would-be tycoon tries to ignite the humans’ terror into murderous rage. Enthusiasm for killing the dragon builds, and Frost realizes that with his rising popularity, he could topple the current government and establish himself as dictator.
Druid needs allies, but those he meets—a kitten who hasn’t learned diplomacy and a young woman who’s afraid to reveal her psychic gifts—don’t know how to save him from death and the nation from tyranny. They must overcome communication difficulties, mutual mistrust, and delusions of human superiority before it’s too late. And Druid must abandon his vow and fly.
About the Author
On my mother's side of the family, I come from a line of storytellers. My grandmother's stories ranged from my grandfather's arrest for draft resistance in England during World War I, the uncertainty of life during the Troubles in Ireland, to the day she decided to leave her marriage (but didn't). My mother's stories described a rural childhood that to a child of a suburb of little boxes seemed idyllic. Both of them encouraged me to read and provided me with books to feed a growing habit. When I was seven or eight, I discovered mythology, and the gods and goddesses in those tales were as real to me as the dragons and cats in my own stories are now. Thanks to my early training in fantasy, I like to hang out with dragons. Accepting the bizarre directions my imagination takes has allowed me to conjure up Zen cats, cougars, gossip-vending hawks, and other critters. Currently I live in upstate New York on a wooded piece of land not unlike some of the terrain in Big Dragons Don't Cry. Since 2000 I've belonged to the online writers' group, Artistic License, subtitled Shameless Blameless Hussies. They've read all my books, but don't blame them if you find errors, because they're shameless. I also paint, and the art on my book cover is one of my watercolors.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dragon Who Wouldn't Fly by C. M. Barrett is an enchanting original fantasy suitable for adult and YA readers. I loved the quest, the idea that emotions are as important as logic, and that an individual only has to listen to hear nature and feel love's presence. There are three major characters: Druid the dragon who must overcome his feelings of abandonment and find his destiny; Tara the kitten who is on a quest to save the world, and a young woman who must accept her psychic abilities so she can help Tara and Druid. Full of positive themes, the book is uplifting. But, the story is not all rosy and reflects mankind's destructive nature towards the environment. At least in this book, it is not too late to change the growing destruction. This is the first book in the "Dragon's Guide to Destiny" series. To date, there are four more books in the series. I hope they are all as entertaining, well-written, and intriguing as the first book,
interesting - not for hard core sci-fi readers. uplifting - food for thought