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Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7780268-0-5 B08H5DD72D
  • 188 pages
  • $7.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7780268-1-2 B08H4BXXSY
  • 190 pages
  • $1.99
Erika Agnew
Author
Dragonsown

Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

An ancient kingdom once ravaged by war against dragons is rebuilt from ruin by four prominent families. Descended from two of these families is Kael of Renwick, a young man terrified he might be dying. The crippling pains in his head and stomach have become a regular occurrence. Waking in the passages underneath his father’s castle, Kael discovers he is sleepwalking and fears where he might awaken next. Every day, there are new and stranger incidents. Hallucinating, Kael believes a dark creature is stalking him. In the blink of an eye, he can be possessed by an inexplicable rage. Frightened, Kael withdraws. He attempts to hide his misgivings while the tense relationship with his father further degrades. Even Kael’s twin brother, Keaton, begins to question his odd behaviour. Kael realizes he has two choices, both are difficult. One is to confess his growing illness, be deemed weak, and risk losing his future dukedom. The other is to secretly suffer deteriorating health but keep his dukedom and the chance to marry the girl of his dreams. The choice is made for him when Kael begins hearing voices. Fear overtakes him and he leaves home. When his condition takes an unbelievable turn, Kael struggles with his new path, one that changes his entire future. As he searches for answers, Kael is conflicted on who he can trust. Choosing wrongly could have disastrous consequences. To find the answers in time to save himself, Kael must overcome his apprehensions and trust his instincts.
Reviews
Agnew dazzles with whimsy and adventure in this debut coming-of-age fantasy about deception, trust, and the danger of holding family secrets. Fourteen-year-old fraternal twins Kael and Keaton spend their days avoiding their cold, abusive father, Lord Graydon, a duke in the kingdom of Ryk. Graydon’s anger derives from losing his wife in childbirth and the aftermath of the War of Black Ash, a devastating battle with dragons who burnt the land. Kael is afraid to tell his father about his worsening health—strange pains, sleepwalking, waking naked in surprising places. One day Kael awakens in the woods to see his uncle Arius– who had been presumed dead–and a small dragon. Arius tells him that the beast is Seraii, Kael’s wyvern guardian, and that his pains are because a dragon’s soul is possessing him and transforming his body. “We refer to ourselves as the Dragonsown. We live everywhere but belong nowhere,” says Arius.

Agnew creates a rich mythology of the power of dragons and of the truth about the War of the Black Ash. As Arius teaches Kael how to fly and breathe fire as a dragon, Kael learns that Severn and Siah, the partnered dragon leaders, actually wanted peace with the humans. Kael is dismayed by humans’ lust for war, ulterior motives, power, and greed. He has a decision to make in his new life: Where does he fit with the Dragonsown? He is torn between his two ancestral families—his father’s grandfather Kelton hated and killed dragons, while his mother’s grandfather Darragh befriended the majestic beasts.

This expansive fantasy world provides fervent readers with an undersea city, invisible dragons, merfolk, and battles with fire breathing dragons. Kael and Keaton are likable brothers who work together to right wrongs. There’s also heart, acceptance, and overcoming animosity to understand others. The text at times can be dense, but it’s vivid and exciting—and builds to a twist. Fantasy readers will eagerly look forward to more adventures in the Dragonsown series.

Takeaway: A fast-paced fantasy with the magic of dragons that tugs at the heart and provides a message of understanding.

Great for fans of: Garth Nix, Leigh Bardugo.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7780268-0-5 B08H5DD72D
  • 188 pages
  • $7.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7780268-1-2 B08H4BXXSY
  • 190 pages
  • $1.99

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