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Dragon Seer

by Janet McNaughton

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medieval, mythical
list price: $19.99
also available: Paperback
published: 2009
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: HarperTrophy
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Dragon Seer

Madoca, a slave, expects that her cruel mistress will be chosen as the new dragon seer. Then the unthinkable happens: Madoca herself is chosen instead and her life is changed forever.

Instantly, Madoca is whisked away to begin her training with Eenna and Nechtan, her predecessors. She savours all her lessons, but the ones that Eenna teachers her are the most challenging, and most important of all. Yet while she struggles to grow and learn, Madoca also fears for her beloved dragons. They are too few in number for breeding, a problem that urgently needs to be addressed. Of equal concern are her frightening visions, and when these visions prove all too real, the survival of the dragons is threatened. It falls to Madoca to find the way to save these noble creatures who mean so much to her and her people.

The ancient, mystical land of the Orkney Isles is exquisitely rendered in this compelling tale of magic and Viking menace. Janet McNaughton has beautifully imagined and brought to life an entire culture and way of life, a people whose traditions are deeply rooted in their ties to the dragons. The dragon lore is finely woven into the tale and the society that she creates is fully realized and highly believable. Madoca’s struggles to learn to master and focus her feelings, to communicate with the dragons and to deepen her connection to them, and to live up to the high standards that Eenna and Nechtan have set, make her a very sympathetic character and readers will identify with her feelings of uncertainty, vulnerability and desperation to do what’s right for those she loves.

Dragon Seer is a lyrical and lovely tale that has a strong spirit of place and a cast of highly memorable characters… not least of whom are the dragons!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2009. Vol.32 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Dragon Seer

Madoca, a slave girl, is chosen to be the next dragon seer, the person who cares for the dragons of Orkney and learns their magic lore. As her people question the ancient traditions that placed the dragons at the very core of her society, Madoca faces the fight of her life against Vikings. Will she be able to rescue her beloved dragons?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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Enslaved since early childhood, Madoca is astonished to be chosen as dragon seer, one who will care for the dragons of Orkney. But people now question the age-old traditions that placed the dragons at the very heart of her society, and one of the older dragon seers has made enemies among the chieftains. When the Vikings arrive with a malevolent seer who has vowed to destroy all dragons, new alliances form and the people’s way of life is threatened. As Madoca’s powers emerge, strong but uncontrolled, she faces the fight of her life. How can she save her beloved dragons?

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