The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood is a story about a girl who just wants to raise a dragon, but instead has to deal with corruption on one side and an ancient evil on the other. Obviously I had to read this book based on the presence of dragons alone, but I didn’t expect to discover a dragon-filled world so reminiscent of Pern and full of so many delightful dragons!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Summer Dragon from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (The Evertide #1)
Published by DAW on May 3rd, 2016
Page Length: 512 pages
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Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.
- So the dragons in this world are at least as intelligent as their human companions and therefore are only limited by their mouths’ ability to speak human words. This leads to some freaking adorable baby talk by dragons of all ages and don’t even get me started on the baby dragons’ playing!
- The main character, Maia, is a wonderful heroine. She refuses to let others’ doubt affect her opinion of herself and she is brave and determined in the face of a whole lot of adversity. I know there is sometimes skepticism when a male author writes a female main character, but Maia is a woman I would want to be friends with and I don’t think anyone could have written her better.
- What is better than a villain that you love to hate?? There are a couple of forces aligning against Maia, but one of them is a representative from the ruling religion and gaaaaaahhhhhh I hate this guy! Makes for a compelling story ;-).
- Something I didn’t realize before jumping in to this book is that the author was first an illustrator! Therefore, there are quite a few gorgeous ink illustrations throughout The Summer Dragon and you know that they are depicting scenes correctly since the author drew them :D.
- I was totally on board with the dragons and everything until the end. Then we went down this road of explanation that was way too close to The Dragonriders of Pern for my liking. I was Pern obsessed, so I’m sure a lot of readers won’t notice, but the similarities got to a ridiculous point and honestly McCaffrey did it better.
- The Summer Dragon is really basically two books in one and it is pretty obvious because it is separated into parts. When I finished the first part, I started thinking that perhaps it was a collection of stories, but it turns out that there is just one long story and a short story that is told beforehand. I always find this construction odd.
The Summer Dragon is a fun read for anyone who loves dragons. Old school Pern fans will find some amusing similarities, but fans new and old won’t be able to resist falling for these dragons. I’m excited to see more of this world and find out what happens next!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood
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