Check out the trailer!Kathy Dawson Books is pleased to announce a rich medieval fantasy novel from an author whose work has been called “TRULY ORIGINAL . . . FANTASY AT ITS BEST.”In the Time of Dragon MoonA perfectly crafted combination of medieval history, mythology, and fantasy, set on Wilde Island, featuring Uma Quarteney - a half Euit and half English girl, who has never been fully accepted by her Euit tribe - and Jackrun Pendragon - a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood.Beware the dark moon time when love and murder intertwineAll Uma wants is to become a healer like her father and be accepted by her tribe. But when the mad queen abducts her and takes her north, Uma’s told she must use her healing skills to cure the aging infertile queen by Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake. Uma soon learns the queen isn’t the only danger she’s up against. A hidden killer out for royal blood slays the royal heir. The murder is made to look like an accident, but Uma, and the king’s nephew Jackrun, sense the darker truth. Together, they must use their combined powers to outwit a secret plot to overthrow the Pendragon throne. But are they strong enough to overcome a murderer aided by prophecy and cloaked in magic?In the Time of Dragon Moon -- a tale of Love Magic and MurderPraise for Janet Lee Carey’s new Fantasy“The author’s world-building is detailed and fascinating, and Uma is a strong, admirable heroine. This is a must-purchase for libraries owning the earlier installments and a great choice for where teen fantasy is popular.” –School Library Journal“Humans, dragons and fey coexist on Wilde Island, but this uneasy peace masks a simmering, mutual distrust that surfaces after the English army abducts an Euit healer and his daughter to cure the aging queen's infertility—failure is not an option.” – Kirkus Review~In the Time of Dragon Moon is a story of courage and romance that readers will not soon forget. While Uma’s struggle to help the queen and save her people is intriguing, the depth of her character reaches much further, exploring issues of race, gender, and identity. The politics of Pendragon Castle and Wilde Island offer gripping mystery and adventure, while Uma’s relationship with Jackrun—and even her interactions with her father’s dragon, Vazan—create a rich and insightful protagonist. The text will be a sure favorite of fans of high fantasy. —Meghann Meeusen. VOYA reviewPraise for first two books of the Wilde Island trilogy; Dragon’s Keep and Dragonswood
~ALA Best Book for Young Adults“A remarkable achievement.” –Lloyd Alexander, author of the Newbery Medal winner The High King
« “Nonstop action may keep readers glued to this page-turner, but strong writing and character development are what will make it linger.” –School Library Journal, starred review
« “Stunning, lyrical prose.” –Booklist, starred review« “Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after.” Kirkus starred review« “The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances. . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly.” – SLJ, starred review
Now on to the scene!
Award-winning Fantasy author, Janet Lee Carey has stopped by to talk about her new book, In The Time of Dragon Moon, Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin © March 2015. We asked her to share a deleted scene.
“You mean like the director’s cut?”
“Yes, something like that. Show us a scene no one else will get to see.”
“We’re nothing if not daring here.”
“Okay Two Chicks, here’s a deleted scene that used to take place mid-story when Uma and Jackrun are hiding at Princess Augusta’s house deep in Dragonswood. Background: Princess Augusta Pendragon is Jackrun’s Aunt who was born with golden eyes and dragon scales across her forehead. In this scene the princesses loyal dragon Filalda reveals the story behind Augusta’s decision to leave the human world and live with the dragons and the fey folk in Dragonswood.”
I climbed out the window, and mounted Filalda. The deep green taste of forest air filled my mouth as she flew over the river and winged up the steep dark mountainside beyond. When she landed on the snowy peak I jumped down and skidded on the ice. She caught me with her tail.
“Thank you,” I said through chattering teeth.
“Yesss,” she hissed. “You have no inner fire to keep you warm here. I will have to do that.” Filalda coiled her tail around me thick end to thin end trapping me from my shoulders to my feet. I shuddered at the three sharp spikes near the tip of tail. She could strike me if she wished to kill me. It would only take a second before my blood covered the snow.
Filalda said, “Princess Augusta comes here to look west to Dragon’s Keep.”
“West to her home,” I said.
“Thissss issss her home!” Her tail tightened pressing my arms to my sides.
“Please. You are holding me too tight.” She loosened her tail and I heaved a sigh and rested my hands on her smooth scales so I could press against her if she tightened her grip again.
“Why do you show me this view, Filalda?”
“Jackrun must not to ask the princess to return to Dragon’s Keep.”
“It would kill her.”
I wasn’t sure what she meant, but I didn’t ask. “Even if I asked Jackrun not to beg her to go home, I’m not sure he would listen to me.”
“I have seen the way he looks at you, Uma. He would do whatever you asked of him.”
Did she really think that? What had she seen that I hadn’t? Ask her. I cleared my throat. “If you want me to talk to Jackrun, you will have to tell me more.”
“Jackrun and his family tried to protect the princess from the vicious rumors that spread about her since the time of her birth. Humans saw the dragon scales on her forehead and her golden dragon eyes and were afraid, hostile. Queen Adela visited the young princess when she was shut away in her room. She told Augusta every twisted piece of gossip that had passed through the island in the fourteen years since she was born. Worse, she said the princess’ father blamed Augusta for her mother’s death and that he hated her for it.”
I heaved a breath. “Augusta didn’t believe that, did she?”
Filalda said, “We are the ones with fangs and fire, but you humans are the brutal ones.”
“Yes,” I said. “We are.”
I could hear Filalda’s deep breathing like a stray wind, feel her tail moving slightly with it. “So you see why Lord Kahlil had to bring her here to Dragonswood to live with the dragons and the fey folk away from humankind.”
I looked up at her again; her warm breath ghosted the chill night air above. “But she has grown up now. She is strong.”
Filalda said, “Even the strong need love.”
This brought tears to my eyes, but I wasn’t thinking of Princess Augusta. I was thinking of Jackrun, whose strength had nearly destroyed him. Jackrun had grown used to pushing people away. I had medicines to heal the wolf’s teeth marks in his flesh. But what medicine did I have for the deeper wounds that drove him?
Woot I loved this scene! Thanks Janet!
Janet Lee Carey grew up in the bay area under towering redwoods that whispered secrets in the wind. When she was a child she dreamed of becoming a mermaid (this never happened).She also dreamed of becoming a published writer (this did happen after many years of rejection). She is now an award-winning author of nine novels for children and teens. Her Wilde Island Chronicles are ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She won the 2005 Mark Twain Award and was finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering youth to read and reach out. She tours the U.S. and abroad presenting at schools, book festivals and conferences for writers, teachers, and librarians. Janet and her family live near Seattle by a lake where rising morning mist forms into the shape of dragons. She writes daily with her imperious cat, Uke, seated on her lap. Uke is jealous of the keyboard. If Janet truly understood her place in the world, she would reserve her fingers for the sole purpose of scratching behind Uke’s ear, but humans are very hard to train. Author photo credit Heidi Pettit.
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