SFF

Daughter of the Serpentine

Ace: Berkley. (Dragoneer Academy, Bk. 2). Nov. 2020. 496p. ISBN 9781984804082. pap. $17. FANTASY
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Knight (“Age of Fire” series) continues the story of Ileth, a teen who comes from nothing and strives to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a dragonrider in the Serpentine academy. Ileth has matured since the first book and takes on new challenges, such as balancing two apprenticeships; one as a dragonrider and the other as a dancer. As she rises in rank, enemies threaten the republic, forcing her to take charge of her future sooner than she anticipated. Knight creates a marvelous character study of a young woman within the walls of a mostly male-dominated world. Ileth possesses a gentle, easygoing manner and learns as quickly as her male peers; her intelligence is beyond the book knowledge that her fellow, more entitled colleagues possess.
VERDICT Highly recommended as a crossover for adults and YA readers drawn to fantasy novels with dragons and the women who ride them. Start with the first in the series or just dive right into this perfect adventure tale.

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