Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

“Many stories tell of damsels in distress who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor and swept off to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories. True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that a knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession. But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.”

Fantastic! I absolutely loved this book and am a huge fan of Jessica George’s work. I am in eager anticipation of picking up the sequel to this book, Dragon Flight, as soon as possible. It’s been awhile since I stayed up late at night to finish a book, which I had to do for Dragon Slippers. I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. I am normally not a huge fan of dragons. I love fairy tales and fantasy novels, but for some reason I have never really liked dragon stories. This book has made me change my mind. I loved the dragons in this story; they had great personality and were presented in a new and refreshing view. As for our heroin Creel, I loved her. She was witty, smart, fun, and endearing. I just hated her name! I hate writing that, but I really didn’t love the name “Creel”. That sounded more like a name for a dragon then our heroine, I kind of nicknamed her CC in my mind (her full name is Creelisel Carlburn). And our young prince Luka was very likable, charming, and has a big heart. He and Creel have great chemistry, and although a romance wasn’t the main theme of the book, I’m hoping that something will develop in the rest of the trilogy. Everyone should read this book!

Book One: Dragon Slippers
Book Two: Dragon Flight
Book Three: Dragon Spear

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