Dragonswood by JanetLee Carey

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On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned..

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet, wants more for herself than a husband and a house to keep. But in times like these wanting more can be dangerous. Accused of witchery, Tess and her two friends are forced to flee the violent witch hunter. As their pursuer draws ever closer they find shelter with a huntsman in the outskirts of the forbidden Dragonswood sanctuary. But staying with the mysterious huntsman poses risks of its own: Tess does not know how to handle the attraction she feels for him—or resist the elusive call that draws her deeper onto the heart of Dragonswood.

*"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

*"Perfectly crafted combination of history, mythology, and fantasy . . . The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances that bloom . . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly." --School Library Journal, starred review.


About JanetLee Carey

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JANET LEE CAREY grew up in Marin County California surrounded by whispering redwoods. Sunlight cut through ocean mist and fingered through the branches. It was in this magical place that she first dreamed of writing books. Her award-winning teen fantasy novels are translated into many languages. Some include: "The Dragons of Noor, "which won a Teens Read Too Gold Star Award for Excellence, "Stealing Death", which received a School Library Journal starred review, "Dragon's Keep", an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and "Wenny Has Wings", a Mark Twain Award recipient and a Sony Feature Film Japan, 2008. Janet lives with her family, dusty book stacks, and imperious cat near Phantom Lake in Washington. Visit Janet online at www.janetleecarey.com.
Published January 5, 2012 by Speak. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction

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As Wilde Island teeters toward political collapse and a vicious witch-hunter sets her sights on Tess, she and her friends flee into Dragonswood, the forbidden abode of dragons and the fey folk.

Jan 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Dragonswood


Carey is detailed in her storytelling, but not to the point where the reader is bogged down with unneeded, unwanted information—she just tells the story, weaves an engaging tale of fantasy, action and love, and lets the reader enjoy it.

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Dragonswood

Common Sense Media

After Tess is brutally tortured (in an effort to extract a confession that her powers derive from her being a witch), she and her two best friends escape the kingdom to live in Dragonswood among the fairies and fire-breathing dragons.

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