Of course, this novel is also an important story about a young girl’s attainment of maturity and confidence in her talents. The main character escapes an impossible home life, lives by herself, and continues to compose music badly needed in her world.
Also, tiny dragons.
And that’s why I wanted to read this book, a sequel to Dragonsong, a book I didn’t ever even see until two years later. The little dragons, all colors, drawn on the cover of the book are irresistibly beautiful. I wanted to know about those little dragons flying around. The heck with Menolly’s personal fulfillment and acceptance into a male-dominated profession! She confronts jealous, petty girls her own age and triumphs, who cares! She has little dragons coming in the window! That’s what appealed to me.
I have grown older. I have read and loved many books since Dragonsinger, even many books by Anne McCaffrey, but none have ever been so perfectly timed for me. If you are, or if you know, a twelve-year-old girl who likes swords and dragons and alien worlds more than princesses and teenager drama and vampires, this would be a good book.
But speaking of swords and dragons and PRINCESSES, I want to tell you about a girl called Cimorene…