The Summer Dragon (The Evertide – 1) by Todd Lockwood
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.
Maia’s family have raised dragons for the government. But Maia would like to get her own dragon and with the larger than normal qits Maia and her brother have a chance to get one. But then the army shows up to claim the qits, they learn of another high producing aerie that has been attacked, and an army of Horrors (horrible mutations of dead dragons and their riders, things don’t look so promising for Maia. But when her brother and her spot the Summer Dragon it seems things are going to look up. Maia takes this is a sign that she will finally have her own dragon. But there are stronger forces that have been in play since ancient times and Maia is going to get more than she bargained for.
Maia is such a strong character that is bound and determined to get her own dragon. I loved how she was willing to work for what she wanted and that she was very open and honest. Maia seems to blame herself for her mother’s death and anything else that goes wrong. But she doesn’t let this stop her, it just gives her more motivation to keep going.
This is a great fantasy story with a feeling of hope even in the dark times. There are some moments that are rough but I love how they are used to show the variety of people’s reactions during dark times. Some rise and keep fighting while others sit down and give up.
This is the first book and what looks to be an epic story. I recommend this for everyone. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I received The Summer Dragon for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.